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  • By Sandra Moyer on December 10, 2017

    First, I'll say that this book explains things relatively well periodically throughout (so long as it's providing some kind of step-by-step information). I was excited about the price, too, because textbooks are often priced so unreasonably.That said, I purchased the Kindle version of this book for a class, because it was the required text. I got through about five pages in and realized that this is a terribly written book. It's like reading a crime scene seizure. It leaps from subject to subject and case to case like some kind of forensic mad libs. The icing on the cake was that when I was trying to copy and paste from the book into a word document to separate the nonsense from the information I actually need, I was told in an error message that I'd "reached the copy limit set by the publisher".Dude. I bought the book, and I am having to put labor in to weed through the godawful writing, and now I can't even do that. And for anyone who is thinking "it's because they don't want you to copy and paste the whole book and steal it and give it to your friends" or whatever, it's important that you know that anyone who tries to bring this book into your life is NOT your friend.

  • By A customer on December 22, 1999

    Fear not, science-phobes, for a fun-to-read, exceptionally well-illustrated comprehensive book on what goes on inside a crime lab has finally been published. Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists by John Houde accurately and thoroughly depicts what criminalists encounter in their profession. It offers engaging reading to the layperson and professional alike, placing them first-hand into the processing of a crime scene. They are then taken for a ride on the back of the evidence through the crime laboratory as criminalists and analysts unlock the secrets hidden within. Throughout, concepts come alive through well-chosen snippets of real-life cases.The breadth of instrumentation and analyses that the author presents is impressive. He explains DNA typing, bloodstain pattern interpretation, gas chromatography, electrophoresis, ultraviolet spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, microscopy, DRUGFIRE, mass spectrometry, impression evidence, microcrystal tests, and scanning electron microscopy, to name only some. In the spirit of thoroughness, the author admits there are areas that he did not include in the book and provides a list of them.More important than the technical aspects of the crime lab is conveying the criminalist's mentality. The author has the reader view the evidence through the mind of the criminalist-considering alternative interpretations of the evidence, then using scientific principles and techniques to corroborate or refute them. He explains, "We don't have a personal stake in winning convictions or acquittals. We only care that our interpretations will be correct."Although written for the layperson, those in the profession will find this valuable reading. There is currently a trend towards specialization in criminalistics. It is not unusual to find lab personnel fully competent in their specialty, yet woefully ignorant about their coworker's areas of expertise. This book provides a breadth of basic knowledge that any good criminalist should have. It starts with the processing of the crime scene, then presents real-life problems and solutions encountered by every lab regarding packaging and sample collection. Resources every good criminalist should be aware of are listed and some of the "big players" in the field are mentioned. Courtroom testimony, accreditation, certification, and professional associations are also addressed.Continuing in the comprehensive spirit of the book, there is an index for ready reference and a book list for further study. It includes over 100 beautiful and well-placed illustrations. For those who become caught by the criminalistics bug, the author discusses what it takes to become a criminalist.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to potential jurors, those searching for a career, and forensic scientists.

  • By A customer on December 3, 2001

    I received a Bachelor in Chemistry and have been working in a laboratory for two years. Recently I have been interested in pursuing a career in Criminalistics. My lab experience covered polymer development. I needed reading material that would give me an idea of what they do in a crime lab and what types of methods and testing they perform. This book went above and beyond my expectations. It was interesting while providing excellent, easy to understand information on what to expect in the field of forensic science. It is titled "a guide for nonscientist" but it should really be titled "a guide for everyone interested in this field of study". I have worked with many of the testing methods described in this book (while in school) and reading John Haude I could visually picture what hr was describing. He had some great analogies which I will probably use if I have to explain "what" I did in the lab to a jury. This book gives you a starting point in which one could search for more technical information on specific tests. If you have never worked in a crime lab then you are not familiar with the types of testing they do. This gives you that information. For all those non-scientist reading this review...definitely get this book....it's interesting and it is understandable.

  • By Jonathan on October 24, 2017

    I am using this for my class and it is really awesome. It teaches you by taking you through a crime that has occurred. Never encountered a teaching book like this that teaches techniques as you go and actually helps you apply it to assignments.


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