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Crime scene : the ultimate guide to forensic science
Platt, Richard.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
At the crime scene: First on the scene -- Photographer -- Searching for evidence -- Recovering fingerprints -- Shoeprints and tire tracks -- Incriminating marks -- Case study; OJ Simpson on trial -- Victim: Investigators of death -- Body at the scene -- Time since death -- Autopsy -- Marks of violence -- Cause of death -- Case study; Trapped by flies -- Human identification: Identifying the body -- Fingerprinting -- Case study; Docklands bomb -- Dental identification -- Forensic anthropology -- Facial reconstruction in clay -- Computer facial reconstruction -- Blood analysis -- DNA analysis -- DNA matching -- Case study; Dingo attack or murder? -- Suspect: Psychological profiling -- Case study; Milwaukee cannibal -- Criminal identification -- Lie detectors -- Case study; Ivan the Terrible -- Analysis of evidence: Crime lab -- Toxicology -- Bloodstains -- Case study; Answers in blood -- Telltale traces -- Material witness -- Case study; Riddle of the fibers -- Environmental clues -- Case study; Festina trial -- Lethal agents: Firearms at the scene -- Firearms in the lab -- Other weapons -- Toxic agents -- Arson -- Explosives -- Cars as lethal agents -- Major incidents -- Case study; Lockerbie bombing -- Crimes without corpses: Document analysis -- Currency forgery -- Art forgery -- Case study; Hitler diaries -- Computer forensics -- Environmental crimes -- Case study; Shahtoosh trading -- Timeline: Breakthroughs in forensic science.
Reading Level:
1190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.1 9.0 80370.

Reading Counts RC High School 10 13 Quiz: 34889 Guided reading level: NR.
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Revealing the very latest high-tech techniques of forensic detection, "Crime Scene" uses case studies and amazing digital imagery to show how science uncovers the truth about how crimes were committed and who carried them out. Full color.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This heavily illustrated but simplistic book takes readers step by step through the stages of criminal investigation, focusing on the ever-developing field of forensic science. In many investigations, Platt writes, forensic science can offer proof "with a level of objectivity and plausibility often lacking in other forms of evidence." Platt (Secret Worlds: Villains) begins by noting that "everyone is a suspect," and that investigators need to keep a healthy skepticism: even confessions don't always mean guilt. Photos show crime scenes (cops making arrests, taking statements, photographing evidence left behind), crime labs (serologists analyzing bodily fluids, forensic anthropologists reconstructing skeletons) and tools of the trade (a crime officer's kit for the good guys, "poisoner's favorites," like arsenic and deadly nightshade, for the bad guys). Platt also includes photos of disasters caused by explosives (in Oklahoma City) and plane bombings (Flight 103 over Lockerbie) as well as car wrecks and arson. Economical, even cursory, prose and the blocky layout of the pages give the volume a certain high-school-textbook feel, despite the occasional gory bits. Aimed at the neophyte, this volume offers a good overview of the world of forensics. Color photographs throughout. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

These two books offer very different treatments of the popular subject of forensic science. Investigator Anastasi applies the term to the field of white-collar crime, providing an in-depth look at several real-life case studies of forensic investigations of corporate and intellectual property crimes. While not exactly the same as the "blood and guts" forensic work that we see portrayed in today's popular culture, these cases-of fraud, trade secret theft, and other security breaches-are nevertheless very interesting. Anastasi has written one of the first books dealing with this "new" forensics, a field destined to become more popular, especially as the avenues of white-collar crime expand with the Internet. Although the book is riddled with technical computer lingo, the author does a good job of explaining and putting things in lay reader's terms. Taking a more traditional approach to the subject, Platt, author of many science books for DK, presents a brief summary of the better-known aspects of forensic science. Replete with many wonderful color photos and illustrations, this short text includes chapters ranging from "At the Crime Scene" and "Human Identification" to "Lethal Agents" and "Crimes Without Corpses," including some of the types of crimes covered in the Anastasi book. A four-page time line of breakthroughs in forensic science and a two-page glossary of subject terms conclude the volume. While Anastasi's book is recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries serving criminal justice programs, Platt's is recommended for high school and public libraries.-Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.