Written in a straight-forward manner, the text focuses on the five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations: background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. More Key Features:A focus on evidence in criminal investigations A multitude of case examples are provided in Criminal Investigation in order to illustrate key points and as a basis for discussion about the proper conduct of criminal investigations. A comprehensive capstone case is presented at the end of the book for students to analyze and apply the knowledge gained throughout the course. Findings from contemporary research offer new insights on topics such as eyewitness identifications and human memory. Learning Objectives are presented at the beginning of each chapter to help students see the goals for what they will be studying Full-colour original photos of crime scenes bring students closer to real-life criminal investigations and investigative techniques.