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Recommended Books on Forensics

The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes
by Colin Evans
Anyone can summarize a collection of cases, but not everyone can make them read well. With a flair for compressed narrative worthy of a good short story writer, Colin Evans entertains and instructs the reader with 100 cases that exemplify the use of 15 different forensic techniques (ballistics, fingerprinting). Some (like the Lindbergh case) are famous, others are barely known, yet each has some unique twist that sets it apart. Many "firsts" are included, such as the first murder conviction without a body, the first use of psychological profiling, and the first use of DNA typing. Evans also brings out the distinct (often flamboyant) personalities of the pioneering experts of forensics and some of their more notable courtroom theatrics. Each case is labeled by name of criminal, forensic technique, date, location, and significant feature(s), making this a useful reference as well as a fun book to read. Amazon.com
Crime Science : Methods of Forensic Detection
by Joe Nickell, John F. Fischer
Hardcover - 300 pages (December 1998)
Univ Pr of Kentucky; ISBN: 0813120918
Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers
by Michael M. Baden, Marion Roach
Hardcover - 288 pages (September 2001)
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0684867583

Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists
by John Houde
Hardcover - 206 pages 1 Ed edition (September 1, 1998)
Calico Press; ISBN: 096582862X

The Forensic Science of C.S.I
by Katherine M. Ramsland
The CBS television show, "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation," has captured audiences - and ratings - with its unflinchingly realistic details of forensic science, tools, and technology. This fascinating new book - written by an acclaimed biographer with a master's degree in forensic psychology - goes behind the crime-solving techniques dramatized on the TV show to examine the reality of these cutting-edge procedures. 

From DNA typing and ballistics, to bitemark and blood pattern analysis, here are detailed accounts of the actual techniques used in today's crime investigations. Prominent experts in the field offer rare glimpses into cases ranging from missing persons to murder. The Publisher.
Paperback: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 9.08 x 6.28
Boulevard (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0425183599; (September 4, 2001)

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
Book Description: An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. 
For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. 

In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. 13 b/w illustrations. 
Hardcover from W.W. Norton & Company
Book Published: April, 2003

Other Books on Forensics

Bodies of Evidence
by Brian Innes

Blaze : The Forensics of Fire
by Nicholas Faith
(Hardcover - August 2000)

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away
by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM)
by John R. Vacca, Michael Erbschloe
Paperback from Charles River Media
Book Published: 15 June, 2002

Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
by Jessica Snyder Sachs
(Hardcover)

Crime Classification Manual
by John E. Douglas, et al
(Paperback - August 1997)

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Version), Eighth Edition
by Richard Saferstein
Hardcover from Prentice Hall
Book Published: 18 June, 2003

Dark Dreams : Sexual Violence, Homicide and the Criminal Mind
by Roy Hazelwood, Stephen G. Michaud
(Hardcover - July 2001)

Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab/the Body Farm/Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
by William M. Bass, Jon Jefferson, Bill Bass
Listed under Forensic Anthropology

Digital Evidence and Computer Crime : Forensic Science, Computers, and the Internet
by Eoghan Casey
Academic Pr
Paperback - 450 pages CD-Rom edition (January 2000)

The Dollhouse Murders: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes
by Thomas Mauriello, Ann Darby, Photographs by John Consoli
Book Description: The doll is dead. Did Ken do it? Six stories of miniature crimes illustrated in gorgeous color reveal real CSI techniques. 

Thomas Mauriello, preeminent expert on crime scene investigation, has been teaching modern CSI techniques for 26 years--how to "peel" a crime scene on a tiny scale including pulling back the bed sheets, turning over the victim, examining the body, etc. Now he uses his tried and tested crime scene dioramas to bring the science of modern crime investigation to everyone. Each of his six miniature crime scene dioramas contains clues to preliminarily determine cause of death--accident, suicide or homicide. A large photo of the dollhouse scene including murder weapons, victims, obvious clues and red herrings introduces each crime. 

The text, written by bestelling author and award-winning journalist Ann Darby, takes the reader through what the detective learns when he arrives at the scene to the key questions and clues and then finally to the investigator's explanation of what really happened. After the first wide-angle photo, five follow-up photos focus on key clues spreading out through the remaining chapter. A total of 36 full-color photos from a professional photographer provide stunning visual compliment to the six investigative narratives. 
Hardcover from Pi Press
Book Published: 20 October, 2003

Entomology and the Law: Flies as Forensic Indicators
by Bernard Greenberg, John Charles Kunich
Hardcover from Cambridge University Press
Book Published: October, 2002

Famous Crimes Revisited : From Sacco-Vanzetti to OJ Simpson
by Henry C. Lee, et al
(Hardcover)

Forensic Anthropology Training Manual
by Karen Ramey Burns
Listed under Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Art and Illustration
by Karen T. Taylor (Editor)
Hardcover: 576 pages
CRC Press; ISBN: 0849381185; (September 15, 2000)
The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation
by Ngaire E. Genge
Paperback from Ballantine Books
Book Published: 27 August, 2002

Forensic DNA Typing: Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers
by John M. Butler
Hardcover from Academic Press
Book Published: 15 February, 2001

Forgeries, Fingerprints, and Forensics : Crime (Science at Work : Crime)
by Janice Parker
(Library Binding - January 2000)

Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition
by Vincent J. M. Di Maio
Hardcover from CRC Press
Book Published: 30 December, 1998

Handbook of Computer Crime Investigation: Forensic Tools & Technology
by Eoghan Casey
Paperback from Academic Press
Book Published: 15 October, 2001

Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition
by Davide Maltoni, Dario Maio, Anil K. Jain, Salil Prabhakar
Hardcover from Springer Verlag Pub (Computer Bks)
Book Published: May, 2003

Hidden Evidence: Forty true crimes and how  forensic science helped to solve them
by David Owen, Thomas T. Noguchi, Kathy Reichs (Preface)
Paperback - 240 pages (September 2, 2000)
Firefly Books; ISBN: 1552094839

Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes, Second Edition
by Stuart H. James, Forida Eckert, William G. Eckert
Hardcover from CRC Press
Book Published: 14 July, 1998

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Third Edition
by Vernon J. Geberth
Hardcover from CRC Press
Book Published: 11 June, 1996

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
Book Description: An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers - some willingly, some unwittingly - have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. 

In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuriesfrom the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. 13 b/w illustrations.
Hardcover from W.W. Norton & Company
Book Published: April, 2003

The Strange Death of Heinrich Himmler : A Forensic Investigation
by Hugh Thomas
Listed under Nazi SS

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation
by Barry A.J. Fisher
(Hardcover)

Time of Death, Decomposition and Identification: An Atlas
by Jay Dix, Michael Graham
Paperback from CRC Press
Book Published: 07 December, 1999

What the Corpse Revealed : Murder and the Science of Forensic Detection
by Hugh Miller
Presented here in dramatic detail are sixteen riveting, real-life criminal cases taken from the files of forensic scientists all over the world. In What the Corpse Revealed, bestselling author and forensic expert Hugh Miller collects these incredible true-crime stories that confounded traditional police detection. Including only those cases solved on the basis of scientific investigation, Miller takes us through each one from the viewpoint of the key actors, and in detailed procedural stages... Amazon.com
Paperback: 320 pages
St Martins Mass Market Paper; ISBN: 0312975732; (December 2000)

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science
by Richard Saferstein
Prentice Hall
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