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The Casebook of Forensic Detection:
How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes

by Colin Evans
Paperback, 310 pages
Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1998
ISBN: 047128369X

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Criminal Investigation
by Alan Axelrod, Guy Antinozzi, Chris Eliopoulos (Illustrator), Bobby Tribble
Paperback, 384 pages
Published by Alpha Books, 2002
ISBN: 0028643461

Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
An Exploration of the Haunting Science of Forensic Ecology

by Jessica Snyder Sachs
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published by Perseus Publishing, 2001
ISBN: 073820336X

Cracking Cases:
The Science of Solving Crimes

by Henry C. Lee, Thomas W. O'Neil (Contributor), Charles D. Gill
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published by Prometheus Books, 2002
ISBN: 1573929859

Dark Dreams:
Sexual Violence, Homicide and the Criminal Mind

by Roy Hazelwood
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published by St. Martin's Press, 2001
ISBN: 0312253427

Dead Reckoning:
The New Science of Catching Killers

by Michael Baden, MD, Marion Roach
Paperback, 288 pages
Published by Fireside, 2002
ISBN: 0684852713

Famous Crimes Revisited:
From Sacco-Vanzetti to Oj Simpson

by Henry C. Lee, Jerry Labriola
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published by Publishing Directions, 2001
ISBN: 1928782140


The Forensic Casebook:
The Science of Crime Scene Investigation

by Ngaire E. Genge
Paperback, 240 pages
Published by Ballantine Books, 2002
ISBN: 034545203

The Forensic Science of C.S.I.
by Katherine M. Ramsland
Paperback, 304 pages
Published by Boulevard, 2001
ISBN: 0425183599

A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit)

by Fay Faron
Paperback, 240 pages
Published by Writers Digest Books, 1998
ISBN: 0898798272

Scene of the Crime:
A Writer's Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations

by Anne Wingate
Paperback, 240 pages
Writers Digest Books, 1992
ISBN: 0898795184

What the Corpse Revealed:
Murder and the Science of Forensic Detection

by Hugh Miller
Paperback, 320 pages
Published by St Martins Mass Market Paper, 2000
ISBN: 0312975732

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* Alphonse Bertillon;
Father of Scientific Detection

by Henry T. F. Rhodes
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published by Abelard-Schuman, 1956
ISBN: 1299831656



* Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation
by Jon Zonderman
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published by John Wiley & Sons
Publication date: May 1990

Brent's notes: I first read this book after checking it out of the Multnomah County Library back in Portland as an undergrad. It's probably one of the first Forensic Science textbooks I ever read from cover to cover. The first edition was released in the seventies, I think. And Jon Zonderman has since died. But the work was impressive then and remains impressive now. A good section of case studies on deaths in cold climate and entomology, if I recall correctly. It's one of the few books your local library may actually have.

Synopsis: The science of criminal investigation has come a long way from the days of dusting for fingerprints and checking for lipstick traces. Here is a thorough look at the latest developments of criminal investigation technology, and their implications for the guilty and innocent. Illustrated.
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* Crime and Science;
The New Frontier in Criminology

by Jurgen Thorwald
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1966
ISBN: 015623050X

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* Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists
by John Houde
Hardcover, 206 pages

Published by Calico Press, September 1, 1998
ISBN: 096582862X

Criminalistics: An Intro to Forensic Science

* Criminalistics:
An Introduction to Forensic Science

by Richard Saferstein
Edition 7
Hardcover, 676 pages
Published by Prentice Hall
Publication date: July, 2000
ISBN: 0130138274

Brent's notes: This is the book that I recommend to people when I know they are first starting to learn about what forensic science is, and they need a learned, well structured, well written guide. It is written in plain language, has excellent graphics and images, and is quite simply the best of the current general, introductory textbooks on the subject of forensic science.

Rich also gave me some good input when we first developed the bookstore that really helped out (he suggested I put in the publication dates of the texts that we list, among other things).

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The publisher, Prentice-Hall Career & Technology: Authoritative and up-to-date, this exploration of the applications of forensic science to criminal investigation explains the techniques, skills, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory -- for those new to the forensic sciences. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

Book News, Inc., 05/31/95: A textbook that presents the techniques, skills, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory, for students (or others, including criminal investigators) who have no background in the forensic sciences. The nature of physical evidence is emphasized. This edition (fourth was 1990) is updated with the current technologies available to crime laboratory personnel. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences

* Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
By Siegel et al
Three Volume Set
Published by Academic Press
Published in 2000

The Encyclopedia of Forensic Science is the largest comprehensive reference source of current knowledge ever made available in the field of forensic science. It covers the core theories, methods and techniques employed by forensic scientists - and their application in forensic analysis. Consisting of over 200 articles written by the world's leading scientists, the Encyclopedia is a definitive source of information, in both print and electronic formats.

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* Forensic Science: An Introduction to Criminalistics
By P. R. DeForest, Henry C. Lee, Robert E. Gaensslen
Published by McGraw-Hill
Published in 1983

Brent's notes: I of course think these are a great group of men and loved this book. And surprise surprise it is also required reading at UNH.

This covers the same things as does Saferstein's text, only with a few minor differences in presentation. I only wish they'd update it. But I know Henry and Doc G. are are both extremely busy so I won't hold my breath.
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* An Introduction to Criminalistics
by Charles E. O'Hara, James W. Osterburg
Hardcover, 705 pages
Published by The Macmillan Company, 1949, 1972
ISBN: 025333103X






* An Introduction to the Law of Evidence
by Graham C. Lilly, 2nd Edition
Hardcover, 4th reprint
Published by West Pub Co Publication
Publication date: September 1987

Brent's notes: Excellent book for getting to know the Federal Rules of Evidence. A must have for any forensic scientist, detective, or law student. It gives you the basics of what it means to take get your evidence into that courtroom in plain English with excellent examples. I highly recommend this book.
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* Principles and Practice of Criminalistics:
The Profession of Forensic Science

by Keith Inman and Norah Rudin
Hardcover, 408 pages
To be published by CRC Press, August 28, 2000
ISBN: 0849381274


* Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases
by Andre A. Moenssens, James E. Starrs, Carol E. Henderson
4th Edition Hardcover
Published by Foundation Press
Published in 1995

Brent's notes: This book is one of the most often referenced texts on my shelf. It discusses in detail what experts are, what testimony is, and what expert testimony is and is not allowed. It also goes into great detail on the types of scientific evidence that are allowed and why. It answers a lot of questions and is a good companion for Lily's Law of Evidence.

Book News, Inc., 06/01/95: A reference to assist trial lawyers in obtaining a concise understanding of the scope of the most commonly encountered types of expert testimony, and the nature of the results which may be expected from the specialists. Furthermore, in addition to discussing the status of the law concerning the subjects covered, suggestions are offered about the future development of the law as it pertains to some areas in which expertise or certainty of conclusion remains elusive. This edition (third was 1986) adds, to the treatment of criminal evidence upon which the previous editions focused, discussions on the applications of these same techniques to civil litigation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Forensic Science: Introductory shelf

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Basic Ethics for Forensic Scientists
by Jon J. Nordby
Published by CRC Press
Publication date: May 2002
ISBN: 0849381215


Ethics in Forensic Science and Medicine: Guidelines for the Forensic Expect and the Attorney
by Melvin A. Shiffman (Editor)
Published by Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd
Publication date: February 2000
ISBN: 0398070253


Ethics in Forensic Science: Professional Standards for the Practice of Criminalistics
by Peter D. Barnett
Hardcover: 232 pages
Published by CRC Press
Publication date: June 2001
ISBN: 0849308607

  Forensic Science Handbook
by Richard Saferstein
Published by Prentice Hall
Publication date: November 1981

  Forensic Science Handbook
by Richard Saferstein (Editor)
Volume 2 Hardcover
Published by Prentice Hall
Publication date: January 1988

  Forensic Science Handbook
by Richard Saferstein (Editor)
Volume 3 Hardcover
Published by Regents/Prentice Hall
Publication date: April 1993

  Introduction to Forensic Sciences
by William G. Eckert
2nd Edition Hardcover, 390 pages
Published by CRC Press
Publication date: December 1,1996

The publisher, CRC Press, 09/05/96: New edition of this best-selling introductory textbook! Each chapter is written by a well-known expert in his/her respective field, and each specialty area is thoroughly treated When appropriate, the various methods of applying these sciences in different countries are covered. Heavily illustrated, the Second Edition has been updated to include the latest procedures and techniques that were not available or usefully developed when the first edition was published.
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Practical Fingerprinting
by B. C. Bridges
revised by Charles E. O'Hara

foreword by August Vollmer
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published by Funk & Wagnalls Company, Inc., 1942, 1963
ISBN: 1112349731





Science and the Detective
by Brian H. Kaye
Softcover, 407 pages
Published by John Wiley & Sons
Publication date: February, 1995

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons. In this unique, engaging style, Brian Kaye tells the story of some spectacular cases in which forensic evidence played a key role. You'll also read about the fascinating ways in which scientific evidence can be used to establish guilt or innocence in today's courtroom. The use of voice analysis, methods for developing fingerprints and for uncovering art forgeries, and the examination of bullet wounds are just a few topics considered. In a special section on fraud, the author takes you into the world of counterfeit money. This book explains the basis of the analytical techniques available for studying evidence in offenses ranging from doping in sports to first-degree murder.

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