Kids may have seen television shows featuring "CSI" types investigating criminal cases. But what's real and what's not? Here's a book that will help answer those questions. Part of the "Cool Science" series from Lerner Publications, this hardcover nonfiction title boasts both sturdy reinforced binding and the kind of fascinating content that will make such sturdy construction needed because kids will want to flip through this book repeatedly for its wealth of fascinating facts! The author gives a very good introduction to the history of how these specialized scientists collect and analyze forensic (the word means "used in courts of law") to help local, national, and international police organizations find criminals and provide evidence to convict them of crimes. Many fascinating case histories are used to illustrate just how materials such as fingerprints, blood, fibers, and more are collected from crime scenes and used in courts as evidence. Also included is a glossary of forensic science terms, a selected bibliography, suggestions for further reading, and recommended Web sites. A great choice for school or library shelves.