""...a valuable research tool... " "
The subtitle of the book is 'An A-Z Readers' and Writers' Guide to Detective Work Past and Present'. Anyone with an interest in crime fiction will find it a fascinating and rewarding look at how real-life detectives in England investigate crimes, from murder and drug peddling to computer scams and court procedure. The authors are Stephen Wade, crime historian and crime fiction writer, and Stuart Gibbon, a retired detective chief inspector and now a consultant who advises writers on police procedure and action for TV series and books. The entries are laid out in a logical, alphabetical fashion, and most have, as an added bonus - short entries on how particular procedures were used in real investigations. There are also entries on the history of detection, and the advances made in crime-solving over the years.