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The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book.

The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book

Patricia Barnes-Svarney & Thomas E. Svarney

Visible Ink Press

43311 Joy Road, #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075

www.visibleinkpress.com

9781578596218, $21.95, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly (on the criminal side) during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

Covering the fundamentals, science, history, and analysis of clues, "The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book: Reading Clues at the Crime Scene, Crime Lab and in Court" provides detailed information on crime scene investigations, techniques, laboratory finding, the latest research, and controversies. It looks at the science of law enforcement, how evidence is gathered, processed, analyzed, and viewed in the courtroom, and more.

From the cause, manner, time of a death, and autopsies to blood, toxicology, DNA typing, fingerprints, ballistics, tool marks, tread impressions, and trace evidence, "The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book" takes the reader through the many sides of a death investigation. Arson, accidents, computer crimes, criminal profiling, and much, much more are also addressed.

"The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book" gives real-world examples and looks at what Hollywood gets right and wrong. It provides the history of the science, and it introduces the scientists behind breakthroughs. An easy-to-use and informative reference, it brings the complexity of a criminal investigation into focus and provides well-researched answers to over 950 common questions.

Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book: Reading Clues at the Crime Scene, Crime Lab and in Court" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Forensic Science collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject that ""The Handy Forensic Science Answer Book: Reading Clues at the Crime Scene, Crime Lab and in Court" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).

John Burroughs

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Date:Sep 1, 2018
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