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Understand the real-life science behind crime scene investigation
Forensics For Dummies takes you inside the world of crime scene investigation to give you the low down on this exciting field. Written by a doctor and former Law & Order consultant, this guide will have you solving crimes along with your favorite TV shows in no time. From fingerprints and fibers to blood and ballistics, you'll walk through the processes that yield significant information from the smallest clues. You'll learn how Hollywood gets it wrong, and how real-world forensics experts work every day in fields as diverse as biology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, information technology, and more. If you're interested in a forensics career, you'll find out how to break in—and the education you'll need to do the type of forensics work that interests you the most. Written for the true forensics fan, this book doesn't shy away from the details; you'll learn what goes on at the morgue as you determine cause of death, and you'll climb into the mind of a killer as you learn how forensic psychologists narrow down the suspect list.
Crime shows are entertaining, but the reality is that most forensics cases aren't wrapped up in an hour. This book shows you how it's really done, and the amazing technology and brilliant people that do it every day.
- Learn who does what, when they do it, and how it's done
- Discover the many fields involved in crime scene investigation
- Understand what really happens inside a forensics lab
- Examine famous forensics cases more intriguing than any TV show
Forensic scientists work in a variety of environments and in many different capacities. If you think television makes it look interesting, just wait until you learn what it's really like! Forensics For Dummies takes you on a tour of the real-world science behind solving the case.
About the Author
D. P. Lyle, MD, is the award-winning author of many nonfiction books and works of fiction. He is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio, and has worked with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, Judging Amy, House, and Pretty Little Liars.
Table of Contents
Part I: Cracking Open the Case 5
Chapter 1: Understanding the World of Forensic Science 7
Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Forensics Team 17
Chapter 3: Collecting and Protecting the Evidence 29
Chapter 4: Delving into the Criminal Mind 49
Part II: Analyzing the Evidence 73
Chapter 5: Fingerprints: Your Personal Signature 75
Chapter 6: Painting A Gruesome Picture: Bloodstain Analysis 87
Chapter 7: Leaving Impressive Impressions: Shoes, Tires, and Tools 103
Chapter 8: Burning Down the House: Is It Arson? 117
Part III: Examining the Body 131
Chapter 9: Determining the Cause and Manner of Death: Forensic Autopsies 133
Chapter 10: Identifying Unknown Victims 149
Chapter 11: Estimating the Time of Death 167
Chapter 12: Ouch! That Hurts: Traumatic Injuries and Deaths 181
Chapter 13: Gasping for Air: Asphyxia 203
Part IV: Utilizing the Crime Lab 219
Chapter 14: Analyzing Blood and Other Bodily Fluids: Serology 221
Chapter 15: Looking Deep Inside: DNA Analysis 235
Chapter 16: Testing for Drugs and Poisons: The Toxicology Lab 253
Chapter 17: Picking Apart Trace Evidence 275
Chapter 18: Bang! Bang!: Analyzing Firearms Evidence 293
Chapter 19: Questioning the Validity of Documents 305
Part V: The Part of Tens 319
Chapter 20: Ten Famous Forensic Cases 321
Chapter 21: Ten Ways Hollywood Gets It Wrong 333
Chapter 22: Ten Great Forensic Careers 339
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Forensics is full of details and this gives a really good perspective. Good overview of the subject.
Even though I'm pretty young, this book really has given me a good insight into the world of Forensic Science. With the detailed accounts of how forensic science has helped solve hundreds of cases in the last few decades really lets me know what I'm up against! The "for dummies" series has done it again!
I thought this was an amazing book. I want to go into forenics and I believe that it helped me make up my decision of wanting to go into that field.
Forensics for dummies will defenitely give you some backround on this subject. It'll keep you interested from start to finish. The knowledge in this book is easily absorbed.This guide is good for those looking for a career in forensics and those who are just interested.Its organized, educational, and fascinating.Its one of a kind because theres not many guides on this subject that are helpful like this one.
D.P. Lyle has given us simple explanations for very complicated processes. Anyone who is writing a mystery novel that contains forensics should buy this book.
Entertaining forensics reference for mystery writers and serious mystery readers who want to check the verisimilitude of story events. If a mystery takes place in England in the 1890s, will fingerprints be taken at the crime scene? What about hypnotism? This book answers these questions and oh so many ore. It contains an excellent section on crime scene evidence, determining the hows, whys, whens of death, working with fluids, including blood, and ends with ten famous forensic cases and the ways Hollywood gets it wrong. If you need an easy-to-read quick picker-upper, this book is for you.
For anyone wanting to know about forensics, this is a great start. Everything is easy to read and well formatted. Throughout the book it provides real-life examples and more detailed information. Each chapter is on a different area of forensics. It even lists potential careers for those interested in forensics. Highly recommended.