The TV series "CSI" isn't the only place to get a glimpse of the new crime-fighting heroes, forensic scientists. You can also delve into that world via a new book co-authored by a St. Lawrence University graduate.

Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers, by Michael Baden and Marion Roach '77, was released in September 2001 by Simon & Schuster. Publishers Weekly says, "Baden and Roach invite the outsider into the laboratory with a gripping sense of immediacy, and conversely, they bring the usually hidden forensic sciences into the light of day....Every page reveals another aspect of the forensic sciences, leading the reader into the Cimmerian world of autopsies, murder scenes, blood-splatter analysis, the life cycles of blowflies in carrion, DNA fingerprinting and the methods for identifying unknown victims by their skulls, teeth and bones. The authors also touch upon the obscure yet fruitful fields of forensic botany and climatology. The material is exhaustive, yet the journey is never less than fascinating. "

Roach, who is also a St. Lawrence trustee, is also the author of the book Another Name For Madness, about her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, and a contributor to several other books, as well as a regular commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

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