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The Language Detective

Coming Later This Year

Coming later this year is The Language Detective by Dr John Olsson. As one of Britain’s leading forensic linguists and the world’s first fulltime language detective, Olsson previously authored two best-selling accounts of his cases: Word Crime (2012) and More Word Crime (2018). His academic text Forensic Linguistics (2013) is considered the most authoritative on the subject and is required reading for students worldwide.

    Dr John Olsson is an internationally recognised forensic linguist who has given crucial testimony in high profile trials around the world. His specialty is exposing the authorship of anonymous documents including hate mail, hoax letters and product contamination threats; as well as kidnap and ransom demands. He has also solved a number of codes in conspicuous criminal cases and has worked on every serious class of crime including murder, terrorism, assault, fraud, forgery, narcotics distribution, organised crime, kidnapping and extortion.

    The Language Detective is Olsson’s autobiography, ranging from his childhood in South Africa during the apartheid years to his passions for languages and flying, through to his work in the courts and his legal qualifications as both a barrister and solicitor, as well as a PhD in Forensic Linguistics — he is the only person to hold all three.

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