Monday, November 16, 2009

Gutshot Straight's Second Review

The Booklist review for GUTSHOT STRAIGHT just came out and it’s starred. All I can say is: Wow. (Well, what I actually said, upon reading this review, was a string of jubilantly grateful profanity punctuated at the end by “Wow.”)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Riding Along - Part 2

From my recent ride-along with a patrol unit from the Will Rogers Division of the Oklahoma City Police Department (read the first installment here), Big Difference #2 between TV cop shows and real life:

Good Cop/Bad Cop

In screenplays and novels, you’ll often see law enforcement characters employ the Good Cop/Bad tag-team approach when questioning a suspect or witness. One cop character offers the carrot (“You’re a good guy, just talk to us and I’ll make sure the D.A. knocks down that felony charge”), the other cop character swings the stick (“You’re scum of the earth, if you don’t talk to us I’ll drop you out of this window”).

Good Cop/Bad Cop can be a great narrative device if approached in a fresh way (one of the best versions of all time is in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). In real life, though, the dynamic can be a lot more complex.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gutshot Straight's First Review

The first, pre-publication review of GUTSHOT STRAIGHT came out this week, in the Nov. 2 issue of Publishers Weekly, and it was an excellent one.