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Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

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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 ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Linden Publishing
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James Thane
Oct 17, 2011 James Thane rated it it was amazing
One of the challenges that confronts anyone attempting to write crime fiction is the daunting task of trying to get the legal details right. Whether writing about a criminal trial or attempting to portray correctly the legalities of investigation and arrest procedures, a writer's job is made enormously more complicated by the myriad of overlapping and sometimes conflicting national, state and local legal jurisdictions, laws and practices.

Given that, Leslie Budewitz has done a great service to wr
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Warren Bull
Jul 16, 2012 Warren Bull rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Although I found no disclosure requirement in the law, I wouldn’t want you to dismiss this review with prejudice or to feel that I was negligent, so in the interest of full disclosure I admit that I had high hopes for Books, Crooks and Counselors by mystery writer and attorney at law Leslie Budewitz even before I read it. Still I allege this review is as much pro bono as pro se.

Books, Crooks and Counselors won the 2011 Agatha Award for the best non-fiction award of the year. It is a 2012 Anthon
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Sandie
Jun 12, 2013 Sandie rated it it was amazing
Books, Crooks And Counselors is a book written as an aid for writers whose books are about crimes. It explains the various topics that such writers encounter, and gives enough background and answers that the reader will not be put off while reading due to items or plot devices that are implausible.

The book is organized into twelve chapters, each of which covers various legal topics in an area of law. The chapters are Trial and Error, Legal Issues In Criminal Investigation, Crime, ...And Punish
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D.d.
Jul 17, 2013 D.d. rated it it was amazing
If you write books that include anything to do with the law and courtroom procedures, you need this book.

Written by an lawyer and writer, this book is the first one I grab off my bookcase when I'm writing anything that includes legal procedures. Clear, concise information that will add a air of authenticity to your crime novel.
Betty Kuffel
Dec 12, 2013 Betty Kuffel rated it it was amazing
Written by a lawyer and good storyteller, this is a perfect book to buy as a reference. If you are a novelist or need to know how to accurately document courtroom procedure, you will likely find it here. The information is presented clearly and many common legal questions related to law, murder and mayhem are answered. I highly recommend this book.
T.M. Carper
Dec 04, 2014 T.M. Carper rated it it was amazing
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Very useful and I love the Q and A format of the book making it easy for those without law school to understand. A really helpful book if you plan to use a court or legal proceedings or even punishments in any part of their writing.
Chris Norbury
Mar 04, 2016 Chris Norbury rated it really liked it
Deserves a place in every fiction writer's reference library. Excellent basic information about the law, lawyers, crime and punishment, judges, court proceedings, you name it.

An extra bonus is the tips the author gives along the way for ways to incorporate legal situations into a story to make the plot more compelling and tension-filled, or to help develop a character who is a lawyer, judge, or even an individual accused of a crime or contemplating committing a crime.

A third excellent part are t
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Alison Clifford
Mar 14, 2016 Alison Clifford rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for writers needing guidance with writing stories with criminal law aspects. It's easy to understand, and has great tips.
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