Known for its accessibility, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, 10th Edition delivers a field-based approach to modern investigative principles and practices that is strongly grounded in current research. The 10th edition features contributions from law enforcement practitioner Sergeant Henry Lim Cho, as well as an updated art program. Demonstrating techniques and practical applications, the book introduces well-established tools, practices, and policies alongside the latest innovations in technology and science to give readers a broad perspective of criminal investigations today. Numerous pedagogical elements, illustrations and graphics, and a strong supplements package including CourseMate help students practice and master techniques and key concepts. Examples and case citations show readers how investigations affect the world around them. Topics covered include D.N.A. evidence, terrorism and homeland security, the C.S.I. Effect, cybercrime, federal law enforcement investigations, crimes against children, forensics and physical evidence, investigative photography and sketching, identity theft, white-collar crime, ethics, and more.
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A colleague suggested I review this book because of the highly concentrated dose of misinformation it contains about fire investigation.
I have only read one chapter in this book, Chapter 16 on Arsons, Bombs, and Explosions. If the quality of the balance of the text is equal to that in chapter 16, then the book is a truly worthless investment. Less than worthless-potentially quite harmful. The authors provide a list of “burn indicators” for budding arson investigators, almost all of which have been thoroughly discredited long ago. The authors repeat myths about alligatoring, crazing, sagged furniture springs, concrete spalling, irregular patterns and the color of smoke. In fact, I am not able to think of a myth from the 80s that they left out.
Anyone who relies on this bad science is likely to wrongly accuse an innocent person of arson.