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A plain-English primer on crime scene investigation that's a mustfor fans of CSI or Patricia Cornwell
Since the O. J. Simpson case, popular interest in forensic sciencehas exploded: CBS's CSI has 16 to 26 million viewers every week,and Patricia Cornwell's novels featuring a medical examiner sleuthroutinely top bestseller lists, to cite just a few examples. Now,everyone can get the lowdown on the science behind crime sceneinvestigations. Using lots of fascinating case studies, forensicsexpert Dr. D. P. Lyle clues people in on everything fromdetermining cause and time of death to fingerprints, fibers, blood,ballistics, forensic computing, and forensic psychology. With itsclear, entertaining explanations of forensic procedures andtechniques, this book will be an indispensable reference formystery fans and true crime aficionados everywhere-and evenincludes advice for people interested in forensic sciencecareers.
D. P. Lyle, MD (Laguna Hills, CA), is a practicing cardiologist whois also a forensics expert and mystery writer. He runs a Web sitethat answers writers' questions about forensics, dplylemd.com, andis the author of Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical andForensic Questions for Writers, as well as several mystery novels.John Pless, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Pathology at IndianaUniversity School of Medicine and former President of the NationalAssociation of Medical Examiners.

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