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THE ULTIMATE READERS' GUIDE TO THE ART OF FORENSICS
"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 c
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Published August 27th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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Martin
Assuming I was going to read a dense book on the details of crime scene investigation I was sorely disappointed to received a large font Forensics for Dummies book in my mailbox. Amazon lists this work as "Encyclopedic" but most information is less interesting and detailed than anything you could find on Wikipedia. Some of the material reads more like an advertisement from schools offering forensic programs but I wouldn't use this book as a way to find out what they teach. Even as a total layman ...more
Evander v
Actually, it was more in depth than I was expecting, though still accessible to the layman, I think. I liked best reading the anecdotes from various professionals, as of course I either knew or had an idea of the theory anyway. Still, it did more than gloss over techniques, going into a bit of detail about PCR, STRs and so on, and different reagents for lifting fingerprints, etc. A good reference book even for those in the field to a lesser extent, like me. I still haven't decided yet whether to ...more
Regan
Feb 05, 2008 Regan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any crime writer
Excellent resource for forensics--and definitely showed me a few places where I can strengthen my romantic suspense.
Cheryl
While I consider this to be a reference book, I still read it front to back. It's starting to show its age and is ripe for a second or revised edition. However, that aside, it is a fascinating and detailed look into the many angles of forensics, from tire impressions to autopsies and everything between.

Real people in the field were interviewed and there are real cases to show examples throughout. The author also notes where television shows get things wrong -- and in some cases where they get t
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Natalie
I was into forensic science years before CSI - so bite me.

There is a current glut of books on the market to sate the appetite of dilettants who have no comprehension that DNA checks can take weeks and sometimes months to process, but that's okay with me - I've been interested in this stuff for years and wasn't able to read much about it til recently.

This one's pretty by-the-numbers, but I'm not much of a scientist.
Caidyn
I"m starting with off saying that I love forensics. For a while I swore it was going to be my job. I got this book at a local used-book store, thinking it would be interesting and show me cool things. I was wrong. What I got was, as someone else put it, a book for dummies. I would have prefered this book formated as a textbook that I could actually take notes on.
Drew
An altogether informative casebook that's essentially been given the James Cameron treatment: substance and style over depth of content. Good for beginners starting out in the forensic discipline but it will seem shallow and superficial to the more hardened scientist.
Casii
Jul 23, 2010 Casii is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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i'm kinda reading this and taking notes and all, so i can only read for so long at a time b4 my hand cramps so its gonna take awhile to finish....sadly :(
Mandy Huot
Really interesting book! It's almost like a textbook without vocabulary words! I enjoyed reading it.
Leighann
all the science described my only problem is that some cases are too gruesome to use in class
Kirsten Uhler
A great resource if your interested in forensic science.
Kelsey Jordan
A good start for researching a future WIP.
Joey
May 21, 2009 Joey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's a looooong book... trust me.
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