The Forensic Casebook

The Forensic Casebook

The Science of Crime Scene Investigation

Book - 2002 | First edition.
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An intrepid investigator crawls through miles of air conditioning ducts to capture the implicating fibers of a suspect's wool jacket . . . A forensic entomologist discovers insects in the grill of a car and nails down a drug dealer's precise geographical path . . . A gluttonous criminal's fingerprints are lifted from a chocolate truffle. . . .

Filled with these and many other intriguing true stories, and packed with black and white illustrations and photographs, The Forensic Casebook draws on interviews with police personnel and forensic scientists--including animal examiners, botanists, zoologists, firearms specialists, and autoposists--to uncover the vast and detailed underworkings of criminal investigation. Encyclopedic in scope, this riveting, authoritative book leaves no aspect of forensic science untouched, covering such fascinating topics as:

* Securing a crime scene
* Identifying blood splatter patterns
* Collecting fingerprints-- and feet, lip, and ear prints
* Interpreting the stages of a body's decay
* Examining hair and fiber evidence
* Trace evidence from firearms and explosives
* "Lifting" DNA prints
* Computer crime and forensic photography
* Career paths in criminal science

Lucidly written and spiked with real crime stories, The Forensic Casebook exposes the nitty gritty that other books only touch upon. Here is a reference book as addictive as a page-turning novel of suspense.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345452030
Branch Call Number: 363.25 GEN
Characteristics: ix, 319 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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