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How to Write a Mystery Novel: Behind the Scenes: the Creation of a Crime Series Paperback – January 25, 2010
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About the Author
Gene Grossman worked his way through high school, college and law school as a shoe salesman, welder, process server, bail bondsman, tire changer, saloon piano player and 'extra,' appearing in seven motion pictures. He then spent 20 years as a trial lawyer, during which time he served as Dean of a small local law school and taught several classes. The film and video company he started while working in the motion picture industry produced over fifty special interest DVD titles on everything from boating to bankruptcy. Now retired from the practice of law, Gene spends his time writing aboard his yacht in Marina del Rey, California, where he is now working on book #15 in the Peter Sharp Mystery Series, All of the Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries are sold by Amazon.com's CreateSpace, including "The Magician's Legacy," considered to be one of the best 'locked-room' mysteries of this century. Number 14 in the series, "Murder Under Way" is a 'locked-boat' mystery, and if you like trying to solve crimes, you'll be hard pressed to outdo little Suzi, Peter's 12-year-old computer genius legal ward.
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I read the first 40% of this book in 20 minutes & wish I could get that time back.
At the very beginning of the book, the author says something like, 'this book is not an advertisement for Amazon.com.' He's right - it's an advertisement for his books, which I'm not going to name here for free since I've already spent too much on his ads by buying this book.
The author does not give any information on how to write a book. He describes all his characters; explains how he named them; tells you to use Google, Yahoo & Bing for research; talks about his friends & how they like his books; refers woulld-be writers to 2 grammar books (Strunk; Truss) & wastes a full page on PICTURES of the covers of those 2 grammar books & a few more pages on excerpts from those books. As far as I'm concerned, a good rule of thumb is 'if you don't have anything to say that contributes to the topic, feel free to NOT SAY IT', especially if it takes you 100+ pages & costs $10...