Adult/High School-Young people drawn to the broad fields of criminal justice, medicine, or science will be fascinated by the forensic findings presented here. The thought-provoking cases span 40 years of renowned pathologist Wecht's career and are arranged chronologically from most recent (2002) to oldest (1962). They were also selected to uphold or refute the legal-medical decisions made by other professionals. The subjects include John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Chandra Levy, Scott Peterson, and the airliner crash in Gander, Newfoundland. Context provided for each scenario is intertwined with detailed forensic evidence. The conclusions may or may not agree with popular judgments. In three instances, strong arguments are made that subterfuge was used to mask critical forensic evidence, and Wecht challenges authorities to reopen the cases. Readers may view Tales as another collection of his memoirs. Like Grave Secrets (Penguin, 1996) and Mortal Evidence (Prometheus, 2004), this chatty yet analytical book is written to appeal to laypersons, and it does. Its whodunit aspect is magnetic.-Claudia C. Holland, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.