Gr 3-6-- These titles are not so much career guides as descriptions of the history and techniques of each specialty, with specific examples to demonstrate how each one has been put to use in proving guilt-or innocence. The first use of DNA analysis, for instance, not only led to an arrest but also uncovered a false confession. The presentations aren't just filled out with bland generalities, either; the first volume delivers a detailed critique of mistakes in the handling of evidence in the O.J. Simpson case. Forensic Entomology is replete with close-ups of various maggots, and Forensic Artist sounds several ghoulish notes in the pictures and descriptions of Great Britain's grisly "Jigsaw" murders. Crime Scene Investigator summarizes information in the other volumes and briefly identifies even more related specialties. Though the writing is sometimes awkward and some of the color photos are strictly filler, these titles are likely to have an appeal that extends beyond straight assignment use. Nonetheless, their lack of leads to further sources of information is a flaw, and "Forensic Files" (Watts) is just one of several comparable series. Consider as demand warrants.--John Peters, New York Public Library[Page 161]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.