The Writer s Complete Crime Reference Book

  • Filename: the-writer-s-complete-crime-reference-book.
  • ISBN: UCSC:32106009987121
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 287
  • Author: Martin Roth
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

A guide for writers provides facts and a resource list for nearly every aspect of crime

Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation

  • Filename: howdunit-book-of-police-procedure-and-investigation.
  • ISBN: 1582976929
  • Release Date: 2007-07-25
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Lee Lofland
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. Police Procedure & Investigation helps you get your facts straight about the inner workings of law enforcement. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can benefit from his years of experience with Police Procedure & Investigation. This comprehensive resource includes: More than 80 photographs, illustrations, and charts showing everything from defensive moves used by officers to prison cells and autopsies Detailed information on officer training, tools of the trade, drug busts, con air procedures, crime scene investigation techniques, and more First-person details from the author about his experiences as a detective, including accounts of arrests, death penalty executions, and criminal encounters Police Procedure & Investigation is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to your book!

The Crime Writer s Reference Guide

  • Filename: the-crime-writer-s-reference-guide.
  • ISBN: 0941188493
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Martin Roth
  • Publisher:

Offers tips and techniques for making crime stories realistic, including the fundamentals of investigation, criminal motives, weapons, escape methods, legal terminology, and slang terms.

HowDunit The Book of Poisons

  • Filename: howdunit-the-book-of-poisons.
  • ISBN: IND:30000060350455
  • Release Date: 2007-01-09
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Serita Stevens
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Discover Deadly Doses to Kill Off Characters The readers of your crime and mystery stories should be trying to figure out "whodunit"—not wondering why your facts don't make sense. If you want to kill off characters with something poisonous, you need to know how a villain would gain access to such a poison, how it would be administered, and what the effects on the victim would be. Book of Poisons can help you figure out all of the details of proper poisoning. This thorough guide catalogs the classic poisons, household poisons, poisonous animals and plants, poisons used in wars, and more. With information on toxicity, reaction time, effects and symptoms, and antidotes and treatments, you'll know exactly what your villain needs to succeed and exactly what could foil his plans. You'll also find: information about how real toxicologists uncover poisoning crimes a history of famous poisoners advice on how you can create your own fictional poison case histories that give examples of when the poisons listed were used in literature, movies, and real life With alphabetical organization and appendices that cross-reference by symptoms, form, administration, and other methods, you'll be able to find the perfect poisons to fit your plot. Plus, a glossary of medical terms makes decoding symptoms and treatments easy for the writer with no medical background. Book of Poisons is the comprehensive reference you need to create deaths by poison without stopping readers dead in their tracks over misguided facts.

Writing Mysteries

  • Filename: writing-mysteries.
  • ISBN: 1582976481
  • Release Date: 2002-04-08
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Sue Grafton
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever! In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality. You'll learn how to: Develop unique ideas Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings Develop a writing style all your own Write convincing dialogue Choose the appropriate point of view Work with an agent Conduct accurate research and much, much more! You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!

Howdunit Forensics

  • Filename: howdunit-forensics.
  • ISBN: 9781582974743
  • Release Date: 2008-04-04
  • Number of pages: 438
  • Author: D P Lyle
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Provides a factual and practical introduction to forensics for writers and screenwriters, examining specific areas in crime scene analysis and reconstruction, crime lab research, and coroner examinations while also revealing various misconceptions commonly portrayed in films. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Foundations of Fiction

  • Filename: foundations-of-fiction.
  • ISBN: 9780595197910
  • Release Date: 2001-08-01
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Judith Simpson
  • Publisher: iUniverse

So, you want to write a novel? Your character is demanding to be let out of your head and be put down on paper! How do you write a story that sells? Writing good fiction is more than having a great story in your head. It is creating characters that live and breathe and plots that grip the reader. It is creating a setting that is real to your readers, dialogue that sparkles, and pacing that drives the story forward. It is action scenes that put the reader, sweaty palmed, in the middle of it all, and love scenes that melt the reader’s heart. You need to learn the art of crafting a story. How do you get your story published? Foundations of Fiction takes you step by step through the process of finding an agent or publisher, and creating a compelling synopsis. All writers serve an apprenticeship as they learn their craft, but learning by trial and error is frustrating and tedious. Foundations of Fiction covers all of the nitty-gritty techniques of fiction writing. This how-to book, written by an author who has been there and done that, is your foremost source for creating a story that sells!


  • Filename: legal-ease.
  • ISBN: 9780398088149
  • Release Date: 2012-11-01
  • Number of pages: 350
  • Author: Andrea Campbell
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

Legal Ease is a versatile book that addresses how laws evolve and change as if they were living, breathing entities that are a mirror reflecting societal change. This new third edition offers the reader an expansive and practical guide to the many aspects of law. Presented in three sections, the book explains the practice of law through all phases of the criminal justice system. Part One, Criminal Law Explained, offers a history of law, defines criminal conduct, and explains the tools attorneys use in their practice. Section Two, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, details the steps required to institute constitutional search, seizure, and arrest. It also provides a comprehensive description of the duties and responsibilities of prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and court personnel. Section Three, A Walk Through the Criminal Justice System, takes the reader step-by-step through the process of a trial, from jury selection to verdict and sentencing, and finally to the appeal process. Defendants’ rights are discussed as they navigate through the criminal justice system. The ideas and principles behind the country's constitutional amendments are explained, with many case examples offered to illustrate. Additional topics new to this edition address privacy rights, picketing at funerals, free speech/cruelty to animals, youthful offenders and sentencing, strip search of students, sexting, deportation and minor drug cases, DNA testing, warrantless search, medicare scams, and workforce retaliation, among others. The inclusion of “Key Words” and “Questions for Review and Discussion” sections at the end of each chapter will prove invaluable to instructors and students. This comprehensive volume continues to give groups who are new to the scene, as well as those who aren’t, an easy-to-read book of reference for all those nuances the law continues to press onto the legal system.

Investigative Interviewing

  • Filename: investigative-interviewing.
  • ISBN: 9781466590861
  • Release Date: 2014-07-14
  • Number of pages: 389
  • Author: Eugene F. Ferraro (CPP, SPHR)
  • Publisher: CRC Press

There are few skills more important to the modern fact finder than the ability to obtain information through effective interviewing. While most interviewing books are intended for law enforcement, they often present harsh and accusatory techniques that can be counterproductive in private sector investigations. Investigative Interviewing: Psychology, Method and Practice covers modern techniques for private sector investigative interviews. It outlines a highly structured and process-driven technique that takes a non-accusatory approach, uses no intimidation or coercion, and has been proven to achieve admission rates above 90 percent. This time-tested methodology is easy to learn and replicate and will help you to significantly diminish the likelihood of false confessions. Illustrates the process of investigation Identifies the differences between the public and private sectors Reviews the fundamentals of interviewing Covers the investigative interview method Explains how to overcome objections Considers legal challenges and litigation avoidance Sharing insights garnered over the author’s 30 years of experience in investigations and interviewing, the book includes case studies based on actual investigations that illustrate industry best practices. Although the text focuses on private sector investigations, the methods presented are also applicable in law enforcement settings. This book presents the tools and methods required to produce investigative results that are legal and admissible in court. It will help you develop the skills to ensure ethical interviewing practice while investigating a range of situations and protecting against those who intend to cause the organization harm.

Criminal Poisoning

  • Filename: criminal-poisoning.
  • ISBN: 9781592590230
  • Release Date: 2004-01-01
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: John Harris Trestrail
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

In this revised and expanded edition, leading forensic scientist John Trestrail offers a pioneering survey of all that is known about the use of poison as a weapon in murder. Topics range from the use of poisons in history and literature to convicting the poisoner in court, and include a review of the different types of poisons, techniques for crime scene investigation, and the critical essentials of the forensic autopsy. The author updates what is currently known about poisoners in general and their victims. The Appendix has been updated to include the more commonly used poisons, as well as the use of antifreeze as a poison.

Making Crime Pay

  • Filename: making-crime-pay.
  • ISBN: 9781621531982
  • Release Date: 2006-03-02
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Andrea Campbell
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Making Crime Pay is an invaluable reference to criminal law, evidence, and procedure and the potential it holds for breathtaking plots and dramatic storytelling. Readers will learn in detail how criminal law has evolved historically, discover the differences between crimes and how they are judged in the eyes of the law, and understand law's mechanisms and loopholes from the first thought of a crime to the offender's arrest and trial.

The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

  • Filename: the-oxford-companion-to-crime-and-mystery-writing.
  • ISBN: 0195072391
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 535
  • Author: Rosemary Herbert
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Entertaining and authoritative, this alphabetically arranged companion is an indispensable reference guide to crime and mystery writing. Unique in its biographical and critical treatment of major detective writers, it is a comprehensive digest to the gen

St James Place

  • Filename: st-james-place.
  • ISBN: 1469111322
  • Release Date: 2005-06-09
  • Number of pages: 290
  • Author: Patricia Riley Leyden
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

A WOMAN OF TODAY IS CALLED ON TO HELP A WOMAN OF THE PAST Have you ever walked down a street and tried to picture it in an earlier, simpler time? Have you ever imagined yourself actually living in the past? Elizabeth Charles, a New York social worker specializing in child abuse, is walking to her next case on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side when her eyes seem to betray her. A street sign changes its name, then back again: St. James Place. The phantom sign sticks in her head, and thus begins a journey through time and emotion that takes her back to the New York of the early 20th century where she confronts the issues of that day, which are strangely familiar to her: domestic violence, women’s rights, and the stubborn gulf between wealth and poverty. She encounters a woman who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 and Elizabeth is recruited to help this phantom from the past right a terrible injustice. St. James Place is a novel about the possibility of life after death, the existence of the spirit world, and how, at times, we are allowed to tap into both. A novel of suspense, romance, and history, St. James Place. appeals to readers fascinated by the mysteries of those who have gone before us. Set in old New York, present-day New York, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this is thriller about good versus evil in which a woman of today is called upon to help a woman from the past.

Selective Incapacitation and Public Policy

  • Filename: selective-incapacitation-and-public-policy.
  • ISBN: 9780791486412
  • Release Date: 2012-02-01
  • Number of pages: 236
  • Author: Kathleen Auerhahn
  • Publisher: SUNY Press

Using cutting-edge methodologies, this book evaluates California's measures to protect the public from dangerous criminals.

Cop Talk

  • Filename: cop-talk.
  • ISBN: 9780595133758
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 164
  • Author: Lewis J. Poteet
  • Publisher: iUniverse

The work of a father and son, this lively word-book presents the slang of law enforcement officers, including prison guards, customs officers, and street cops. It includes language gathered both from working and ex-cops and from printed sources. It evokes the life of this key speech group in an America in crisis--the pride and solidarity, the shame of corruption and brutality, the horror and the excitement of life on the front of the thin blue line. It is the sixth of Lewis Poteet's slang dictionaries, the others having come out of Nova Scotia's South Shore, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and the worlds of hockey, cars and motorcycles, and aviation. These words and definitions offer raw material for anyone interested in language and culture, and entertainment and enlightenment for anyone fascinated by the spectacle of this living busy world of law and outlaws. The main body of the book consists of words and phrases from police slang, followed by a personal account of Aaron's attraction to and formation in police work, a set of stories from Aaron's first employment in such work, an essay on Canadian, British, and American regional police cultures by Lewis, and a Poteet Cop Talk Quiz to test your knowledge of the slang.

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