Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation

A Guide for Writers

Author: Lee Lofland

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582974552

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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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!

Howdunit Forensics

Author: D P Lyle

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582974743

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Just because you don't have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner doesn't mean you can't learn your way around a crime scene. In Forensics, award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P. Lyle, M.D., takes each area of forensics—from fingerprint analysis to crime scene reconstruction—and discusses its development, how the science works, how it helps in crime solving, and how you as a writer might use this technique in crafting your plot. This comprehensive reference guide includes: Real-life case files and the role forensic evidence played in solving the crimes A breakdown of the forensics system from its history and organization to standard evidence classification and collection methods Detailed information on what a dead body can reveal—including the cause, mechanism, and manner of death The actual steps taken to preserve a crime scene and the evidence that can be gathered there, such as bloodstains, documents, fingerprints, tire impressions, and more Forensics is the ultimate resource for learning how to accurately imbue your stories with authentic details of untimely demises.

Police Procedural

A Writer's Guide to the Police and how They Work

Author: Russell L. Bintliff

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898795967

Category: Reference

Page: 261

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Offers mystery writers information about police administration, the structure of a detective division, the rules of evidence, the investigation of crimes, arrest procedures, interrogation, and the courts

Books, Crooks and Counselors

How to Write Accurately about Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

Author: Leslie Budewitz

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610351215

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Addressing the misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the law in today's writing, this reliable guidebook demonstrates how to use legal concepts, terminology, and procedure to create fiction that is true to life and crackling with real-world tension. Examples from actual cases are provided along with excerpts of authentic courtroom dialogue. Topics covered include criminal and civil law; differences between federal, state, and Native American jurisdiction; police and private investigation; wills and inheritances; and the written and unwritten codes that govern the public and private conduct of lawyers and judges. Providing a quick and simple legal reference, this handbook is the key to creating innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, and gritty realism.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques

Author: Greg Fallis

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898798234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

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With practical information and extensive detail, former PI Fallis uses real-life scenarios to show writers how investigative professionals gather evidence, interview witnesses, determine motives and find the answers they seek.'

Making Crime Pay

The Writer's Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure

Author: Andrea Campbell

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621531988

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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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 Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure

Author: Michael O'Byrne

Publisher: Robert Hale

ISBN: 9780719816628

Category: Criminal investigation

Page: 176

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This new, fully updated edition of The Crime Writer’s Guide to Police Practice and Procedure is the essential detective in your pocket – something to reach for when your writing needs that short, sharp shock of modern-day investigating. Every writer has paused at some key point in the development of their story to wonder what happens in real life. How would the murder in my story be investigated by the police? How far can I go without leaving holes in the plot? Can I use low count DNA to identify the killer? How does a cop react to a bloated body or, even worse, just part of one? Written with answers to these questions in mind, this is the essential guide to police procedures and practice written specifically for writers. A handy reference book to dip into, or a textbook to guide you from the outset while you are still developing your plot, this second edition of The Crime Writer’s Guide to Police Practice and Procedure will leave you confident that you have covered all angles of your thriller. It would be a crime not to read it!

Cause of Death

A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine

Author: Keith D. Wilson

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898795240

Category: Reference

Page: 207

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Part of the Howdunit series. Provides essential details about homicide and forensic medicine that writers need to create a credible murder story.

Modus Operandi

A Writer's Guide to how Criminals Work

Author: Mauro V. Corvasce,Joseph R. Paglino

Publisher: Betterway Books

ISBN: 9780898796490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 217

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Offers writers information on how killers, armed robbers, arsonists, white collar criminals, and con men operate, and describes how these criminals are caught

Forensic Speak

How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas

Author: Jennifer Dornbush

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931316

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Crime shows rule the airwaves and there is a procedural drama out there for every personality and every writer. Born out of her experiences growing up around death investigation, Jennifer Dornbush unlocks the secrets of forensic science and gives writers direct access to hundreds of ways to make their crime writing more authentic.--From publisher description.

Security Clearance Manual

How to Reduce the Time It Takes to Get Your Government Clearance

Author: William H. Henderson

Publisher: Last Post Publishing

ISBN: 0979346606

Category: Reference

Page: 152

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Security Clearance Manual is an indispensable guide for security clearance applicants, personnel security specialists and military recruiters. It provides detailed explanations of the investigative and adjudicative processes with step by step instructions for completing the security application form, tips on mitigating suitability issues and numerous case examples.

Cry of the Tiger

The Amazing True Story of Tony Anthony, a Kung Fu World Champion

Author: Angela Little

Publisher: Authentic Media Inc

ISBN: 1850789053

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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A children's version of award-winning bestseller Taming the Tiger, suitable for children aged 9 - 11. Tony's extraordinary upbringing is only the beginning. He goes on to experience adventure and danger as a bodyguard to some of the world's most powerful men. Life is exciting - until everything seems to go wrong. Stuck inside a rat-infested prison, Tony wonders if life's still worth living. Until a stranger comes to visit him.

The Everything Private Investigation Book

Master the techniques of the pros to examine evidence, trace down people, and discover the truth

Author: Sheila L Stephens

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440524424

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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Observe someone without being observed. Dig up long-buried dirt. Catch a cheating spouse. The Everything Private Investigation Book shows you the basic research techniques and tricks the pros use. You'll learn how to get background information using a wide range of sources, including newspapers, court records, military files, and even the DMV. Written by experienced investigators, this guide helps you to: Use the Internet to get information on anyone and anything Conduct background checks for prospective employees or tenants Uncover hidden identities and assets Manage a physical or electronic surveillance Protect privacy and avoid identity theft Whether you're a journalist, an amateur genealogist, a business owner, a landlord, or just curious, you'll find essential information in this guide. In addition to being a valuable resource, The Everything Private Investigation Book is also a fascinating read. Even "armchair detectives" will enjoy reading about famous real-life and fictional PIs and the little-known secrets professionals use to crack the case. Sheila L. Stephens was the first female Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) special agent in the state of Alabama and one of the first in the nation. She recently graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in criminal justice. After leaving the ATF due to injury, Ms. Stephens opened a private investigation/security business. She is a criminal justice professor at Andrew Jackson University and a contributing writer and associate editor of The Agent, the newsletter of the National Association of Federal Agents (NAFA). Ms. Stephens lives in Bessemer, AL.

Writers Workshop of Horror

Author: Michael Knost

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982493915

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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Writers Workshop of Horror focuses solely on honing the craft of writing. It includes solid advice, from professionals of every publishing level, on how to improve one's writing skills. The volume edited by Michael Knost includes contributions by a dream-team of nationally known authors and storytellers, many Bram Stoker Award winners. Contributors to this work include: Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Ramsey Campbell, Thomas F. Monteleone, Deborah LeBlanc, Gary A. Braunbeck, Brian Keene, Elizabeth Massie, Tom Piccirilli, Jonathan Maberry, Tim Waggoner, Mort Castle, G. Cameron Fuller, Rick Hautala, Scott Nicholson, Michael A. Arnzen, J.F. Gonzalez, Michael Laimo, Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Strand, Lisa Morton, Jack Haringa, Gary Frank, Jason Sizemore, Robert N. Lee, Tim Deal, Brian Yount, Brian J. Hatcher, and others. Here is what certain industry publications have already said about this exceptional project: A veritable treasure trove of information for aspiring writers straight from the mouths of today's top horror scribes! Rue Morgue Magazine. Packing more knowledge and sound advice than four years worth of college courses . . . It s focused on the root of your evil, the writing itself. Fangoria Magazine.

The Writer's Guide to Psychology

How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

Author: Carolyn Kaufman

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610350154

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

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An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Forensics, 2E

Author: Alan Axelrod, PhD,Guy Antinozzi, J.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 143629553X

Category: Law

Page: 368

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Get a clue about the most vital components of criminal investigation. This new edition offers the most up-do-date scientific investigation methods used by today's law enforcement agencies, including criminal profiling, lie detector technology, and DNA analyses, with an emphasis on forensic pathology, anthropology, and psychology. -Guy Antinozzi is a veteran police officer and detective who teaches in the field -Focuses on the use of forensics in criminal investigations instead of academic and theoretical criminology

Crime Scene

The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science

Author: Richard Platt

Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: 9780756618964

Category: Law

Page: 144

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Shows how the latest methods of scientific detection are used to uncover the truth about a crime scene, and to reveal how crimes were committed, explaining the techniques and equipment used by forensic investigators.

Weapons for Writers

A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction

Author: Benjamin Sobieck

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638157

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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When it comes to writing weapons, most authors shoot from the hip--and miss. The Writer's Guide to Weapons will help you hit your target every time. Firearms and knives have starring roles in a wide range of genres--crime, thriller, war, mystery, Western, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of weapons in novels and film are pure fiction. Knowing the difference between a shotshell and a slug, a pistol and a revolver, or a switchblade and a butterfly knife is essential for imbuing your story with authenticity--and gaining popularity with discerning readers. Inside you'll find: An in-depth look at the basics of firearms and knives: how they work, why they work, what they look like, and how to depict them accurately in your stories. The biggest weapons myths in fiction, TV, and film. A surefire guide for choosing the correct weapon for your characters, no matter their skill level, strength, or background. A review of major gun and knife laws, weapons safety tips,and common police tactics. "The Hit List," showcasing the most popular weapons for spies, detectives, gunslingers, gangsters, military characters, and more. Examples highlighting inaccurate vs. accurate weapons depictions. An insightful foreword by David Morrell, the award-winning creator of Rambo. Equal parts accessible, humorous, and practical, The Writer's Guide to Weapons is the one resource you need to incorporate firearms and knives into your fiction like a seasoned professional.