Forensics: True Crime Scene Investigations by Zakaria Erzinclioglu
Written by one of the world's most respected forensic scientists, this book presents a gripping and fully illustrated study of the techniques that are familiar to us from countless trials, media reports or television dramas. Among the areas discussed are causes of death, including poisons, knife wounds and shootings; the evidence that leads to the conviction of criminals; and how identities of victims and times of death are deduced. As well as setting out the principles that lie behind the forensic process, the author also sets out the limitations of the science, and shows how forensic evidence can somehow lead to wrongful conviction. Many recent and historic cases are discussed in some detail; if you've ever wondered why the "gloves didn't fit" O J Simpson, or whether Rasputin was really poisoned by cyanide, you'll find the answers in this brilliantly researched and illuminating book.