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This text presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation and provides a sound method for reconstructing a past event (i.e., a crime), based on three major sources of information - people, records, and physical evidence. Its tried-and-true system for conducting an investigation is updated with the latest techniques available, teaching the reader new ways of obtaining information from people, including mining the social media outlets now used by a broad spectrum of the public; how to navigate the labyrinth of records and files currently available online; and fresh ways of gathering, identifying, and analyzing physical evidence. Special emphasis will be given to the impact and investigation of identity theft and fraud. NEW TO THIS EDITION Four-color throughout New section on the influence and impact of technology on criminal investigation New chapter on international crime Glossary and keyword section for each chapter New Q&A feature designed to encourage in-class discussion on controversial issues 30% new and updated material New and updated ancillary material, including video FEATURES Dozens of photographs, graphics, table, charts and diagrams supplement the text A glossary elaborates on terms found in the text, gathered into one handy reference Review questions and What You Should Know concepts in each chapter