Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics, Second Edition

Howard Harris, Henry Lee

July 1, 2018 Forthcoming by CRC Press
Textbook - 520 Pages - 300 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781498757966 - CAT# K27610


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  • Progresses from introductory concepts—of the legal system and crime scene concepts—to DNA, forensic biology and chemistry, and laboratory principles
  • The authors bring their combined 90-plus years of real-world police, investigative, and forensic science laboratory experience to bear on this book
  • Covers the latest developments and advances in forensic sciences, particularly in evidence collection
  • Offers a full complement of instructor's resources to qualifying professors
  • Includes full pedagogy including learning objectives, key terms, end-of-chapter questions, and boxed case examples to encourage classroom learning and retention


This Second Edition covers forensic practice from a broad viewpoint. The book continues the tradition of the First, originally developed as an introductory text, particularly for non-science practitioners to develop a working understanding of forensic science. This includes both what crime scene evidence can be unearthed as part of an investigation, as well as an adjudication of both criminal and civil cases once evidence has been scientifically analyzed using practiced and proven methods. All is fully updated in areas that have advanced since the last edition: DNA, evidence collection, chemical testing, and computer forensics, including cell phone and handheld device technology.