Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases

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Let Amateur Detectives help you write an exciting chase. Here you'll find the information you need to keep your amateur-crime-solver novels and stories factually accurate, completely convincing. Open this book and investigate why high-tech policing hasn't run off the low-tech amateur; jobs that fit neatly with amateur sleuthing; intuition, gossip and other information-gathering methods; how to find out all about anyone; how the Internet can speed your sleuth to answers; how today's technological wonders can help ...
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Overview

Let Amateur Detectives help you write an exciting chase. Here you'll find the information you need to keep your amateur-crime-solver novels and stories factually accurate, completely convincing. Open this book and investigate why high-tech policing hasn't run off the low-tech amateur; jobs that fit neatly with amateur sleuthing; intuition, gossip and other information-gathering methods; how to find out all about anyone; how the Internet can speed your sleuth to answers; how today's technological wonders can help your detective; the law as it applies to amateur detectives; gun laws, state by state; citizens' arrest powers, state by state; the Freedom of Information Act; and how real amateurs solved real crimes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898797251
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Series: Howdunit Writing Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    Great Book

    This book is extremely good for the begginning writer. I highly recommend it! I haven't read the whole thing but the parts I read were good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Fairly good info

    When I first started reading Amateur Detectives, I felt that it needed much more than it offered, however as I kept reading the book kept getting better and better. As the book starts off, it talks about the history of amateur detectives, which is specifically geared towards detective novelists. I found it fascinating to learn where some very established writers got their inspiration. The biggest (and best) section of this book talks about state and federal weapon regulations. It talks about concealed fire arms as well. It was very interesting to read the different laws per state, and especially interesting to read about my own state. I really have learned a lot about the gun regulations. This section really makes up for the slow beginning of the book.

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