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Agatha Award

Law And Fiction

IN THE August 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Leslie Budewitz



As a mystery-writing lawyer, I’ve been fielding other writers’ questions about the law for years. Now I’m thrilled to share some of my knowledge in Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books, 2011). The book is aimed at the writer–of novels, stories, screenplays, and more–who recognizes that a legal thread runs through the fictional world, and that getting key details wrong can unravel the entire plot.

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by Terrell Byrd



I started flipping through this book at the Laundromat. There are a lot of fascinating topics laid out in a question and answer format. I started reading the situations aloud to a friend and then Ms. Budewitz’s answer. By the time our clothes were fluffed and folded, everyone in the place was listening and trying to solve the problems presented. One of the best discussions was over the excerpt below…

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