WHEN OBJECTS TALK, SOLVING A CRIME WITH SCIENCE. Coauthored with Dr. Terry Phillips, published by Lerner Publishing Co., Minneapolis, MN in 2001
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"Teen fans of the CSI television series will love this fascinating book that painlessly engages students with science through grisly attention to detail and short cases that illustrate each forensic test."
- VOYA, August 2002
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"By linking passages on the science involved to the fictional narrative of crime solving, the authors of When Objects Talk, two experienced science writers, present the lay reader with a neat capsule on forensics"
- Science Books & Films, May/June 2002
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"Forensic science is a topic sure to grab the attention of students. When Objects Talk:Solving a Crime with Science offers a fascinating account of how evidence is collected and analyzed to help solve criminal investigations. The authors, a trial attorney and an immunologist, combine factual information with a fictional case study to describe their methods...Although this book is not a lab manual and does not include reproducible resources, it would serve as an excellent resource for a high school unit on forensic science. The unfolding story of the murder mystery makes this book a real page turner!"
- NSTA Web site 2002
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"Using a fictional murder case as the thread on which to string 'beads' of forensic practices, the authors present a broad range of scientific techniques used by law enforcement agencies around the world...Interesting and informative...to demonstrate how the forensic methodology so clearly described by Friedlander and Phillips solved real crimes."
- School Library Journal, February 2002
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"A murder has been committed and forensic specialists work together to solve the mystery. As progress in tracking down the murder is described, the methodology used in the analysis of the evidence is explained...Friedlander and Phillips excite the imagination and alternately explain the science behind the findings. Regardless of the depth or breadth of a library collection, When Objects Talk is a must purchase"
- Bay Views (CA), December 2001
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"Friedlander and Phillips have done a remarkable job of clearly presenting a complex body of information about forensic science and its ability to help law enforcement officers solve crimes. This book explains the latest techniques and technology for DNA testing, ballistics, autopsies, bloodstain-pattern interpretation, and much more, but combines it with 'The Case', a fictional account of how forensics is used to solve a hypothetical murder. This device gives immediacy to the factual information and makes it quite readable...In addition, legal procedures are woven into the story and forensic terms are explained...Highly Recommended.
- The Book Report, Highly Recommended March/April 2002