Howdunit: Book of Police Procedure and Investigation by Lee Lofland, , available at Book Depository with free delivery. To write a credible police story, writers need to know how police investigations really work. This latest book in the Howdunit series gives the. Get the Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation at Microsoft Store and compare products with the latest customer reviews and ratings. Download or .

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Can’t recommend this book highly enough.

The lack of editing has me giving this a 3 star instead of higher. Lofland writes in clear, easy to understand terms and leaves nothing to inference.

Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers

I found the most compelling and helpful areas where Lofland goes into detail about his experience on the force, but they’re far too rare, and they sometimes feel like the author is trying too hard to sound like a cliche crime writer than provide helpful details for other writers, which comes off as slightly self-congratulatory and a little egocentric.

However, I felt the author didn’t quite understand the entertainment value of TV crime shows or most crime fiction. After reading this and interviewing the representative police department for my story, I do feel much more confident that I am capable of realism as far as police are concerned. I have to admit I finished reading this book quite some time ago, but it’s still got a place on my bedside table because I keep rereading sections. I also plan on talking to several retired detectives to bounce my storyline s off them, but this book was also a very helpful read for me.


Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland

IF you are interested in detail on matters of this type, then this is a book for you. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Obok there’s this book, which is extraordinary non-fiction. I have to think it would be better written than a lot of dry as sawdust textbooks on the subject.

May 11, T Ramon rated it it poliec amazing. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I came across Lee’s book while trying to gather some research material for a series of thriller novels I was writing. This was such a great read — not just from a writer’s perspective but from a reader’s perspective as well.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. You should get a couple of chapters; enough polife help you decide to read more or forget about it. Return to Book Page. I don’t know why the author thought it would be helpful to describe in detail the inner workings of fingerprint and DNA analysis machines, but never actually describes what ivestigation machines look like or how to operate them.

Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation

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Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Some chapters were a drag, others left me wanting much more, but for the most part this was a helpful resource.


But if you’re looking at police systems examined beyond America or even any point of history outside of present day, this is not the book to use. One person found this helpful.

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Feb 20, Chester rated it it was amazing. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. A book every writer of crime fiction should have at their fingertips, Lee Lofland shares the ins and outs of police procedure.

Procedures may be exaggerated because authors have to give readers something exciting to read. The section on prison life and Death Row was particularly harrowing investjgation though it makes no political statements about the penal system in the US, the straight up description challenged my preconceived notions about our punishment system.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. It goes on and on about training with all sorts of weapons. That said, you’d think that in this day and age an author would consider that someone based in a different country might be reading the book, and not specifically refer to the United States as ‘our country’ and to things going on in Canada as ‘even our neighbours in the north’.