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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610350197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610350198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Thorough, well-organized, and authoritative, this excellent reference also has touches of humor."" --""""Mystery Scene"""" (June 2012)

About the Author

Leslie Budewitz is a practicing lawyer with more than 25 years of civil and criminal experience. Her short fiction has been featured in ""Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine,"" ""Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,"" ""Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology,"" ""Thug Lit,"" and the ""Whitefish Review,"" and her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies ""Comfort for Cat Lovers"" and ""Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers, Vol. II."" She lives in Bigfork, Montana.

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Every writer must have this book.
Olga Oliver
I thought I knew my way around 'the law' but a quick perusal, and then more thorough read, let me know the author knows her stuff!
Laron D. Shannon
The chapters and sections are well thought out and the index makes it easy to go to the part you need.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Sandoval on September 21, 2011
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A definite must have for writers.

This is an excellent legal resource for writers. The chapters and sections are well thought out and the index makes it easy to go to the part you need. This is less a 'beginning to end read' (although you can do that if you want), but more of a 'I want to know this now'.

It's also a great general overview for any one interested in understanding the legal system and the law. Or for when one encounters legal references and procedures or other aspects of the legal system or the law in newspaper articles, radio or television news, shows or movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Roni Burmeister on April 25, 2012
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This is a definite "must have" for mystery fans and writers that are looking for an easy to understand and thorough reference handbook for their personal libraries. Well written, easy to understand, and a great read for any mystery/crime novel fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terri on April 25, 2012
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Writers all have books that they use for research and as a resource. This one's a definite keeper for your collection. Easy to follow with enough details to make it very useful. Don't pass this one by!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Citizen625 on January 31, 2012
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In addition to being a valuable aid for authors, this timely and well-paced book is an excellent text for Criminal Justice or Legal Studies students. The example cases used throughout the book clarify legal proceedings so that introductory students and anyone interested in a better understanding of legal procedure is well served by purchasing this inexpensive book. The example cases are interesting to read about, since we've heard about many of them, though we may be unfamiliar with their legal machinations and conclusions. Entertaining and informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James L. Thane on October 3, 2011
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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 writers--and to crime fiction readers who would like to better understand these complex issues--with her new book, Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure. Budewitz, who is herself a published mystery writer as well as a practicing attorney, carefully walks the reader through the basics of the judicial system in the U.S. and then describes what occurs before a criminal trial. Using a variety of examples to demonstrate the points she makes, she discusses the rules of evidence, the role of witnesses, the required burden of proof and the appeals process.

She moves on to treat a number of legal issues that arise during the course of a criminal investigation, lays out the distinctions between various levels of crime and discusses the various punishments a court might mete out, including the death penalty. Budewitz then discusses the role of the civil courts and advises writers on the matters of thinking like a lawyer and like a judge. Given that the law and judicial procedures are constantly evolving, she closes with a very useful chapter on research and references.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LitTeacher on September 30, 2011
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I've enjoyed several of Leslie Budewitz's short stories, and she brings the same smooth readable style to a subject that could have become deadly in the wrong hands. Fortunately, she combines expertise with humor and a light touch, so this book is going to stay on my reference shelf for the literary equivalent of a life sentence.

A practicing lawyer, Budewitz explains the various facets of law (criminal matters, civil matters, documents, and adoption, marriage) with clear examples and in small, digestible bites. She organizes the discussion as a series of questions and answers so the whole book becomes a sequential FAQ, with everything easy to find because of the logical format and the best index I've seen since David McCullough.

In addition to examples and readable anecdotes, Budewitz peppers her discussion with tips about laws or procedures that can lead to interesting plot complications or deeper character development. Her book is less Law for Dummies than Law for Crime Writers, and dozens of her tips could become stories all by themselves.

In a final nod to practicality, the book closes with six pages of Internet links. These connect to law sites throughout the United States so the user can update her material or tailor it to specific states or counties where the terminology (or statutes) may be different or change often. It's a great way to make sure her advice--some examples are less than a year old--will be timely and accurate later and you won't have to go out and buy the new revised edition every two or three years. Smart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. BULL on July 16, 2012
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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 Anthony and Macavity Nominee. I considered those "solid clues" whether or not a court would accept them as evidence. But after reading the book, I can recommend it ipso facto. The author covered a wide range of legal procedures and definitions. In the process she included examples of the concepts discussed which kept things interesting. For real fun you can watch the latest movie of the week legal thriller while thumbing through the book and counting up the mistakes.

Of if you are a writer you can check your work before you get embarrassed.
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