Volume 48, Issue 2 (March 2003)
Review of: Forensic Examination of Glass and Paint
This book expands the Taylor and Francis series in forensic science with the topics of glass and paint and their examination in the forensic laboratory. Overall, the book is a solid addition to a forensic scientist's library, but only as an addition (more on that later). The chapters are all written by experts in their respective fields hailing from Europe (8), the U.S. (5), Canada (3), and Australia (1). The book has a European feel, which may give some U.S. readers pause to wonder; some "popular" methods in Europe are not used in the U.S., and vice versa. In reading the entire book, it becomes noticeable that the individual authors did not confer with each other and/or that the book was not edited with an even hand. Some chapters contradict each other and many repeat introductory material. Nevertheless, Forensic Examination of Glass and Paint remains a remarkable reference in a discipline with too few books.