General readers, especially those interested in crime, criminology, and forensics. Also of interest to students of criminology, social science, science, and medicine. Police officers, scenes of crime officers, and other professionals working in the area may also be interested.
Jim Fraser, Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the University of Strathclyde's Centre for Forensic Science
"This no-nosense guide is an admirable alternative to the CSI science fiction juggernaught. Jim Fraser discusses expert evidence, DNA, fingerprints and confirmation bias, mentioning the Birmingham 6 and Sir Roy Meadow, though not Shirley McKie's shameful persecution on the basis of supposedly infallible fingerprint evidence. Fascinating." - William Darragh, Fortean Times juggernaut...Fascinating.
1: What is forensic science?
2: Investigating crime
3: Crime scene management and forensic investigation
4: Laboratory examination - search, recovery, and analysis
5: DNA - identity, relationships, and databases
6: Prints and marks - more ways to identify people and things
7: Trace evidence
8: Drugs - identifying illicit substances
9: Science and justice
Afterword: concluding remarks and the future developments
Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction - a reading guide