Bodies of Evidence
Even as far back as the 13th century the Chinese appreciated that at a crime scene, "the difference of a hair" could change whether or not a crime was solved. Since then, criminal investigators have learned how to interpret vital testimony that is written in the language of fingerprints and flakes of skin, fragments of teeth and bone, splashes of blood, flecks of paint and traces of chemicals, a splinter of glass, or a uniquely striated bullet. Book of Evidence is authoritative and informative, and is of help to anyone who has an interest in the science of criminal investigation.
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