Friday, June 27, 2008

Forensics by Richard Platt

This information-packed book provides readers an inside look at the world of forensic science. Forensics is the branch of science that deals with crime. At every crime scene, some sort of evidence is left behind. It is up to crime-scene officers to secure the scene and preserve the evidence. Fingerprints are the most common evidence found at the crime scene, but there are many other types of evidence that investigators use to help them find the criminal. This book thoroughly goes through numerous types of evidence and how they help investigators catch the suspect. For example, the Integrated Automatic Fingerprint Identification Systems can search one million fingerprint records in less than a second, and the closest matches are presented for detectives to make the final comparison. It is also possible to test a suspect's hands to see if he/she has fired a gun recently. DNA analysis, special chemicals, autopsies, cyber crimes, poisons, weapons, and forgeries are just some of the things the book discusses. This book covers everything one needs to know about forensics, and nothing one don't.

When I first got the book, I didn't know much about forensics. Of course, that changed by the time I finished reading the book. Every page is filled with pictures which further helped me understand the topic. All aspects of forensic science are covered, from collecting evidence to finding the criminal. If you have a question about forensic, there is a great chance that that question will be answered after reading the book. I enjoyed this book because I learned the more about forensics than I initially thought. Each page is packed with information, and everything is very easy to understand. I recommend this book to people of all ages who are interested in learning how detectives and scientists work together in order to solve a crime.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Palo Alto, CA USA