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Crime Science

Methods of Forensic Detection

The O.J. Simpson trial. The Lindbergh kidnapping. The death of Marilyn Monroe. The assassination of the Romanovs. The Atlanta child murders. All controversial cases. All investigated with the latest techniques in forensic science. Nationally respected investigators Joe Nickell and John Fischer explain the science behind the criminal investigations that have captured the nation's attention. Crime Science is the only comprehensive guide to forensics. Without being overly technical or treating scientific techniques superficially, the authors introduce readers to the work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. Each topic is treated in a separate chapter, in a clear and understandable style. Nickell and Fisher describe fingerprint classification and autopsies, explain how fibers link victims to their killers, and examine the science underlying DNA profiling and toxicological analysis. From weapons analysis to handwriting samples to shoe and tire impressions, Crime Science outlines the indispensable tools and techniques that investigators use to make sense of a crime scene. Each chapter closes with a study of a well-known case, revealing how the principles of forensic science work in practice.


"The case studies clearly highlight the subject being discussed and bring to life the application of that particular forensic science."—Gideon Epstein

"Extremely well written and easy to read."—Journal of Forensic Identification

"An excellent basic book for the criminologist."—Lee A. Kilty

"Nickell and Fischer, both nationally-recognized forensic scientists, have collaborated on step-by-step descriptions of crime-science investigations."—Library Journal

"In this must-read for anyone in the crime-solving field, the authors examine the amazing and complicated crime scene, taking the reader on an educational journey as they explain processes ranging from how to verify a bullet came from a specific gun to how teeth determine the age of a decayed body."—Paintsville Herald

"Nickell and Fischer provide a comprehensive primer of forensic investigation for the uninitiated."—Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully organized and ingeniously supplemented by real-life criminal case-histories at the end of each chapter, the book provides a detailed—yet simplified—review of the major methods and techniques of forensic science and criminalistics. Anyone and everyone interested in either real crime or crime-fiction or both, will want to read and regularly refer to this comprehensive and informative source by experts in the field."—Robert A. Baker

"This book is well-written and should be of considerable value to those training for a career in these areas."—Science & Justice 1999

"Delivers the goods for the educated layperson. Once getting into the book, readers will be hard-pressed to put it down."—USA Today

University Press of Kentucky

9780813120911 : crime-science-nickell-fischer
312 Pages
$35.00 USD

Other Titles by Joe Nickell


Edward Steers, Jr., foreword by Joe Nickell
Apr 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - book
$19.95 USD - book
$30.00 USD - ebook

Ambrose Bierce is Missing

Joe Nickell
Jul 2014 - University Press of Kentucky
$35.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Real or Fake

Joe Nickell
Jun 2009 - University Press of Kentucky
$50.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in LAW / Forensic Science

Global Forensic Cultures

edited by Ian Burney and Christopher Hamlin
May 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$64.95 USD - Hardback
$64.95 USD - Electronic book text

Plane Crash

George Bibel and Captain Robert Hedges
Mar 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text

Murder and the Making of English CSI

Ian Burney and Neil Pemberton
Oct 2016 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text