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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 forensicsfrom fingerprint analysis to crime scene reconstructionand 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 revealincluding 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
About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Matt Witten vi
Foreword Lee Goldberg vii
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
Forensic Science Tools 420
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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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