Investigating Murder: Detective Work and the Police Response to Criminal Homicide by Martin Innes

Investigating Murder: Detective Work and the Police Response to Criminal Homicide

byMartin Innes

Hardcover | February 1, 2003

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Investigating Murder provides a unique insight into how police detectives investigate and solve murders. Based upon fieldwork observation of murder squads at work, interviews with detectives and detailed analysis of police case files, it provides an original and innovative account of thepractices and processes involved in the investigation of homicides, as well as some of the problems that are often encountered in the conduct of this work. Drawing upon the detailed empirical data collected, the book develops a conceptual framework for understanding the methods that detectives seekto utilise in order to identify suspects and construct a case against them. Situating such work in its social and legal context this major study shows how interviews, forensic evidence, and other investigative techniques are used by detectives to manufacture a narrative of the crime that sets outhow the incident took place, and who did what to whom. In so doing, the book does much to further our understandings of detective work, how detectives understand their role, the problems they encounter and the solutions they manufacture to solve these problems. The description and analysis providedwill be of interest to academic researchers and students in the fields of policing and criminology, as well as practitioners working in the criminal justice system.

About The Author

Martin Innes was awarded his PhD in 1999 by the London School of Economics. In the same year he was appointed to a lectureship in sociology at the University of Surrey, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control; Social Theory and Social Policy. His research focuses upon iss...

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Title:Investigating Murder: Detective Work and the Police Response to Criminal HomicideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259429

ISBN - 13:9780199259427

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting the Scene1. Detective Work2. Murder3. Law4. The Social Organisation of Murder SquadsPart 2: Towards a Theory of Crime Investigation5. Information Work6. Investigative Technologies7. Investigative MethodologyPart 3: The Process of the Investigation8. Self-solvers9. Whodunits10. Murder Investigations In ExtremisPart 4: Conclusion11. Crime Investigation and the Creation of Collective Memory

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`... some revealing anecdotes from detectives.'Policing Today