Prior to 1970, the criminal justice system focused so intensely on the rights of the accused that little consideration was left for the victima situation that has since greatly improved. An overview of the legal rights and services to victims is provided by Austern, an attorney and a vice-president of the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Not intended as a legal text or treatise, the book is written in a clear, conversational style tailored for the general public and lacks such amenities as footnotes, case citations, or index. Although victims of crimes will find the book useful in determining the proper steps through the legal/bureaucratic maze, Austern evidently advocates victim/witness assistance programs and litigation specialists over library research. For public libraries where interest warrants. Christy Zlatos, Auburn Univ . Libs., Ala.