Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (4th Edition)

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This book presents crime detection as a dynamic field relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many external variables that can influence the investigator's success and the specific methods of crime detection and prosecution of law available today. The book also presents, in a logical flow, the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation. A six-part organization covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation, the investigation process, interpersonal violence, property crimes, vice crimes and related offenses, and prosecution. For anyone interested in thinking like a detective, and understanding the who, what, why—and more, behind a crime scene investigation.

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of criminal investigation, including documentation, suspect identification, and report writing. The book provides the latest techniques in crime detection, criminal apprehension and prosecution, collection and use of evidence and information, and detailed coverage of specific crimes.

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The fourth edition of Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science has undergone considerable revision. Designed as a college textbook for use in lower-division college courses, the book is structured to provide the student with a realistic and straightforward look at today's most modern techniques in criminal investigation. The new edition also includes:

  • New Companion Web site www.prenhall.com/lyman
  • New emphasis on forensic science techniques in criminal investigations
  • Updated material on all criminal investigation techniques
  • A dedicated and improved glossary of physical evidence outlining all procedures for collection and preservation of evidence in criminal cases
  • Expanded sections on DNA, forensic investigations, and cyber crime investigations
  • A new chapter addressing undercover and surveillance operations
  • Addition of a four color photo insert
  • Updated crime statistics from the latest FBI Uniform Crime Reports
  • Specially designed "Case In Point" sections offering valuable and timely case studies in criminal investigation
  • "A Closer Look" boxes that showcase real-life circumstances to illustrate points in the book
  • Recent case histories with discussions of relevant evidence including the Dru Sjodin kidnapping and murder and the capture of the Green River Killer-Gary Ridgeway
  • New, dedicated appendix, which includes helpful Internet addresses of related Web sites
  • Up-to-date U.S. Supreme Court decisions
  • New, 22-chapter format

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