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by Larry Ragle
One of the nation's top forensic scientists, Larry Ragle has investigated countless brutal and baffling crimes during his forty-year career. Now he takes us behind the yellow police tape and into the medical examiner's laboratory for a fascinating look at his most sensational cases, revealing how cutting-edge science and medical technology were used to shed brilliant light ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Avon
(first published July 31st 1995)
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Forensics: If It Doesn't Walk, We Bring Out the Chalk
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This was a remarkably fun-loving book about crime-scene investigation, by a man obviously well-practiced in coping via gallows humor. All kinds of common and rare scenarios are laid out and explained in scientific detail. Anyone interested in real-life CSI should drop whatever they are doing and buy this book.
Aug 17, 2012 Charles Clark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who read or watch crime fiction.
The science and tech in the book is a little dated only due to the book being about a decade old. Even so, this book will give you a better idea of what forensic criminalists actually do compared to the depictions you might encounter in books or on tv and film.