Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth

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Prometheus Books, 2007 - Law - 394 pages
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Chemists and science authors Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf have teamed up with Jack G. Goldsmith, fellow chemist and reserve police officer, to create another intriguing trek through the science of chemistry, this time using the fascinating field of forensic chemistry as their framework. All new hands-on demonstrations and fictional minute mysteries illustrate chemical concepts as the authors present the science — and the realities — of forensic chemistry in a narrative style that makes this timely topic accessible to the nonchemist. The authors lead you through actual and simulated forensic techniques such as
presumptive and confirmative drug testing
body fluid identification including luminol testing
DNA analysis
trace fiber and gun shot residue analysis
latent fingerprint development and collection
forensic soil analysis
Through more than twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations that is rarely seen on TV.
If you're a fan of true-crime stories or mystery fiction, or interested in the science behind dramas like CSI, this informative and entertaining book is a must-have addition to your library.

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

Interesting title, even more interesting book. I would have to take some exception to the "armchair sleuth" part, at least *this* armchair sleuth. The chemistry is dumbed down a lot, but not enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - Areopagite - LibraryThing

If you are a big fan of real-crime dramas, as well as CSI—like I am—and want to know the facts behind the fiction, this book is for you. Written by two chemistry professors and a law enforcement ... Read full review


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Cathy Cobb, PhD (Aiken, SC), is the highly acclaimed author of The Joy of Chemistry, Creations of Fire, and Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks. She is currently an instructor of chemistry, calculus, and physics at Aiken Preparatory School and adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Monty L. Fetterolf, PhD (Aiken, SC), is the co-author of The Joy of Chemistry and professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Jack G. Goldsmith, PhD (Lexington, SC), is a reserve officer and information management officer for the Town of Lexington Police Department and former associate professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

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