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The Hunt for the Engineer: The Inside Story of How Israel's Counterterrorist Forces Tracked and Killed The Hamas Master Bomber, Katz, Samuel M
1 Katz, Samuel M The Hunt for the Engineer: The Inside Story of How Israel's Counterterrorist Forces Tracked and Killed The Hamas Master Bomber
The Lyons Press 2002 softcover used 306 pages, 6 inches by 9 inches tall 
from the cover: "His real name was Yehiya Ayyash, but he was known to the world as "The Engineer". During a twenty-four-month campaign of terror, beginning on April 6, 1994, he killed 130 Israelis and wounded nearly 500. His first car bomb, detonated by a suicide bomber, killed eight and wounded thirty people; a week later a man devastated a crowded bus with 50 pounds of explosives strapped to his body. More bombings, all masterminded by the Engineer, followed with horrible regularity. As the carnage in the streets of Israeli cities mounted, the Engineer became the most wanted man in modern Israeli history.

The result was one of the largest manhunts in history. The search involved Britain's M15, the Royal Jordanian Special Forces, the FBI, and the New York City Police Department. In charge of catching Ayyash was the Shin Bet, the most elite of Israel's secret services.

Here, author Katz reveals for the firts time how the Shin Bet conducted its mission against the elusive genius. Truly an expert in disguise, Ayyash on one occasion escaped detection dressed as an old Arab woman and on another as an Orthodox Jewish student.

As the search wore on, and the killings continued, Ayyash became revered amount Palestinians, more than 100,000 of whom turned out for his funeral.

The Hunt For the Engineer is a real-life thriller that provides a rare look behind the scenes of Israel's secretive security apparatus and how it operates within the stark context of life and death in the Holy Land, where bombs are once again shaping the political landscape."

Condition: Book is in good condition, the pages are crisp and clean. Page block has yellow remainder mark on bottom edge. Cover has rubbing wear, creases, and wear to the edges and corners. 
Price: 6.60 USD

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Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes, Lee, Dr. Henry C.
2 Lee, Dr. Henry C. Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes
Prometheus Books 2004 1591021995 / 9781591021995 hardcover with dust jacket used 313 pages 
From the dust jacket: "Truly a legend in his own time, Dr. Henry C. Lee is considered by many to be the greatest forensic criminalist in the world. He has gained wide-spread public recognition through his involvement in many high-profile cases, including the infamous O. J. Simpson trial. His readers just can't get enough. Devotees of crime scene investigations were so keen on Cracking Cases that their desire for more crime scene analyses has prompted Dr. Lee to share more of his experiences. In Cracking More Cases, Dr. Lee describes in intimate detail his work personally investigating five intriguing homicide cases. Readers will feel as though they are working alongside Dr. Lee through his entire investigative process as he presents his thoughts on two well-known and three lesser-known cases.

The Skakel- Moxley case - which seized the headlines because it involved the nephews of Ethel Kennedy and the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy - had remained unsolved for three decades, that is until Dr. Lee investigated the case. In the fall of 1975, the partially clad body of fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley was found by a neighbor near the home of Rushton Skakel, the older brother of Ethel Kennedy. The night before, Martha had visited Skakel's teenage sons at their house while their father was away on a hunting trip. At 10 PM Martha reportedly left the Skakel residence to return to her own house, two hundred yards away. She never made it home.

For twenty-four years no one was prosecuted. Finally, in 1999, Dr. Lee and two other professionals were appointed to a special task force charged with reviewing all of the evidence and reinvestigating the case. In May of 2002, the case finally came to trial and Dr. Lee testified before the jury. Dr. Lee's testimony focused on a reconstruction of the crime scene and "indirect forensic evidence." The ultimate verdict surprised many experienced courtroom observers.

The murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996 creates to this day a frenzy of media speculation, partly because local Colorado authorities bungled the initial handling of the evidence. Two months after the discovery of the little girl's body, Dr. Lee was asked to help with the inquiry. He provides a particularly extensive discussion of the complexities of this provocative case.

Dr. Lee also describes his investigation of three other engrossing murder cases - Concetta "Penny" Serra, Lisa Peng, and Suzan Barratt - each having dramtic twists and turns and many stunning surprises. He presents in scientific detail how he investigated the deaths, analyzed the evidence, and used techniques that have played a critical role in bringing many criminals to justice.

This page-turner by a world-renowned expert offers a fascinating insider's look into the prusuit of truth and justice in some of the most notorious and troubling criminal cases of recent times."

Condition: Pages are clean. Dust jacket has rubbed hole on back outward edge. Also rubbed into the back cover in the same spot with the board showing through. 
Price: 5.50 USD

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