De Forest, PR
Professor of criminalistics, John Jay College/CUNY, New York, NY
This slim book consisting of 20 short chapters deals with a very important topic and will undoubtedly be of some value to criminalist and investigator alike. The author, a retired tire tread designer with several years of experience in helping investigators locate candidate tires capable of making certain tracks and in interpreting casework exhibits, could be expected to contribute the definitive work on the subject. The latter this book is not. There is not a great deal presented that experienced forensic scientists have not learned from casework experience, readings scattered among diverse sources, and, perhaps visits to tire manufacturing facilities. There seems to be no question that Mr. McDonald knows much of forensic science relevance that he could teach us about tires. One would have hoped that some of this expertise could be made available to criminalists. Very little that is not already known to experienced criminalists is shared in this volume. This is probably not a book that will remain on the criminalist's bookshelf. Although it may provide some useful new information for many criminalists, this new information is likely to be mastered in one reading. This is not a reference work.
Paper ID: JFS13277J