Ken Goddard was a deputy sheriff/criminalist
with the Riverside (CA) Sheriff's office (1968-69); a deputy sheriff/criminalist
with the San Bernardino (CA) Sheriff's office (1969-72); Scientific Investigation
Bureau (civilian) Supervisor and Chief Criminalist for the Huntington Beach PD (1972-79);
Forensic Science Branch Chief (civilian) and 'tech agent' (carried a badge and gun for self-protection at remote scenes,
but did not have arrest authority) for the US Fish & Wildlife Service (1979-86); and National Fish & Wildlife Forensics
Lab director (civilian)(1986 to present).
Ken Goddard has written and published
two non-fiction books: Crime Scene Investigation and Weaponless Control. Additionally, he has written eight fiction thrillers:
Balefire, The Alchemist, Digger/Cheater, Prey, Wildfire, Double Blind, First Evidence
and Outer Perimeter
Currently, he is writing a third book in the First Evidence series for Bantam, and has been
hired by Pocket Books to take over a series of fiction novels based on the TV series CSI written by Max Collins.