Learn how to record and lift fingerprints, identify a ransom note's ink, and reveal messages on a seemingly blank page. You'll also discover approaches to code cracking; voice pattern analysis; and matching hair, clothing, and tissue samples. A history of forensic science is included in this eye-opening look at crime detection, along with true-life tales of famous sleuths and remarkable cases.
"An entertaining title for junior detectives, recreational readers, and science-fair students." — School Library Journal
"Detective wannabes will find a wealth of how-to tips." — New York Newsday
About the Author
Author of more than 130 science books for young readers, Robert Gardner taught biology, chemistry, and physics at the Salisbury School for almost 40 years, where he served as department chair for 30 years. His awards include the SB&F (Science Books and Film) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Hands-On Science Writing.
Table of Contents
1 Science and Crime 1
2 The Development of Forensic Science and Modern Crime Detection 7
3 Fingerprints and Other Prints: Something Criminals Often Leave Behind 13
4 Other Clues that Help Solve Crimes 37
5 Documents and Crime 66
6 The Art of Sleuthing 89
7 Using Your Crime-Detecting Skills 115