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Strictly Murder!: A Writer's Guide to Criminal Homicide

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Provides crime writers with essential information on all aspects of murder and its investigation and prosecution, including motives, methods, types, criminal profiles, police investigative tools and procedures, medical examiner and crime lab tools and procedures, criminal court procedures, definitions of commonly used police terminology, and more.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Siles Press
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Catten
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it really liked it
This book's entire title is Strictly Murder! A Writer's Guide to Criminal Homicide. Ok, so maybe you aren't a writer. But you read crime books, right?

My friend the Lieutenant tells me that he detests Patricia Cornwell's books. "No M.E.," he says, "could possibly know the things that she does." Indeed. And while I agree with him, I'm still intrigued by every Cornwell book I pick up - because I learn something. Maybe I'll never need to match a torso to a head... but now I have an idea of how it's
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Larissa
Jan 29, 2011 Larissa rated it did not like it
No equivocating--this is a terrible book. I have been collecting a number of mystery novel how-to guides and amateur forensics manuals for a writing project and this is--by far--the worst one I have come across yet. Written by an illustrious television series writer who counts Hawaii Five-O and Ellery Queen among his credits, this manual takes a quick and vague approach to outlining information that one might conceivably use when writing a crime novel or Law and Order-style TV episode. Rather th ...more
Amalie Berlin
Sep 10, 2016 Amalie Berlin rated it did not like it
I think I may have learned one tiny thing.

Granted, the book is old, but I refuse to accept that it was ever good or informative. Even though I held out, hoping to eventually reach a helpful section until only 15 pgs from the end, don't Netflix the idea that it was worth reading if I got that far. It's more that I'm A) Far too optimistic about some things, B) Obviously delusional...
Susan Braithwaite
May 21, 2013 Susan Braithwaite rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be invaluable to me as a crime/romantic suspense writer. The level of detail contained within its pages sometimes shocked me - photographs of murder victims. The murder book - case file - included gave great insight to how these cases are investigated. The book includes information on forensics, the courtroom, police terminology, tools of the trade and a whole lot more. If you're a writer wanting a more indepth look at how a murder is investigated, or you are just curious, ...more
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