7 Popular Books About Forensic Science

Top Rated Books for Anyone Interested in the Field

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A selection of top-rated books for those interested in the study of forensic science by authors with years of hands-on experience and knowledge and with the ability to package that information in a way that anyone involved with forensics, new or old, will be able to understand and utilize what they have read.

Author: Richard Saferstein. An excellent book for the non-scientific reader that is interested in understanding forensic science. The book explores how forensic science is applied to criminal investigations, the techniques used, along with current terminology, and practices seen in the crime laboratory.

The book also offers an interactive crime scene CD-ROM that allows readers to participate as an investigator as the crime is solved. This is an excellent resource for anyone in the field of forensics or criminal justice.

Author: Colin Evans. This novel offers readers the ability to delve into 100 investigations and learn how experts from various forensic fields used their knowledge to solve the cases. It is a great book for beginners to seasoned veterans interested in reading how specific cases get solved using the science of forensics.

A medicolegal textbook by Vincent (pathology, U. of Texas-San Antonio), the Chief Medical Examiner for a Texas county, and Dominick, retired Chief Medical Examiner of New York City.

Within the book, forensic topics such as: time of death, blunt trauma wounds, and airplane crashes are solved. The book is written for both medical and investigative professionals and presents an overview of medicolegal investigative systems. 

Author: Vernon Geberth. This is an excellent guide for anyone involved in homicide investigation as well as newcomers to the field of forensic science.

This latest edition includes three new chapters along with fully revised chapters with new case histories and techniques that reflect the latest forensic methods and modern investigative procedures.

Edwin T. Dreher, Deputy Chief (Retired), Office of the Chief of Detectives, New York City Police Department wrote, "Geberth, the world-wide expert on homicide investigation, is the real thing. His chapter on DNA is one of the most readable and comprehensive treatments on the subject."

Author: Vernon J. Geberth. This is a how-to guide that offers readers checklists and step-by-step guidelines on procedures, tactics, and forensic techniques used in sudden death and violent death investigations.

There is an appendix that has evidence categorized by type so that officers who are working out in the field can quickly find the correct procedure for collecting evidence that they have never dealt with and do not know how to properly collect.

It also contains multiple checklists that will help ensure that proper procedures are followed and investigations are complete.

Arthur: Dr. Di Maio. Gunshot Wounds - Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques. The book contains numerous photographs of victims who died from gunshot wounds and lengthy discussion and references to the forensic study of such wounds and weapon identification.

This is the third edition of "Gunshot Wounds" and provides readers with the latest and most comprehensive information on firearms and best practices for examining firearm-related wounds.

"A medicolegal textbook by Vincent. They begin with an overview of the specialty that recognizes and interprets diseases and injuries in the human body for legal investigations. Then they consider such topics as the time of death, blunt trauma wounds, craniocerebral injuries, and airplane crashes." Amazon.com.

The book has received almost a perfect five-star rating. One reviewer said, "Anyone involved in law enforcement or ​Crimial Law will cherish this informative, well written text. It takes a very complicated, mind numbing subject and pilots the reader in an organized, comprehensible manner to a well-rounded understanding of the subject. This one should be required reading for all law students and Criminal Law practitioners. A Masterpiece!!!"