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Forensic Dentist Uses Professional Experience as Inspiration for a Crime Novel

Forensic dentist Mary Bush, DDS, an associate professor and assistant dean for clinical affairs in the University At Buffalo (UB) School of Dental Medicine, has published her first novel, “A Simple Lie.”

BUFFALO, NY — Forensic dentist Mary Bush, DDS, an associate professor and assistant dean for clinical affairs in the University At Buffalo (UB) School of Dental Medicine, has published her first novel, “A Simple Lie.” The novel follows former dentist Valentina Knight who, after being maimed in an attack, lies to land a job as a death scene investigator. The lie places her in the crosshairs of a serial killer. The novel also touches on bite mark evidence, according to a University at Buffalo news story.

Bush is an expert on the admissibility of bite mark evidence in the U.S. court system. She and her colleague and husband, Peter Bush, BS, has helped identify murder victims by analyzing their dental work. They were among the first researchers to question the validity of bite mark analysis, and were cited or testified in several court cases, including the prominent trials of Douglas Prade and Clarence Brian Dean.

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