Features and Benefits

  • Offers experienced insight from a recognized expert. The author provides keen insight gained from years of experience in the field. Lyman offers expert knowledge of the science of crime detection procedures and the art of anticipating human behavior.

  • Provides a well-rounded, realistic introduction. The text blends scientific theories of crime detection with a practical approach to criminal investigation.

    • Comprehensive coverage introduces students to a broad range of criminal investigation techniques.

    • The duties of both uniformed officers and criminal investigators are outlined throughout the book, recognizing that there is a fundamental need for both to work in tandem throughout many aspects of the criminal investigation process.

  • Engages students with a real-world approach. Current issues and up-to-date case studies are integrated with modern forensic techniques of crime detection.

    • The text flows logically, paralleling the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation.

    • Case in Point sections present case examples, procedures, and investigation techniques to illustrate how chapter concepts are applied in real investigations.

    • UPDATED: New Case Studies have been added, such as: the Hannah Graham missing persons case; suspected serial killer Robert Durst; Cop killer Eric Frein; the Boston Marathon killers; the murder investigation involving New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez; the "Slenderman" murder; the 2015 Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel investigation; and the Sony Pictures computer hacking investigation.

  • Incorporates the latest developments in the field. Criminal investigators in the field now employ many procedures once restricted to the crime laboratory. Lyman includes the most recent developments in forensic science that criminal investigators need to know.

    • EXPANDED: Discussion on the history of criminal investigation containing biographical vignettes on pioneers in criminal investigation

    • NEW: Section on the "Tech Effect"

    • EXPANDED: Section on deductive and inductive reasoning

    • NEW: Discussion about "tunnel vision" and "anchoring" in the investigative thought process

    • NEW: Addition of "How to track serial killers" section and the addition of an "active shooter" discussion

    • EXPANDED: Section on the crime scene walkthrough and the neighborhood canvas

    • NEW: Samples of investigative forms including: Crime scene work sheet form; Victim information form; Crime scene checklist form and Crime scene security log form

    • NEW: Discussions on the CODIS database and geographic profiling

    • NEW: Section on "Cloud-based" searches for digital evidence and digital search warrants

    • EXPANDED: Section on investigative detentions and consensual encounters

    • EXPANDED: Additional information on cognitive interviews

    • EXPANDED: Information on new intelligence gathering technology including police license plate readers and facial recognition technology

    • NEW: Discussion on tracking social media for investigative leads

    • EXPANDED: Section on gunshot wounds and estimating the distance from the victim to the shooter

    • NEW: Information on determining the type of firearm used in homicides

  • Helps students see the bigger picture. Recognizing that criminal investigation is a law enforcement responsibility that must be conducted within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the practices of a democratic society, court decisions and case studies have been quoted extensively for clarification of issues and general reader information.

    • UPDATED: Figures have been updated throughout the text, and more illustrations have been added to support key information, especially regarding the surveillance of criminal suspects in Chapter 7.

  • Promotes learning with helpful reading aids

    • A Closer Look allow students to delve into select chapter topics in depth, such as technology, careers, tools and techniques, and issues in criminal investigation.

    • UPDATED: Streamlined Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter provide readers with a concise overview of what they can expect to learn in each chapter and help focus their study.

    • End-of-chapter review includes Key Terms, Discussion Questions, and Summary Checklists. The Summary Checklists include review questions followed by bulleted responses to test students’ knowledge of the main chapter concepts.

Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, 8/e is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.