The glowing, neon blue and orange handprint on the cover is certainly an eye-catching introduction to this subject matter. Inside, the reader finds lots of big, colorful and dramatic photographs with an organized and interesting text. The book is divided into three main chapters with many subdivisions. Each chapter ends with a summary page, which includes a "Go further" segment. This lists web sites, further reading, related career paths and a list of interesting places to visit. The "Sign of the Crime" chapter discusses the crime scene, collecting evidence, photography, telltale marks, finding a body, lifting prints, and the technique of using special chemicals to enhance fingerprints and bloodstains. The "Who is it?" chapter is all about victim and criminal identification. This chapter discusses evidence from blood, DNA analysis, teeth and bones, artist's renderings of suspects, matching fingerprints, identifying the unknown culprit, and proving guilt. The last chapter, "Crime Lab," deals with the autopsy, how the victim died, tracing evidence, finding proof, computers and crime, bombs, fires, drugs, poisons, weapons, fakes and forgeries. The back matter contains an index and a glossary. This book is part of Kingfisher's "Kingfisher Knowledge" series which also includes Animal Giants, Archaeology, Castles and Forts, Communication from Hieroglyphics to Hyperlinks, Dangerous Creatures, Endangered Planet, Genes and DNA, Life in Ancient Rome, Microscopic Life, Mummies, Pirates and Smugglers, Spies, and Stars and Planets. 2005, Kingfisher, Ages 8 to 14.
Sally J. K. Davies
Gr 5-10-This book looks at the trendy topic of collecting and analyzing evidence. Each spread focuses on a subtopic under the categories "Signs of the Crime," "Who Is It?" and "Crime Lab." Abundant, close-up color photographs illustrate everything from ballistics to counterfeit money. Up-to-date events are discussed, such as the DNA identification of the December 2004 tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean. Each chapter concludes with a summary, suggestions for further research, career possibilities, and places to visit. While other titles offer more depth, this visually appealing book gives a basic overview of everything that goes into investigating a crime and is good for browsing. Reluctant readers doing research will find the informative snippets manageable.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.