More Forensics and Fiction

  • Filename: more-forensics-and-fiction.
  • ISBN: 9781605423951
  • Release Date: 2012-04-01
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: D P Lyle
  • Publisher: Medallion Media Group



This compilation of medical and forensic science questions from crime writers around the world provides insight into medical and forensic science as well as a glimpse into the writerÕs creative mind. How do hallucinogenic drugs affect a blind person? Will snake venom injected into fruit cause death? How would you perform CPR in a helicopter? What happens when someone swallows razor blades? How long does it take blood to dry? Can DNA be obtained from a half-eaten bagel? D. P. Lyle, MD, answers these and many more intriguing questions. The book is a useful and entertaining resource for writers and screenwriters, helping them find the information they need to frame a situation and write a convincing description. TV viewers, readers who enjoy crime fiction, and those who want to know more about forensic science can keep up with the news and understand the science behind criminal investigation. From traumatic injuries to the coronerÕs office, the questions and answers are divided into five parts, making it a compendium of the incredible information that lies within the world of medicine and forensics.

Forensics and Fiction

  • Filename: forensics-and-fiction.
  • ISBN: 0312365519
  • Release Date: 2007-08-21
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: D. P. Lyle
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Answers medical and forensic questions about such topics as doctors and hospitals, poisons and drugs, police and the crime scene, coroners and autopsies, traumatic injuries and illnesses, and the crime lab.

Forensics

  • Filename: forensics.
  • ISBN: 0802125158
  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Val McDermid
  • Publisher: Grove Press



In the course of researching her best-selling books, McDermid has become familiar with many branches of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science and the people who make sure that for murderers, there is no hiding place. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Now available in paperback, "Forensics" goes behind the scenes with some of these top-level professionals and their groundbreaking research, drawing on original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists. Along the way, we discover how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. The journey takes us to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, reveals both extraordinary bravery and true wickedness, as we trace the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

Howdunit Forensics

  • Filename: howdunit-forensics.
  • ISBN: 9781582974743
  • Release Date: 2008-04-04
  • Number of pages: 438
  • Author: D P Lyle
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Provides a factual and practical introduction to forensics for writers and screenwriters, examining specific areas in crime scene analysis and reconstruction, crime lab research, and coroner examinations while also revealing various misconceptions commonly portrayed in films. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Forensics For Dummies

  • Filename: forensics-for-dummies.
  • ISBN: 9781119181682
  • Release Date: 2016-02-09
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Douglas P. Lyle
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Understand the real-life science behind crime scene investigation Forensics For Dummies takes you inside the world of crime scene investigation to give you the low down on this exciting field. Written by a doctor and former Law & Order consultant, this guide will have you solving crimes along with your favorite TV shows in no time. From fingerprints and fibers to blood and ballistics, you'll walk through the processes that yield significant information from the smallest clues. You'll learn how Hollywood gets it wrong, and how real-world forensics experts work every day in fields as diverse as biology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, information technology, and more. If you're interested in a forensics career, you'll find out how to break in—and the education you'll need to do the type of forensics work that interests you the most. Written for the true forensics fan, this book doesn't shy away from the details; you'll learn what goes on at the morgue as you determine cause of death, and you'll climb into the mind of a killer as you learn how forensic psychologists narrow down the suspect list. Crime shows are entertaining, but the reality is that most forensics cases aren't wrapped up in an hour. This book shows you how it's really done, and the amazing technology and brilliant people that do it every day. Learn who does what, when they do it, and how it's done Discover the many fields involved in crime scene investigation Understand what really happens inside a forensics lab Examine famous forensics cases more intriguing than any TV show Forensic scientists work in a variety of environments and in many different capacities. If you think television makes it look interesting, just wait until you learn what it's really like! Forensics For Dummies takes you on a tour of the real-world science behind solving the case.

The Poisoner s Handbook

  • Filename: the-poisoner-s-handbook.
  • ISBN: 9781101524893
  • Release Date: 2011-01-25
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Deborah Blum
  • Publisher: Penguin



Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer) A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. In 2014, PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook.

The Forensic Records Society

  • Filename: the-forensic-records-society.
  • ISBN: 9781408878385
  • Release Date: 2017-04-06
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Magnus Mills
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The award-winning, Booker and Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted author Magnus Mills is back with his best novel yet, a hilarious and surreal exploration of power, fanaticism and really, really good records Within a few months we'd witnessed bickering, desertion, subterfuge and rivalry. I was rapidly coming to the conclusion that only a miracle could save us now. Two men with a passion for vinyl create a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub, The Half Moon, with other enthusiasts drawn to the initial promise of the weekly gathering. However, as the club gains popularity, its founder's uncompromising dogma results in a schism within the movement and soon a counter group forms. Then the arrival of a young woman called Alice further fractures the unity of the vulnerable society. As rifts are forged and gulfs widen, Magnus Mills examines the surreal nature of ordinary lives. The master of the comic deadpan returns for his ninth novel, a spectacularly disingenuous exploration of power, fanaticism and really, really good records.

Murder and Mayhem

  • Filename: murder-and-mayhem.
  • ISBN: 0312309457
  • Release Date: 2003-01-09
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: D. P. Lyle
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Collects the author's most noted "The Doctor is In" columns, in which he answers medical and forensic questions categorized under such headers as "Weapons of Death," "Police & the Crime Scene," and "The Coroner & the Crime Lab."

Silent Witnesses

  • Filename: silent-witnesses.
  • ISBN: 9781613730058
  • Release Date: 2014-09-01
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Nigel McCrery
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press



"It is a fascinating story, and makes for a thoroughly good read." —The Guardian "A convincing and readable history of a science defined by the simple maxim: 'Every contact leaves a trace.'" —The Times Silent Witnesses explores the fascinating progression of forensic science over the last two centuries. In accessible and entertaining prose, former police officer Nigel McCrery weaves together dramatic narrative and scientific principles to explain the major areas of forensics, including ballistics, fiber analysis, and genetic fingerprinting, with reference to the cases and experts that proved their value. Readers are introduced to such fascinating figures as Dr. Edmond Locard, the "French Sherlock Holmes"; Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2,000 crimes; and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle, "no two individuals share the same characteristics," became the core of criminal identification. Landmark crime investigations examined in depth include a notorious Ohio murder involving blood evidence and defended by F. Lee Bailey; the 1936 murder of a promising Manhattan novelist that demonstrated the usefulness of the microscope in examining trace evidence; the 1849 murder of a wealthy Boston socialite, businessman, and philanthropist demonstrating how difficult it is to successfully dispose of a corpse, and many others. Nigel McCrery was a police officer before he joined the BBC in 1990. There he has worked on a number of documentaries and created various series, including the crime/forensics drama Silent Witness. He is the author of several crime novels, including Still Waters.

Sorting the Beef from the Bull

  • Filename: sorting-the-beef-from-the-bull.
  • ISBN: 9781472911346
  • Release Date: 2016-02-25
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Richard Evershed
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot... Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices – these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making short-cuts. Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra 'something' or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends – it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives. Sorting the Beef from the Bull is a collection of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.

Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation

  • Filename: howdunit-book-of-police-procedure-and-investigation.
  • ISBN: 1582976929
  • Release Date: 2007-07-25
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Lee Lofland
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. Police Procedure & Investigation helps you get your facts straight about the inner workings of law enforcement. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can benefit from his years of experience with Police Procedure & Investigation. This comprehensive resource includes: More than 80 photographs, illustrations, and charts showing everything from defensive moves used by officers to prison cells and autopsies Detailed information on officer training, tools of the trade, drug busts, con air procedures, crime scene investigation techniques, and more First-person details from the author about his experiences as a detective, including accounts of arrests, death penalty executions, and criminal encounters Police Procedure & Investigation is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to your book!

Gothic Forensics

  • Filename: gothic-forensics.
  • ISBN: 9781137565808
  • Release Date: 2016-06-27
  • Number of pages: 253
  • Author: Michael Arntfield
  • Publisher: Springer



Michael Arntfield interrogates the legacy of Victorian-era crime fiction and Gothic horror on investigative forensic methods used by police today.

Forensic Science for Writers

  • Filename: forensic-science-for-writers.
  • ISBN: 9781483510248
  • Release Date: 2012-07-25
  • Number of pages: 145
  • Author: Phillip Jones
  • Publisher: BookBaby



Do you want forensics to play a starring role in your fiction, but you find that you’re not quite sure what it’s all about? Forensic Science for Writers reveals how investigators analyze blood, DNA, fingerprints, hair, documents, ammunition, corpses, and other physical evidence. The book won the 2013 Silver Award in the Writing/Publishing division of the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. From the code-breaking tricks of the cyber-sleuth to the traditional procedures of the autopsy room, you’ll investigate the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science. But Forensic Science for Writers is not just about science. And it’s not just about forensic speak. You’ll learn how to use forensics to create plot twists. And you’ll see how best-selling authors successfully incorporated forensic science in their stories. You’ll also learn common misconceptions about forensic analysis that plague films and novels – the types of errors that you’ll want to avoid in your own writing. “If you’ve been getting your forensic details from television, try this instead! It’s packed with an amazing amount of detail, and helps the reader sort out not only what can be done, but exactly who does it,” says Moira Allen, author of Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer. “I found myself exclaiming, ‘I didn’t know THAT!’ Now I do!” Forensic Science for Writers is based upon an online course that was offered through colleges and other organizations. More than 800 students took the course, including writers, schoolteachers, law enforcement personnel, and attorneys. Here’s what some students had to say: “As an already successful writer, I am sure I will refer to these lessons over the coming years as I continue to write novels.” “Thank you so much for all of the information you gave us! I feel much more confident now about the forensic aspects of my writing. I especially liked how you gave us ideas in our lessons about how evidence and the processing of that evidence could create plot twists.” “Thanks. I needed that for the screenplay I’m working on.” “I am a Police Officer and have found this course interesting, factual, and very informative. I will certainly use this information daily and when I pursue training in the Forensic Identification Bureau.”

The Christopher Killer

  • Filename: the-christopher-killer.
  • ISBN: 9781101200537
  • Release Date: 2008-02-28
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Alane Ferguson
  • Publisher: Penguin



As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-yearold Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. in fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. so she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. but Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be someone she knows—the latest victim of a serial killer known as the Christopher Killer. And if dealing with that isn’t hard enough, Cammie soon realizes that if she’s not careful, she might wind up as the killer’s next victim. . . .

Corpse

  • Filename: corpse.
  • ISBN: 0738207713
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 270
  • Author: Jessica Snyder Sachs
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press



Provides an intriguing look at the role of forensic ecology--the study of plants, insects, chemicals, and other factors--found near a body in helping forensic pathologists determine a time of death. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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