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Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
April 30, 2008
ISBN-10: 0813542715
ISBN-13: 978-0813542713
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Exposing forensic science as it really is, not as it's portrayed on television. Dozens of cases revealing problems in the fields of fingerprint identification, DNA analysis, forensic pathology, and the forensic identification of bite mark wounds, footwear impressions, latent ear prints, and questioned handwriting. Two chapters on the JonBenet Ramsey case featuring previously unpublished information.

Advanced praise:

". . . extremely topical, sharply written, and well researched. I recommend Forensics Under Fire to anyone interested or involved in criminal justice, constitutional law, civil rights, forensic science, or law enforcement. . . . Fisher offers readers the chance to see behind the headlines and the portrayal of forensic science by the entertainment industry."
Dr. C. Michael Bowers, attorney, forensic odontologist, Venture County, California
Read the complete review in Science 27 June 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5884, p. 1722

". . . immensely well-written and attention-holding....riveting and dramatic." Robert L. Snow, author of Murder 101 and Deadly Cults

"This well-researched work shines a light on the dark side of forensic science to expose the enormous damage inflicted on the criminal justice system by rogue and dishonest forensic practitioners." Dr. Richard Saferstein, former Chief Forensic Scientist for New Jersey and the author of the classic text, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

For updates on the cases in Forensics Under Fire see the Under Fire pages in the Forensics section of the web site.

Compiled, Arranged and Edited by Jim Fisher
Hardcover: 235 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
September 25, 2006
ISBN-10: 0813538823
ISBN-13: 978-0813538822
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This is a book for aspiring writers, creative writing teachers and students, and anyone interested in the literary world. It is the most comprehensive and entertaining book of its kind providing the reader with an inside look at the reality of creativity, craft, and the writing life. It also serves as a writing handbook written by 500 authors. All quotes are sourced and the book has an extensive bibliography and index of authors.

"The Writer's Quotebook offers passages ranging from one sentence to one paragraph long, each with its own distinct and often witty insight. Highly recommended." Midwest Book Review

"Depending on your proximity to the writing life. . . The Writer's Quotebook will either fill you with hilarity, dread or inspiration. . . . What provides much of the humor found in the book is the often times jarring juxtaposition of different writers' thoughts on a particular subject. . . . There are many helpful nuggets of information contained within the covers of this quotebook. But to rate this book by the educational value it possesses would be to miss the point entirely; it is definitely not a "how-to" book. Rather, reading it is like standing in the center of a circle of great writers and asking each of them, one at a time, to opine on a particular literary subject. The writers quoted in Fisher's book rarely agree on anything, but the compilation of their thoughts have a single purpose: a very interesting and entertaining read." Kathryn Atwood, BookPleasures.com

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Ten Percent of Nothing

Hardcover: 240 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.50 x 6.50
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
May 2004
ISBN: 0809325756
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Fisher upends the genteel racket of fee-based literary agents and vanity publishers in this searing look at the rise and fall of Dorothy L. Deering, a bogus entrepreneur who systematically swindled thousands of would-be writers out of millions of dollars with promises of having their work turned into saleable books. In divulging the details of this colossal and shocking confidence game, Ten Percent of Nothing: The Case of the Literary Agent from Hell exposes a growing and serious crime against writers and a dark, ugly secret about the American publishing industry. For more information on this type of crime visit the Publishing Scams section on the web site.

"Well-researched and entertaining, Ten Percent of Nothing is a fascinating study of the darker side of the literary world. It's a cautionary tale for all aspiring writers." Theresa M. Hegel, The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio

"In telling the story of Dorothy Deering, Jim Fisher exposes the slimy underbelly of the agent trade. I work with new writers every day and I hope every one of them reads this book before setting out to find a literary agent." Bill Martin, President, Agent Research & Evaluation, Inc.

"The complex and convoluted nature of the con game perpetrated by Ms. Deering and her ilk is highlighted by the clarity of writing in which it is detailed. Fisher is a pro and it shows." John H. Irsfeld, University of Nevada Las Vegas

"Ten Percent of Nothing will fascinate anyone who wants to understand how a real-life big con gets put together and executed, and it is also vital reading for everyone connected to the book business. It is heart wrenching to see the numbers of new writers who fall for the siren songs of the Dorothy Deerings of publishing. In the effort to be well-published nothing is more vital than the right agent; nothing can be more devastating than to realize that the person you were relying on to accomplish that had scoffed at your dreams and trashed your hopes. Bravo, Jim Fisher, for this great service to your fellow writers." Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams and Shadowbrook

"A unique book and an in-depth look into the psychology of a con-artist's mind. Any writer seeking a literary agent should read this before signing (much less paying any money!)" Ann Crispin, author of Sarek and Enter the Wolves

"...a fascinating account of a story worth telling." Stephen K. Donovan, Journal of Scholarly Publishing

"I read this book,and it was an eye-opening, jaw-dropping experience." Jaye Roycraft, romance novelist

"...an in-depth look at one particular scammer who's been brought to justice. This is a riveting tale...." J. Glatzer, author and scam-hunter

"A potpourri of tight investigative reporting, police procedural, hard-luck tale and psychological criminal profile.... One of the best, most original and most entertaining true-crime books to appear in a long time." Jill Elaine Hughes, The Missouri Review

"Fisher brings this criminal clan to life deftly, delving into their delusional psychologies...." Dan Morey, Erie Times-News

"This engrossing book tells the story of the Byzantine con game run by the Deerings and their relatives, and sheds light on why writers get caught up in literary scams." Victoria Strauss, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Association

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Bookslut interview with Jim Fisher

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Crimson Stain

Mass Market Paperback: 354 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 6.78 x 4.20
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
May 2000
ISBN: 0425174336
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The story of an Amish man who brutally murders his wife while his children look on. A first-of-a-kind book about a first-of-a-kind crime. Initially published in May of 2000, the book is in its fourth mass market paperback printing. To find out more about this case visit the Amish Murder section of the web site.

Selected review excerpts:

". . .a fascinating, heart-wrenching and sobering account of an untreated mental illness and its effects on a community that co-exists with modern society but is separate from it." Harrisburg Patriot-News

"Fisher writes in a clear, highly readable style." Erie Daily Times

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Phoenix Book Reviews

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Ghosts of Hopewell
Edgar Award Nominee!

Hardcover: 224 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.34 x 6.37
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Trd)
Illustrated edition November 1999
ISBN: 0809322854
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Fisher establishes, through analysis and new evidence, that the right man was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Along the way he debunks conspiracy theories and exposes the junk history and hack writing that over the years has plagues the history of the case. The book, published in 1999, is in its second hard back printing. It was nominated for a 2000 Edgar Allen Poe Award in the best fact crime category. To find out more about this case visit the Lindbergh Case section of the web site.

Selected review excerpts:

"This latest addition to the post-Lindbergh flood stands as an entertaining, readable, and comprehensive summation of a dark event. . . ." Kirkus Review

"Fisher writes simply, clearly, and with conviction. . . ." Amazon.com

"Fisher's book provides straightforward coverage of a perennially interesting subject." Library Journal

". . .Fisher has driven the final nail into the coffin of the Lindbergh revisionists." Rapport

"Fisher's approach is clear-eyed and compelling." Booklist

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Journal of Forensic Sciences

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Fall Guys
Edgar Award Nominee!


Paperback: 284 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 8.94 x 5.76
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Trd)
September 1998
ISBN: 0809321033

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Hardcover: 352 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.06 x 9.53 x 6.44
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Trd)
December 1996
ISBN: 080932069X

Fisher investigates two old murder cases and in the process exonerates two men who, as children, falsely confessed to vicious killings. One of the men was granted a full pardon by the governor of Pennsylvania. Published in 1996 in hard back, it is now available in trade paper. Fall Guys was nominated for a 1997 Edgar Allen Poe Award in the best fact crime category. To find out more about this case visit the False Confessions section of the web site.

Selected review excerpts:

"Fisher is both an excellent investigator and a smart writer, capably combining the details of his research with a vivid recreation of the past." Publisher's Weekly

"It's a mind-bobbling story, well told. . . ." Amazon.com

"Fisher's righting of two terrible wrongs is a remarkable act of generosity; and his narrative of those events is haunting and worthwhile." Kirkus Review

"This is fascinating reading. . . ." Rapport

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Publishers Weekly
Rain Taxi Review of Books

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The Lindbergh Case


Paperback: 480 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.24 x 9.00 x 6.05
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Reprint edition September 1994
ISBN: 0813521475
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The definitive, narrative account of the crime of the Twentieth Century. First published in hard cover in 1987, it's in its third paperback printing. To find out more about this case visit the Lindbergh Case section of the web site.

Selected review excerpts:

"Mr. Fisher has written the definitive book. . . ." National Review

"A riveting book. . . ." Trenton Times

". . . Fisher thoroughly covers the crime. . . ." Publisher's Weekly

"It is balanced, impartial, and contains much material not to be found elsewhere." The New York Review of Books

"Fisher goes only where the facts take him. . . ." USA Today

"One cannot help getting caught up first in the search for the child, then in the search for justice." The New York Times Book Review

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Security for Business and Industry


Publisher: Prentice Hall; (March 1979)
ASIN: 0137989679
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Security for Business and Industry skillfully combines the practical with the theoretical. It examines the nature of crime, criminals, and selected criminal offenses; disasters, such as fire and other threats to personal health and safety; major security concerns; and the techniques, sophisticated hardware, and personnel utilized to reduce or eliminate security problems.

The many case studies, illustrations, and fact situations presented throughout the text demonstrate key points and major concepts, make learning as interesting, meaningful, and comprehensible as possible.

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A. James Fisher
Dept. of Political Science & Criminal Justice, 146 Hendricks Hall
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444
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