For courses in Introduction to Forensic Science. A one-of-a-kind, this innovative text presents a detailed look at the methods of forensic pattern recognition, preservation and processing for the five major forensic patterns. Written in clear, understandable language, it draws on the author's vast crime scene experience and research conducted at Sam Houston State University. Its in-depth coverage offers techniques excluded from other texts and its focus is on how to preserve and process fingerprints, footwear impressions, tire impressions, bite marks and tool marks. Key illustrations and contributions from researchers make this a valuable resource in both the classroom and the field.