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“…leaves you wondering how anyone ever manages to get away with any crime, let alone murder. Highly recommended...” (Fortean Times, March 2005)

“…fascinating reading…a must-have book…a superb introduction to a fascinating subject…” (Ripperologist, July 2004)

From the Back Cover

Features famous forensic case studies

"Dynamic, entertaining, and educational . . .blows the lid off the science of crime."
—Kathleen Antrim, author of Capital Offense

Fascinated by forensics? This plain-English guide introduces you to all the key players behind the investigations, revealing how they work crime scenes to identify the victim, criminal, and the circumstances surrounding the crime. You’ll follow the medical examiner and the forensic team in action, find out how they collect and evaluate evidence, and get a glimpse into the criminal mind.

Praise for Forensics For Dummies

"Dr. Doug Lyle has created the must-have guide to forensic science."
– Simon Wood, author of Accidents Waiting to Happen

"An informative, fun, and accessible compendium of facts for laymen and professionals alike. Highly recommended."
– Barbara Seranella, creator of the Munch Mancini crime novels

"This is the lay person’s indispensable guide to the fine art of criminal investigation."
— Taylor Smith, author of Liar’s Market and other novels of suspense

Discover how to:

  • Assess the scene of a crime
  • Analyze trace evidence
  • Determine how and when a victim died
  • Trace drugs and poisons in the body
  • Evaluate firearms evidence
  • Pursue a career in forensics

Product Details

  • File Size: 3374 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764555804
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S82RTC
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By D. Lacy on July 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Forensics for Dummies is a quick reference for a multitude of Forensics issues. It is well organized and easy to read. Concepts are explained clearly.

A wide range forensic topics are explored, including: Investigating the Crime Lab, Assessing the Scene of the Crime, Getting a Grip on Fingerprints, Analyzing Blood Stain Patterns and What's the Deal with DNA. There are several real life cases in the back of the book, which are useful, as well as a section on common myths dispelled.

If you need basic information about a wide variety of forensics issues, then I would highly recommend this book. I am using it for research in writing mystery fiction, and I think it's an excellent tool for writers.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on February 28, 2005
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As with all the "for Dummies" books, Forensics for Dummies is a great, quick reference and a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in the field. Written by a doctor and full of information that will surely entice anyone who is a fan of crime investigation shows, the book is laid out well and progresses through the entire method used by forensic scientists.

However, this book is only a starting point for anyone seriously interested in pursuing a career in forenics. It makes a handy reference for writers, as well, but those who are interested in making their crime-oriented stories come to life would do well to find another source for in-depth information.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2004
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Any "for Dummies" book is a helpful tool for the subject you are interested in; so when I reached the end of this one, it came as no surprise the feeling of satisfaction and excitement that I had about this particular purchase. Being a current student of forensic science myself, any basic information and knowledge that I received from this book will help with my future plans in this field.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Ann Antrim on February 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Forensics for Dummies" has been nominated for an Edgar Award. This is no surprise as it is the very best reference published.

This book will answer all of your questions and entertain you every step of the way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanik Dagostino on July 8, 2009
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As instructor of criminal justice, i find this book remarkable for its clear, simple yet thorough explanation of the basics of forensic science. This book makes a somewhat complicated subject easy for the student to grasp and comprehend. A great supplement to any textbook on this subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CAD on December 14, 2007
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I found this book and love this type of thing and found it to be very well put together and organised.

It is ideal as a reference if you are writing crime or simply want to impress your friends!

Very good for people who are training either in police, crime scene attendance and obviously forensics.

A must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Bomboy on November 15, 2007
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Great intro book to a fascinating specialty. Fun for CSI junkies like myself. A good read.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Lee on March 31, 2006
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This book caught my eye in the library and I plan on buying a copy for my own shelves. It makes an excellent, basic reference book. But,I have many problems with the editing of this book, particularly toward the end (pages 246 and 254); unfortunately, that happens in many, many books: a lazy editor reads half or two-thirds of the work and thinks, this is pretty good, and then drops the entire matter. I have found, as an editor myself, that the second half of a book is usually of poorer quality than the first half. Nevertheless, as a reference, it is a great jumping-off point, if you are so inclined.
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