Senior forensic specialist, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner, Identification Bureau, Santa Ana, CA
The contents of this book were not in agreement with what the author stated in the preface, “This book deals directly with latent (finger) print identification.” It is overflowing with experiences the author has had in the Latent Print Section of the Los Angeles Police Department. It was difficult to identify the audience to which the material was addressed. The author suggests instructors will be using it, presumably as a textbook; however, the lack of illustrations of certain topics (incipient ridges, abnormal ridge structure, fingerprint reversals, and so forth) could baffle someone unfamiliar with these areas of fingerprint science. When deciding not to include additional illustrations, the author should have taken into consideration that besides instructors, others may have an occasion to read the text.
Paper ID: JFS12504J