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

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"...describes the development of forensics from the 19th century to the present...classified by 15 forensic types and arranged chronologically...features fascinating and riveting stories from forensic experts."

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

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Overview

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

"...describes the development of forensics from the 19th century to the present...classified by 15 forensic types and arranged chronologically...features fascinating and riveting stories from forensic experts."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This well-organized compendium by Evans (Killer Doctors in Britain) covers cases from 1751 to 1991, arranged according to the methodology by which they were solved. Fifteen areas are listed alphabetically, ranging from ballistics through DNA typing, fingerprinting, odontology, serology and toxicology to the still-disputed voiceprint analysis. Only a few twice-told tales like the murder of Gay Gibson and Willie Guldensuppe have been included. Otherwise, even the most dedicated devotee of the genre will find much that is new in these brief but exciting accounts of the brilliant and persistent scientific work that brought murderers like John List (through forensic anthropology), Ted Bundy (through odontology) and Jeffrey MacDonald (through trace evidence) to justice. Those still convinced of the innocence of Sacco and Vanzetti or Bruno Richard Hauptmann are in for some surprises. Fifty photos include many of the pathologists and detectives whose exploits are related in the text. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Arranged by topiccause of death, DNA, fingerprinting, toxicology, trace evidence, and so onthese are short summaries (two to three pages) of cases Evans (A Calendar of Crime: An Almanac of Sinister & Criminal Behavior, Longmeadow, 1993) considers landmarks of forensic science. While highly selective, they are representative of the evolution of the discipline and its increasingly prominent role in crime solving. Not all of them were baffling, and some conclusionsthe guilt of Sacco and Vanzetti or of Hauptmann in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping caseare debatable. Emphasis is placed on the certainties of forensics rather than on such complexities as the variant expert testimony at the O.J. Simpson trial (not mentioned here). Written in a popular style as clear as it is brief, this book is suitable for general true-crime collections, although readers wanting to know more about specific cases will regret the absence of a bibliography.Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis, Calif.
Booknews
A mystery novelist's essential resource guide recounting 100 criminal cases solved by forensic investigation, perseverance, and technology. Evans, a crime writer (of course), describes pivotal cases in the areas of ballistics, disputed documents, DNA typing, explosives and fire, fingerprinting, odontology, psychological profiling, remains identification, serology, time of death, toxicology, and voiceprints. Each section introduces the forensic area and its pioneers, supplying background for examples such as how Ted Bundy was identified (teethmarks). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440620539
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 394,374
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

COLIN EVANS is the author of Killer Doctors and was a major contributor to Great American Trials. He divides his time between Florida and London.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ballistics 3
Cause of Death 22
Disputed Documents 41
DNA Typing 55
Explosives and Fire 70
Fingerprinting 90
Forensic Anthropology 122
Odontology 142
Psychological Profiling 156
Identification of Remains 166
Serology 197
Time of Death 217
Toxicology 230
Trace Evidence 249
Voiceprints 291
Appendix Forensic Pioneers and Their Cases 301
Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    "FORENSIC DETECTION"

    I watch all the true forenic shows that I know of. On one of the shows there was a writer who used this book to help her write hers.Which made me interested to start with,but when I found out she killed her husband that just added to my curosity-so I ordered the book.
    While in the hospital recently I was reading this book- DRS.,Nurses,Surgeons,even the Clean up Crew were all interested in this book also.Fasinating.
    Since I have been watching true crime shows for years there are some cases in here that I've already know a good deal abut nad yet I was surprized to even have learned something with the writting on the cases I thought I knew all about!
    I'm not sure I would want my school age kid reading this though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Greatest forensic book i've read so far

    I got so wrapped up in this book. I couldn't put it down, crime fansinates me and i've read this over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Crime Solving's Evolution

    Crime solving over the decades has led to remarkable advancements, especially within the 20th century. It's fascinating to see how history, the sciences and the arts conspires in the finding, examination and preservation of evidence, even evidence in microscopic traces.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    One of the best books on the subject of forensics.

    This book walks you through some of the most shocking crimes and how they were solved, explaining things so that someone who knows nothing of forensics can understand these cases. It covers everything from the Lindbergh kidnapping to John Wayne Gacy, to Sacco and Vanzetti. This book is divided into sections such as ballistics, serology, fingerprinting, psycological profiling, and many others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    A Facinating Study Of Forensics In Action

    Being the owner of many, many forensics/serial murder books and textbooks, the title alone stimulated me to the point of buying this study. Note ; it is not just a case book of instances in which forensics solved the most dumbfounding of crimes, it is also a history book of forensics, of sort. Included are thourough explanations of each branch of forensics; their definitions, importance, and individual roles in 'cracking cases'. I read it in one sitting. How the science of forensic technology solved these 100 given studies kept me thinking for days after the book was finished. Some of the given cases are from the turn of the century, meaning that the reader also gets to see the evolvement of the science. A point of interest that I found particularly enjoyable, is that the book includes a section devoted to the pioneers of forensic science. Mini-bios of the men/women who have made possible the justice of many a criminals. A terriffic read and a MUST for the true crime book collector!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Great reading

    The subject of forensics has always facinated me, I'm soon to be 51 F, and have a desire to learn more about the advances in this area, You won't regret reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down,Now onto another riveting forensic best seller, never to old to learn and enjoy what our justice system has to offer, not fail safe yet, but it is running pretty close to being there, enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    A very interesting look into the world of forensic science

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was neat to know how forensics play a huge role in solving some of history's most famous crimes.

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