The Criminal Investigative Function ~ 2nd Edition


March 15, 2013 by msashtonwriter

2nd Ed Cover smallWith the release of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators – 2nd Edition and his retirement from the force, Joe Giacalone is enjoying what it feels like to be a best selling author.

Not only has his textbook been chosen as required reading by the New Jersey Civil Service Commision, but he has been approached for interviews and consulted on numerous cases regarding criminal investigations and missing persons.

I’ve read the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second edition. This a good tool for new investigators to use; it is also a helpful resource book for us crime and mystery writers.

P.S. A little birdie told me that he’s currently working on his next book. 🙂

About the Book The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, is a candid, real-world look at  investigations, from the crime scene to the courtroom, shared by an ACTUAL investigator. No ivory tower theory. Just the real deal!

The text  has been expanded and completely revised with photos and illustrations!

A  seasoned investigator taps his years of street experience to teach you the:    

• Core qualities that make for a great investigator.

• Important legalities that impact investigations.

• Crime scene protocols that must be followed.

• New DNA  and Forensic Techniques.

• Best follow-up investigation strategies.

• Aspects of Interview and Interrogation.

• Keys to  dealing with eyewitnesses.

• Investigative Report Writing.

• Steps in Solving Major Crimes and Missing Persons cases.

Each  chapter includes summary questions for discussion and review.


Looseleaf Law Publications, Inc.

43-08 162nd St

Flushing, NY  11358


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About the  Author / Law Enforcement Trainer / Media Consultant

Joseph L. Giacalone is a retired Detective Sergeant with an extensive background in criminal investigations. He has held many prestigious positions, but his favorite was the Commanding Officer of a Cold Case Homicide Squad. Joe has personally worked on hundreds of murders, suicides and missing person cases throughout his career and is always willing to share his knowledge and experiences with others.

He obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. He has been an Adjunct Professor at John Jay since January of 2006.

In his spare time, he writes his own criminal investigation Blog,

You can follow Joe and the Cold Case Squad on Twitter: @ColdCaseSquad and @JoeGiacalone or through his website

The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New
Investigators on Amazon – 1st Edition

See below for other posts related to this article:

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A Quick Guide to Miranda for Crime Writers Part 2

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Guest Blogger Joe Giacalone: Can My Character Do That?

One thought on “The Criminal Investigative Function ~ 2nd Edition

  1. Love your site. I write romantic suspense–heavy on the suspense–and read a lot of true crime. This is very interesting.

    I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect.

    (Amber Lea Easton, aka Moxie Girl & MtnMoxieChic, from Kisses, Caresses & Whispers in the Night and Moxie Girl Musings) Good to see you! Looking forward to your posts.

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