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Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Edition) (9th Edition) [Hardcover]

Richard Saferstein
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July 3, 2006 0132216558 978-0132216555 9

Written by a very well-known authority in forensic science, this book introduces the non-scientific reader to the field of forensic science.  Through applications to criminal investigations, clear explanations of the techniques, and the abilities and limitations of modern crime labs, Criminalistics covers the comprehensive realm of forensics.  The book strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist.  Combining case stories with applicable technology, Criminalistics captures the excitement of forensic science investigations. Familiarizes readers with the most current technologies in forensic analysis. KEY Aims at making the subject of forensic science comprehensible to a wide variety of readers who are planning on being aligned with the forensic science profession. 

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“Dr. Richard Saferstein's Criminalistics continues to be the gold standard of forensic science textbooks. He is simply unrivaled in his skill at making the crime lab exciting and accessible to all readers, ranging from forensic scientists and pathologists, to attorneys and judges, to law enforcement, to students and enthusiasts of all ages. I have, since the beginning of my career, relied upon various editions of Criminalistics, its accuracy, integrity and detail never failing me.

This compelling, latest updated edition of Criminalistics should be in every library and classroom, especially now in this era of proliferating forensic scientific advancements that make the impossible possible and mistakes unpardonable.” – Patricia Cornwell


Patricia Cornwell's recent bestsellers include Predator, Trace and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed. Her brand-new thriller At Risk will be published by Putnam in May 2006. Patricia Cornwell is Director of Applied Forensic Science at the National Forensic Academy.

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Authoritative and up-to-date, this exploration of the applications of forensic science to criminal investigation explains the techniques, skills, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory -- for those new to the forensic sciences. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (July 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132216558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132216555
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geat Reading and Information June 21, 2000
This book was a required text for a Criminalistic course during my undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice. Now that I am working within the Criminal Justice field - I find myself using this book as a refrence, and loaning to other people within the field.
This book is written in an professional manner and clearly explains various forensic tests that are conducted upon evidence.
I loaned this book to a 11 year old child - who was intrested in this area and he had no problem underdstanding the basic facts and information presented.
Saferstein is an excellent author who has an uncanny abilty to write technical material in a clear and concise manner.
I recommend this book to students, professors, and practitioners in the criminal justice field.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Forensic Science! May 13, 2003
As textbooks go this is without a doubt the best one that I have ever used. This book manages to explain complicated things such as DNA, and other techniques, and tests that are used during the course of an investigation in simple terms that are easy to understand. Especially if you are new to the idea of Forensic Science. Simple explanations, with colored pictures, diagrams, and case studies help show how different tests, evidence collection, and other aspects of Forensic's are used to help "catch" the bad guy. Again easy to read and understand. Well worth the purchase, you will learn a lot!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
This is without any doubt, in my opinion, the best book ever
written on criminalistics. Not there are not any other great books on the subject, however this is the greatest. It is suprisingly comprehendible considering the complexity of some of the topics involved. The photographs and drawings are crystal clear.
In addition I especially like the test at the end of each section that I feel is necessary to help the reader realize his knowledge,(or lack of knowledge) of that section.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Forensic Scientist Should Be Without A Copy! December 12, 1998
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This book provides an enormous amount of information that is useful for both the experienced forensic scientist and the student who is just starting in the field.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! August 21, 2007
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I'm homeschooled and wanted to do Forensic Science as an elective. This book is written in a clear, understandable manner and is very informative. I liked how there was a chapter summary, review questions, and a case reading after every chapter. I definietly recomend this book if you want to use it as a text book or even just a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference October 19, 2009
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This is a well written book by an expert in the field. The only problem I had relates to the publisher, Pearson/Prentice Hall. The text is supposed to come with two supplementary CDs in the back of the book, but the publishing company has stopped including them. According to the representative I spoke with the CDs are no longer made. Some of the text descriptions still include references to the supplemental CDs, so be aware they are no longer available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminalistics February 15, 2010
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This book was great and has LOADS of information on all aspects of forensics, from its history, to DNA, Fiber, Computer forensics and just about any other type of forensics you can think of. Not only does it include a basic background of all these fields, but it also guides you to more advanced teachings in a way that does not have you getting lost along the way. Great book, LOTS of information, easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but... January 18, 2014
By Dr.L.
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Criminalistics is obviously for a student or professor interested in forensics. This is a standard text, maybe written a little better than some. The problem with all of these kinds of textbooks is that it is out of date a few days after you receive it...the book is already in it's next edition! What I don't understand is, does the field of criminalistics change all that much so quickly? I understand that improvements and innovations in technology happen rapidly, but in looking at this text you wonder what it is that changed. While it is a good text, covering all the essentials of criminalistics, I'm not sure it's worth the price. It would be better to rent this text from some source if you really like it rather than purchase it outright.
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Published 4 days ago by Dennis Sybrowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Forensic Science love
A great introduction into the life of forensic science. It is interesting to see on TV but even greater to delve into the real essence of the science.
Published 2 months ago by Posies and cats
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK as a very elementary primer
One of the things rather puzzling is that while the binding and the printing job is good, the book contained numerous typos. ???
Published 2 months ago by A. Douglas Ordunio
5.0 out of 5 stars I was into the book more then the student!
Excellent book, I used it for homeschooling and completely devoured the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Forensic Science!
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Although i was required to read this text to attain a certificaiton, I thought this book was easy to read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I ordered this book for school and it was delivered very quickly! It is a very interesting and well written book! I definitely recommend!
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The book arrived more quickly than promised; it was in the shape promised with the CD promised. The book's postal packaging was very sturdy and uber-protective! Good job! Read more
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