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Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

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An authoritative history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation, from the author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Human Predator.

Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace conce
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Dec 23, 2010 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A brief history of the evolution of forensic science. Some very interesting facts in there, including who was the first criminal to be convicted of murder based on DNA evidence (Colin Pitchfork in the U.K.) and the first attempts at lie-detectors tests (13th C. China had the accused chew rice while they were asked questions about the crime, and then required to spit it out--the liars then identified by their inability to spit out the rice because their mouths would've dried up due to the stress ...more
Anita Dalton
Admittedly, at this point in my reading life, there is nothing new under the sun where forensics books are concerned. I learned very little new reading this book. But I am a Katherine Ramsland fan girl. Her worst book is still better than 90% of the books available on paranormal or true crime themes. So while I did not learn much new, the fact is that this book is well-researched and wonderfully written. And as usual, I found many new books to read exploring the selected bibliography in her book ...more
Sarah Beth
"Crime has been part of human society since Cain slew Abe, and identifying perpetrators has challenged the greatest minds to develop reliable techniques for investigation and prosecution." This was certainly the most gruesome book I've ever read due to its graphic descriptions of countless murders. Yet I found the slow development of scientific means to determine guilt interesting. We've certainly come a long way from the original crime detection technique of confessions via torture. What distur ...more
Emily Sours
the part i was interested in, the very early history of forensics, is incredibly fascinating! there are short reviews of the crimes that led to progress and even a history of chinese forensics (though the rest is mainly western science). i stopped reading after the history of fingerprinting, as that part of forensics i know much better and reading it was redundant (for me!). this book is definitely for the expert and layman alike, definitely worth reading!!
Lauren Albert
A good introduction to the history of forensics--fingerprinting, blood analysis, forensic entomology, etc.
Jennifer T
I found this book so fascinating, it gives an in depth look into the evolution of Forensics.
Carisa Sanchez
Good read. A little hard to get through but a good read overall
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