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Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (10th Edition)

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (10th Edition)
Author: Richard Saferstein
ISBN 13: 9780135045206
ISBN 10: 135045207
Edition: 10
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2010-01-13
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 576
List Price: $211.80

Criminalistics is the definitive source for forensic science because it makes the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist. Written by a well-known authority, the text covers the comprehensive realm of forensics and its role in criminal investigations. Physical evidence collection and preservation techniques are examined in detail–including chapters on Computer Forensics and DNA. By referencing real cases throughout, Criminalistics, 10e captures the pulse and intensity of forensic science investigations and the attention of the busiest student. Some new, excited features for this edition include:

  • New! Crime-Scene Reconstruction chapter

  • New! Coverage of the latest DNA forensic technology

  • New! MyCrimeKit–is an online supplement that offers book-specific content such as Learning Objectives; Chapter Summaries Flashcards Practice Tests,Video Clips, Web Extras, and Animations Activities!

This book 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.


Focuses on the technologies police currently rely on, including the latest DNA typing procedures, new advances in crime scene investigation, the digital imaging enhancement of fingerprints, computerized ballistic examination, drug and alcohol analyses, and arson and explosion detection technologies. Concepts<-->such as how common items of physical evidence are located at crime scenes and how they are processed in the crime lab<-->are illustrated through the use of such noted criminal cases as the Lindbergh kidnapping and O.J. Simpson criminal investigation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.