POLICE LAB by Melvin Berger


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Berger uses nine actual cases (""only the names have been changed"") to introduce his nine chapters on how different crime detection labs and methods help nail a suspect or--in one of the nine--establish his innocence. Thus a speck of gold paint between the threads of a dead child's jacket helps track down a hit-and-run driver; handwriting analysts put the finger on a forger; and a shrewd medical examiner exposes an intern who almost got away with murdering his wife. The cases have none of the narrative interest of Blassingame's Science Catches the Criminal (1975), but they do focus the guided tours, and Berger's surface-oriented approach works better in the police lab than in some of the other labs he's visited.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1976
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: John Day