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Forensics For Dummies
A plain-English primer on crime scene investigation that's a must for fans of CSI or Patricia Cornwell
Since the O. J. Simpson case, popular interest in forensic science has exploded: CBS's CSI has 16 to 26 million viewers every week, and Patricia Cornwell's novels featuring a medical examiner sleuth routinely top bestseller lists, to cite just a few examples. Now, everyone can get the lowdown on the science behind crime scene investigations. Using lots of fascinating case studies, forensics expert Dr. D. P. Lyle clues people in on everything from determining cause and time of death to fingerprints, fibers, blood, ballistics, forensic computing, and forensic psychology. With its clear, entertaining explanations of forensic procedures and techniques, this book will be an indispensable reference for mystery fans and true crime aficionados everywhere-and even includes advice for people interested in forensic science careers.
The book's table of contents is available below.
Table of Contents:Foreword.
Part I: Cracking Open the Case.
Chapter 1: Understanding the World of Forensics.
Part II: Uncovering the Evidence.
Chapter 5: Fingerprints: Your Personal Signature.
Part III: Looking at the Body.
Chapter 9: Determining the Hows and Whys of Death: Forensic Autopsies.
Part IV: Working in the Crime Lab.
Chapter 14: Working with Blood and Other Bodily Fluids: Serology.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Famous Forensic Cases.