An instructor’s guide with objectives, questions and answers, suggested activities, and material in electronic format is available to qualifying instructors. Accompanying lab manuals are also available.
Now revised and updated, this comprehensive work, long considered the top textbook in the forensics field, reaches far beyond the scope of those introductory texts that concentrate primarily on criminalistics. Covering a range of fundamental topics, it introduces newcomers to the field while providing the technical detail necessary to understand the field as a science. To this end the book is compatible with CRC lab manuals, including Forensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook, Third Edition (87193) and Crime Scene Processing and Laboratory Workbook (85425).
Praise for the Previous Edition:
"The first-hand experience of the authors and the use of real case studies, including photographs, captivate the reader. Even non-forensic science students and the general public would find this book interesting reading."
—Kieran F. Lim, Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Vol. 7, No. 1
This updated third edition includes:
New and More Extensive Teaching Materials:
An instructor’s guide with objectives, questions and answers, suggested activities, and material in electronic format is available upon qualifying course adoption.
Forensic Pathology and Related Specialties
Here We Stand: What a Forensic Scientist Does; Jon J. Nordby
The Role of the Forensic Pathologist; Ronald K. Wright
Forensic Nursing; Janet S. Barber Duval, Catherine M. Dougherty, and Mary K.Sullivan
Investigation of Traumatic Deaths; Ronald K. Wright
Forensic Toxicology; John Joseph Fenton
Forensic Odontology; R. Tom Glass
Forensic Anthropology; Marcella H. Sorg and William D. Haglund
Forensic Taphonomy; William D. Haglund and Marcella H. Sorg
Forensic Entomology; Gail S. Anderson
Evaluation of the Crime Scene
Crime Scene Investigation; Marilyn T. Miller, Ed.D.
Forensic Digital Photo Imaging; Patrick Jones
Recognition of Bloodstain Patterns; Stuart H. James, Paul E. Kish, and T. Paulette Sutton
Forensic Science in the Laboratory
The Forensic Laboratory; Linda R. Netzel
The Identification and Characterization of Blood and Bloodstains; Robert P. Spalding
Identification of Biological Fluids and Stains; Andrew Greenfield and Monica M. Sloan
Forensic DNA: Technology, Applications, and the Law; Susan Herrero
Microanalysis and Examination of Trace Evidence; Thomas A. Kubic and Nicholas Petraco
Fingerprints; R. E. Gaensslen
Forensic Footwear Evidence; William J. Bodziak
Forensic Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence; William J. Bodziak
Firearm and Tool Mark Examinations; Walter F. Rowe
Questioned Documents; Howard Seiden and Frank H. Norwitch
Analysis of Controlled Substances; Donnell R. Christian, Jr.
Structural Failures; Randall K. Noon
Basic Fire and Explosion Investigation; David R. Redsicker
Vehicular Accident Reconstruction; Randall K. Noon
Cybertechnology and Forensic Science
Informatics in Forensic Science; Zeno Geradts
Computer Crime and the Electronic Crime Scene; Thomas A. Johnson
Forensic Application of the Social Sciences
Forensic Psychology; Louis B. Schlesinger
Forensic Psychiatry; Robert L. Sadoff
Serial Offenders: Linking Cases by Modus Operandi and Signature; Robert D. Keppel
Criminal Personality Profiling; Michael R. Napier and Kenneth P. Baker
Legal and Ethical Issues in Forensic Science
Forensic Evidence; Terrence F. Kiely
Countering Chaos: Logic, Ethics, and the Criminal Justice System; Jon J. Nordby
Appendix A: Biohazard Safety Precautions
Appendix B: Forensic Web Sites
Appendix C: Trigonometric Tables: Sine and Tangent Functions
Appendix D: Metric Measurements and Equivalents
Stuart H. James is a forensic consultant with James and Associates Forensic Consultants, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been a consultant on cases in 47 states as well as in Australia, Canada, England, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has given expert testimony in state, federal, and military courts. Mr. James is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a charter and distinguished member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and a member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN).
Jon J. Nordby works as a forensic science consultant for Final Analysis Forensics, an independent consulting practice in death investigation, forensic science, and forensic medicine. He specializes in scene reconstruction, evidence recognition, collection, and analysis, as well as bloodstain pattern analysis and the investigation of police shootings. His many publications include the book Dead Reckoning: The Art of Forensic Detection. Dr. Nordby is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and belongs to the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
…James and Nordby have enlisted the hemisphere's leading experts in his or her individual field of expertise to explain and educate the reader to the topic at hand … I found the book to be concise, very informative, and easy to understand … For the college/university student, this book has the potential to be ranked as the 'must have' textbook … As a former crime scene investigator and current adjunct instructor, I believe this book to be a noteworthy addition to any private or agency library. Accordingly, it could easily fulfill the curriculum mandate for a general forensic science class at either the freshman or second-year post-secondary school level … the third edition of Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques is not only a premiere reference textbook, but with its palatable price tag, this reference manual makes for a worthwhile academic investment either in or out of the classroom.
—Craig C. Moore, Constable, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada, Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal, Vol. 43 No. 1, March 2010