Howdunit Forensics

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Just because you don't have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner doesn't mean you can't learn your way around a crime scene.

In Forensics, award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P. Lyle, M.D., takes each area of forensics?from fingerprint analysis to crime scene reconstruction?and discusses its development, how the science works, how it helps in crime solving, and how you as a writer might use this technique in ...

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Overview

Just because you don't have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner doesn't mean you can't learn your way around a crime scene.

In Forensics, award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P. Lyle, M.D., takes each area of forensics—from fingerprint analysis to crime scene reconstruction—and discusses its development, how the science works, how it helps in crime solving, and how you as a writer might use this technique in crafting your plot. This comprehensive reference guide includes:

  • Real-life case files and the role forensic evidence played in solving the crimes
  • A breakdown of the forensics system from its history and organization to standard evidence classification and collection methods
  • Detailed information on what a dead body can reveal—including the cause, mechanism, and manner of death
  • The actual steps taken to preserve a crime scene and the evidence that can be gathered there, such as bloodstains, documents, fingerprints, tire impressions, and more
Forensics is the ultimate resource for learning how to accurately imbue your stories with authentic details of untimely demises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582974743
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/4/2008
  • Series: Howdunit Ser.
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 629,929
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author


D. P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity Award winning and Edgar Award nominated author of the nonfiction books Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers and Forensics for Dummies. His published fiction includes the thrillers Devil's Playground and Double Blind. He has worked as a story and technical consultant with many published authors and with the writers and producers of several popular television shows, including Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, Medium and House.
www.dplylemd.com
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Matt Witten     vi
Foreword   Lee Goldberg     vii
Introduction     1
The Forensics System
Forensic Science: The History and Organization     4
Evidence: The Heart and Soul of Forensics     22
The Coroner and the Body
The Autopsy: A Look Inside the Body     42
Identifying the Body: Who is the Victim?     56
Time of Death: A Critical Part of the Timeline     88
Cause, Mechanism, and Manner of Death: How Did the Victim Die?     109
Bodily Harm: Identifying Wounds     118
Asphyxia: Depriving the Body of Oxygen     152
Serology: Blood and Other Body Fluids     176
DNA: Your Personal Code     204
Toxicology: Drugs, Poisons, and Toxins     229
The Crime Scene and the Crime Lab
Fingerprints: A Handy Identification Tool     269
Bloodstains: Patterns Tell the Story     285
Impressions: Shoes, Tires, Tools, and Fabrics     303
Trace Evidence: Sweating the Small Stuff     319
Firearms Examination: More Than Guns and Ammunition     342
Arson Investigation: Fires and Explosions     357
Questioned Documents: Handwriting and Forgery Examination     372
Criminal Psychology:Assessing the Mind     392
Afterword     419
Forensic Science Tools     420
Index     428

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Great Book

    For those writers who need to get it right (and who doesn't with all of the informed readers out there), this is a must. The "Howdunit" series is a must have for writers. I put mine right next to my dictionary and thesaurus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Super Helpful

    This book was super helpful. There were some typos, which kind of interrupted the flow of the reading. But overall, I'm glad I got it and there's some great information in there. I'm going to continue to use it as I write more mysteries.

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