Book Review: Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice – by L. E. Carmichael

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Book: Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice
Author: L. E. Carmichael
Publisher: Abdo Publishing
Date: 2015
Genre: science; for grades 7-12, ages 12-17
Pages: 112; hardcover
Price: $35.00
My rating: Fascinating subject very well presented 
to understand

Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice is a book I purchased at the children’s book fair I attended in 2016. I had a lovely chat with the author, Lindsey Carmichael, and was quite impressed. She has a collection of books she’s written, for most she had to do serious research to cover the topic – and she loves the research. This book – one of a series – required much of that.

Although for many people the topic of forensic science is far from what they would like to read about, I find it fascinating. This book is put together so expertly that it will be appealing to many.

Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice focuses mainly on the ways science has become vital in solving many crimes. Fingerprinting, DNA testing, the insects found at different times on human remains that help to determine time of death – it all fascinates me – and this book does not disappoint in going into detail. The author has added side bars of information, for example, one that informs the reader that the same forensic techniques used to investigate crimes against people can be applied to investigate crimes against wildlife. Here are others …

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Here are the chapters:

  1. DNA Fingerprinting
  2. Bodies of Evidence
  3. Chemical Clues
  4. Firearms Analysis
  5. Written in Blood
  6. No More Mistaken Identity
  7. Never Without a Trace
  8. From Page to Screen
  9. The Future of Forensics
  • Timeline
  • Essential Facts
  • Glossary
  • Additional Resources
  • Source Notes
  • Index
  • About the Author

The author delves into the history of forensic science and describes its use in actual events, including previously unsolved crimes, missing persons cases, toxicology information, the CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) aspect, and so much more. The photography throughout this book is bold and effective, adding superb descriptive detail.

Lindsey Carmichael’s writing is easy to understand as she lays out a very complex subject in an organized, accurate way that is totally absorbing.

Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice could be the book that inspires a young person’s interest in this vital field. There is so much amazing information contained in this book, from the earliest days of recorded methods to present digital forensics. The timeline included at the back of the book starts with 44 BCE when the first recorded autopsy was performed on murder victim Julius Caesar! For readers of any age Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice will definitely answer questions regarding criminal investigation.

You can find Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice by L. E. Carmichael on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

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2 responses to “Book Review: Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice – by L. E. Carmichael

  1. Did the author mention Wilfrid Derome? I wrote an article about him for Canada’s History magazine several years ago. He built the first forensics laboratory in North America in Montreal in 1914. Elliot Ness tried to recruit Derome to work in Chicago with him during his battles with Al Capone, and Herbert Hoover visited Derome’s lab to find out how to design a lab for the FBI. Derome also wrote the first book on how to match bullets with the guns that fired them.

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    • wow! That’s great information. I don’t know why she didn’t include that in her book, but I wish she had. She must have somehow missed that. Thanks for the info, Heather.

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