Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation


Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation

The Perfect Reference Guide for:

*   Murder Mystery Fans
*   CSI and Crime Drama Fans
*   Mystery Authors seeking Authenticity
*   Students of Criminal Investigation

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  • Uses an accessible style appealing to a wide audience of students, detectives, scientists, and attorneys
  • Presents a new chapter on digital evidence collection
  • Covers the latest on DNA, including touch DNA, partial matches, and familial searching
  • Includes new color photos and real case examples
  • Provides an overview of the crime scene investigation process, from the first officer on the scene through the legal system
  • Contains end-of-chapter questions to test readers’ assimilation of concepts

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“If you are a Professional Crime Scene Investigator, then this book is a must have for both your personal forensic reference library, as well as your office reference library.”
—Edward W. Wallace Jr., Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Retired First Grade Detective, NYPD

“Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation is a well-written, comprehensive guide to the investigative and technical aspects of CSI. The textbook is an educational standard on the theory and practice of crime scene investigation and includes many informative casework examples and photographs. On reading this book, students, entry-level personnel, and experienced practitioners will have a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of forensic science in its application to crime scene investigations.”
—Professor Don Johnson, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University, Los Angeles

The application of science and technology plays a critical role in the investigation and adjudication of crimes in our criminal justice system. But before science can be brought to bear on evidence, it must be recognized and collected in an appropriate manner at crime scenes. Written by authors with over 50 years of combined experience in forensic science, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation examines the concepts, field-tested techniques, and procedures of crime scene investigation. Detectives, crime scene technicians, and forensic scientists can rely on this updated version of the “forensics bible” to effectively apply science and technology to the tasks of solving crimes.

What’s New in the Eighth Edition:

  • The latest in forensic DNA testing and collection, including low copy number DNA
  • A new chapter on digital evidence
  • New case studies with color photographs
  • End-of-chapter study questions
  • Practical tips and tricks of the trade in crime scene processing


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Time Killer – A Chilling Mystery Thriller by Todd M. Thiede

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Time Killer

by Todd M. Thiede

A Chilling Murder Mystery Thriller

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In the small city of Rockton, Illinois, someone is tired of waiting. He’s tired of standing in line at the grocery store and tired of waiting at the drive-through line. Now he’s doing something about it.

The first murder rocks the city. The entire Bjornson family—except the father, Stephen—has been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message behind, written in the victim’s blood: Don’t Waste People’s Time. It’s a grizzly start for two young detectives who’ve just become partners. But Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane put their personal distaste for each other aside and start concentrating on how to find the killer from striking again.

As they investigate the scene of the crime and interview Stephen at the hospital, the clues slowly begin to add up. Could this be a deranged killer who struck ten years ago and has now returned to the area? Before they can answer that question, another murder is reported, and Max and Jesse suddenly realize they have a serial killer on the loose.

But as they get closer to the truth, a past memory begins to haunt Max, one that might lead to a break in the case—or the end of his career.


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The Bourbon Street Ripper by Leo King

The Bourbon Street Ripper

A Mystery Thriller Set in New Orleans
by Leo King


In 1972, the city of New Orleans was terrorized by a serial killer known as the Bourbon Street Ripper. Although he was captured, convicted, and executed, his deeds left a scar on the city.

Now, twenty years later, the murders have started again, and the secrets of the past, left buried for so long, must be uncovered in order to stop this new horror.

From author Leo King comes a gritty tale of murder, mystery and suspense set in the Big Easy.

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NOHO – A Good old-fashioned hardboiled thriller


James Davis delivers a gritty Noir tale with his newest release called Noho. The novel takes place in Soho, London sometime in the 1930’s. His character Nick Valentine takes us right into the seedy sections and leads us on a world wind tour as he attempts to solve a murder, protect his dame and figure out who the good guys are. Noho is a good, old-fashioned hardboiled thriller.

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When a dead dancing girl with all the wrong connections is found with Nick Valentine’s name scrawled on a scrap of paper in her pocket, life gets complicated for the disgraced Great War hero.

Unwillingly drawn into a web of espionage and crime in the underbelly of 1930’s London, Nick soon discovers that who killed her may be less important than why. With British Intelligence leaning on Nick to use his underworld connections to investigate the girl’s killing, it soon becomes clear that there’s more to the murder than meets the eye.

Nick soon finds himself at odds not just with the authorities, but on the wrong side of Soho’s gangland bosses and pursued by a foreign spy ring. Trawling Fitzrovia and Soho’s demi-monde of clubs, cabarets and pubs for answers, Nick realises that the stakes go beyond national security, and that no one can be trusted.

As the net closes and the case draws to an increasingly bloody conclusion, Nick is left to tie up the loose ends at a terrible personal cost.

This dark and brooding thriller lifts the covers on a fascinating 1930s’ London few know, while the plot’s twists and turns keep the reader guessing right up to the final page.


Meet The Author:  James Davis

A keen writer since early childhood, whilst studying psychology at college James continued to write, both fiction and increasingly, commentary and opinion on the burgeoning dance music scene. It was perhaps inevitable that after university James would end up spending his nights hunched over a keyboard in a squat in London’s Fitzrovia, scratching a living from writing freelance magazine commissions whilst working on his fiction. These formative years are a key inspiration for the setting of Noho.

Journalistic success of sorts beckoned and in 1997 after a spell travelling the US James had a short story published in a travel anthology, Travellers Tales From Heaven and Hell, (Eye Books, 1997) and his freelance work led to him joining the legendary Ministry of Sound club as part of the team that launched Ministry magazine. Contributions to The Face, Mixmag, Seven, The UK Club Guide, Metro, The Times and many more were to follow.

Whilst professionally James became increasingly involved in the commercial side of the fast developing digital media business, working in senior roles for Warner Bros, News International and MTV, among others, his passion for writing never diminished. He continued to fill his spare time crafting novels and observing London’s demi-monde of nightclubs, boozers and cabarets, developing a passion for Art Deco style and burlesque, as well as a taste for Martinis.

A keen traveller, James now splits his time between London and Ibiza and is married. He spends his spare time reading, writing and doing his best to stay in shape. Noho is his debut novel, but certainly not his last. GET YOUR COPY TODAY!


More About James:

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve loved writing since childhood. I used to write short stories as a child, and was always starting novels, but never getting beyond the first twenty or so pages! Through school and university fiction writing took a back seat to assignments, but I picked it up again and started writing in earnest in my early twenties. It’s just something I love.

Does your location inspire you?
Ibiza definitely inspires – but it also distracts – it’s so beautiful, and there’s so much going on. I have the seed of an idea for a novel set in Ibiza that I keep jotting ideas down on at the moment…
How much does the level of creativity that exists on the island motivate your writing?
What’s great about the island is that there is so much creativity here across so many different fields: music, art, fashion, it’s definitely inspiring and seeing other people creating does drive you forward.

Do you have plans to follow up Noho and if so, can you tell us about them?
Definitely! As I said, I have an idea about a novel set in Ibiza, I’ve got some ideas jotted down for the second Noho, and I actually already have a short story prequel, Valentine in Paris, that I wrote while in Ibiza, out on Kindle. On top of that, I’m reworking a gritty urban London thriller and working on a non-fiction title that I hope to have some news on later in the year. Prioritising and finding time is my problem at the moment, but I hope to have another fiction novel out this year.

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The Set Up and The Inside Job
Thrillers by Felix Riley

Secret Service Agent Mike Byrne is too late . . .

Too late to save the one man who knew the truth – the star witness who was about to blow the whistle on the biggest banking scandal in history. Too late to stop an innocent man from dying, and so plunging the world of high finance into a death spiral of violence and murder.

Because payback for bankers who gambled with other people’s money is being handed out in bullets and bombs. And now the only person who can keep the bankers alive is Agent Byrne, who finds himself having to protect the very people he swore to take down. Before long Byrne is locked into a deadly fight with an unseen enemy – an enemy that will stop at nothing to get what they want . . .



New York City – present day.

The Investigator… is under investigation for the cold-blooded murder of four Wall Street bankers. The NYPD have motive, they have opportunity – and they have it on film.

The Conspiracy… involves the very people we were meant to trust. They have money, they have power, and they have Mike Byrne in their sights.

The Set-Up… requires a fall guy.

Mike Byrne has a past that was meant to stay that way – in the past. Only, the past has a way of catching up with you. Instead he finds himself caught in a race against time, trying to prevent an attack in New York City, an attack that nobody else can stop.

They want Mike Byrne framed. They want Mike Byrne dead. But they forgot what he was trained to do…



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