Reviews for Forensic Secrets

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--Lurid case studies and sometimes gruesome, staged photos of crime victims or blood-spattered evidence add melodrama to these introductions. CSI opens with a still from one of the CSI TV shows, though it goes on to note that gathering evidence is seldom as easy as the programs portray, and often that evidence-as exemplified in the investigation of JonBenet Ramsey's murder-is ambiguous or compromised by shoddy procedures. Forensic Cases provides an unusual historical cross section of crimes, from murder to art theft, in which such evidence played significant roles, and Cyber Crime includes discussions of hacking, cyber-terrorism, and identity theft as well as cases where criminals were nabbed using cell-phone evidence. There is extensive overlap among the broadly focused Murder Clues and some of the other volumes.

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