You can’t write a great mystery story if you don’t know the law. Editors may reject your story for even the smallest inaccuracies. You can create a diabolical victim — but is he really committing a crime? You can create an intrepid hero — but is she acting beyond her legal authority? Your murderer kills to win a sizeable inheritance — but do you really know how wills work? Your best story can be ruined by an elementary mistake in legal procedure.
Written by a lawyer who is also a mystery writer, Books, Crooks and Counselors is an easy-to-use writer’s reference to legal terminology, procedure, and concepts – and how to use credible legal situations to create fiction that is crackling with real-world tension and detail. Books, Crooks and Counselors is the winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, and is nominated for the 2012 Anthony and Macavity awards.
Using examples from actual cases, as well as from fiction, movies, and TV, Books, Crooks and Counselors answers real writers’ questions on more than 160 separate topics of criminal and civil law.
Written with a lawyer’s in-depth knowledge and a writer’s intuition of human conflict, Books, Crooks and Counselors teaches writers both what the law is and how to use it to create innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, gritty realism, and stories that come alive.
For more on the book, and an excerpt, visit Leslie’s website, LawandFiction.
Nothing on this site is intended as legal advice, and should not be relied on in handling “real world” legal problems. No attorney-client relationship is formed through use of this site. All information provided is intended solely for use by writers devising fictional plots.
Keep in mind that because laws and procedures vary widely and sometimes change, you should check the status of any law that affects key elements of your story.