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Gr 7-10 While this series name might make readers think of popular TV shows, these books are really about how all parts of law enforcement work together to put criminals behind bars. Both have an open format, good documentation, and many full-color photos. "By the Numbers" boxes are sprinkled throughout, and additional information is highlighted in bold green shaded areas. Green River Killer focuses on the 20-year manhunt to put away Gary Ridgway, who ultimately confessed to killing more than 40 women. When the search for the killer first began, forensic science was limited. It was only after technology improved that the police could definitively end Ridgway's reign of terror. The text is fast moving and compelling. Tracking Serial Killers overlaps with the first title a bit, but focuses on the broader techniques, such as profiling, DNA testing, and other high-tech tactics. While it has many anecdotes about different cases like Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer, the broad references to police techniques make the narration a little more sluggish. Given the nature of the subject, some of the details are a bit unsettling. Even so, reluctant readers will be fascinated as they discover how the police track and capture America's most wanted criminals.-Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590189856
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Crime Scene Investigations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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