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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1771-1772
DOI: 10.1126/science.1064162

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Suspect Identities A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification. Simon A. Cole. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001. 381 pp. $35, £23.95. ISBN 0-674-00455-8.

Cole offers a critical examination of how the fingerprints came to be seen as a trustworthy technique for identifying individuals and how the craft of interpreting them became a cornerstone of forensics science.