Beyond CSI: Books on Forensics

The popularity of TV dramas such as CSI has sparked an interest in crime scene investigation and the science behind crime solving. If you're fascinated by the forensic professionals and the techniques they use to catch criminals, try one of these nonfiction or fiction books. All of these titles can be found in the Library under the call number listed.

Nonfiction books on forensics
Fiction featuring forensics experts
Books about true crime

Nonfiction Books on Forensics

Baden, Michael M. Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers. 2001. (363.259523 B)

Bell, Susan. The Facts on File Dictionary of Forensic Science. 2004.
(Adult Reference 363.2503 B)

Blanche, Tony. Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. 1998. (614.1 B)

Craig, Emily A. Teasing Secrets from the Dead: My Investigations at America’s Most Infamous Crime Scenes. 2004. (363.2562 C)

Erzinçlioglu, Zakaria. Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Scientific Detection in the Twentieth Century. 2000. (363.25 E)

Faigman, David L. Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law. 2004. (347.7326 F)

Lee, Henry C. Cracking Cases: The Science of Solving Crimes. 2002. (363.25 L)

Lee, Henry C. Blood Evidence: How DNA is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes. 2003. (614.1 L)

Mann, Robert W. and Williamson, Miryam Ehrlich. Forensic Detective: How I Cracked the World’s Toughest Cases. 2006. (614.17 M)

Marriner, Brian. On Death’s Bloody Trail: Murder and the Art of Forensic Science. 1993. (363.259523 M)

Mauriello, Thomas P. The Dollhouse Murders: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes. 2004. (363.25 M)

Owen, David. Hidden Evidence: 40 True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them. 2000. (363.25 O)

Platt, Richard. Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science. 2003. (363.25 P)

Wecht, Cyril H. Cause of Death. 1993. (614.1 W)

Wecht, Cyril H. Grave Secrets: A Leading Forensic Expert Reveals the Startling Truth about O.J. Simpson, David Koresh, Vincent Foster, and Other Sensational Cases. 1996. (614.1 W)

Wecht, Cyril H. Tales from the Morgue: Forensic Answers to Nine Famous Cases Including the Scott Peterson & Chandra Levy Cases. 2005. (614.1 W)

Zugibe, Frederick T. and Carroll, David L. Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner. 2005 (614.1 Z)


Fiction Featuring Forensics Experts

Ablow, Keith. Denial. 1997. (Fiction ABL)

Andrews, Lori B. Sequence. 2006. (Fiction AND)

Bass, Jefferson. Carved in Bone. 2006. (Mystery BAS)

Connor, Beverly. Dead Secret. 2005. (Mystery CON)

Cornwell, Patricia. Predator. 2005. (Mystery COR). Also available: Large Type, CD, Cassette

Cotterill, Colin. The Coroner’s Lunch. 2004. (Mystery COT)

Deaver, Jeffrey. The Bone Collector. 1997. (Fiction DEA). Also available: Large Type, Cassette

Donaldson, D. J. Cajun Nights. 1988. (Mystery DON)

Elkins, Aaron. Good Blood. 2004. (Mystery ELK)

Ephron, G. H. Amnesia. 2000. (Mystery EPH)

Ford, G. M. The Deader the Better. 2000. (Mystery FOR)

Gilder, Joshua. Ghost Image. 2002. (Fiction GIL)

Goddard, Ken. First Evidence. 1999. (Fiction GOD)

Holland, Thomas. One Drop of Blood. 2006. (Fiction HOL)

Iles, Greg. Blood Memory. 2005. (Fiction ILE). Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Kaminsky, Stuart. Blood on the Sun. 2006. (Mystery KAM)

LaPlante, Richard. Mantis. 1993. (Fiction LAP)

Lindsay, Jeffry. Dearly Devoted Dexter. 2005. (Fiction LIN). Also available: CD

Ondaatje, Michael. Anil’s Ghost. 2000. (Fiction OND). Also available: Large Type, CD

Reichs, Kathy. Cross Bones. 2005. (Mystery REI). Also available: Large Type, CD

Slaughter. Karin. Blindsighted. 2001. (Mystery SLA). Also available: eBook

Walker, Robert W. Absolute Instinct. 2004. (Mystery WAL)


Books About True Crime

Breo, Dennis L. The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murder of Eight Student Nurses. 1993. (364.1523 B)

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. 1965. (364.1523 C)

Graysmith, Robert. Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed. 2002. (364.1523 G)

Jentz, Terri. Strange Piece of Paradise. 2006. (364.1555 J)

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. 2003. (364.1523 L). Also available: Large Type, CD, Cassette, eAudiobook

O’Neal, Linda; Tennyson, Philip F. and Watson, Rick. Missing: The Oregon City Girls: A Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder. 2006. (364.1523 O)

Possley, Maurice. The Brown’s Chicken Massacre. 2003. (364.1523 P)

Ramsland, Katherine. Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill. 2005.
(364.1523 R)

Rule, Ann. Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer— America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer. 2004. (364.1523 R).

Sullivan, Terry. Killer Clown: The John Wayne Gacy Murders. 1983. (364.1523 S952ki)

Tithecott, Richard. Of Men and Monsters: Jeffrey Dahmer and the Construction of the Serial Killer. 1997. (364.1523 T)

Vernon, McCay. Deadly Lust. 2005. (364.1523 V)