Andrew Jackson and Julie Jackson's book is a comprehensive introductory text to the forensic sciences and describes the types of evidence available, techniques of recovery and examination, the potential and shortcomings of using these forms of evidence and the legal context surrounding the application of science within the judicial framework.
The book is richly illustrated with case studies and effectively employs classic historical and modern cases as examples. Handy definitions of forensic terminology have been included in the margins and each chapter ends with a problem section for the reader to work through.
There is also a decent accompanying website that contains more questions, internet links and a glossary.
Although this book is aimed at forensic science undergraduates, it would also be a useful entry to those involved with the forensic arena at any level. Unfortunately, the chapter reading lists are rather limited, making it difficult to seek further information on these subjects.
The book has no new material, but as an introductory text it succeeds and leaves the reader in no doubt about the potential of forensic evidence and the place of forensic science in modern criminal investigations.
Tim Thompson is lecturer in forensic anthropology, Dundee University.
Forensic Science. First edition
Author - Andrew R. W. Jackson and Julie M. Jackson
Publisher - Prentice Hall
Pages - 395
Price - £26.99
ISBN - 0 13 043251 2