Books on Writing and other References

Crime Reference

Armed and Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons (Howdunit Series)
Micheal Newton
Police Procedure: A writer's guide to the police and how they work
Russell Bintiff
Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations (Howdunit Series)
Anne Wingate
Order in the Court : A Writer's Guide to the Legal System (Behind the Scenes)
David S. Mullally
Code Blue: Including the ER, OR and ICU (Behind the Scenes)
Dr. Keith Wilson, David W. Page
Lights & Sirens: A Writer's Guide to Emergency Rescue Professions (Behind the Scenes)
James Cowan, Lois Cowan
Howdunit: How Crimes Are Committed and Solved (Howdunit)
John Boertlein (Editor)
Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit)
Fay Faron
Malicious Intent: A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminal Think (Howdunit)
Sean P. MacTire
Modus Operandi: A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work (Howdunit))
Mauro V. Corvasce, Joseph R. Paglino
Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases (Howdunit)
Elaine Raco Chase, Anne Wingate (Contributor)
Missing Persons: A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted and the Escaped (Howdunit Series)
Fay Faron
Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques (Howdunit)
Greg Fallis
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Criminal Investigation
Alan Axelrod, Guy Antinozzi
The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
FBI Handbook of Crime Scene Forensics

Fires and Firefighting

Principles of Fire Behavior
the Science of fire for fire fighters and fire safety students
James G. Quintiere
Combating Arson-For-Profit: Advanced Techniques for Investigators
David J. Icove, Vernon B. Wherry, J. David Schroeder
An Introduction to Fire Dynamics
the Science of fire for engineers and fire safety students
Dougal Drysdale
Report From Engine Co. 82
The classic on American firefighting
Dennis Smith
Blaze: The Forensics of Fire
Real world examples of how fires are investigated
Nicolas Faith
Braving the Flames: Their Toughest Cases In Their Own Words
Peter Micheels
Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words
interviews with the people on the front lines
Dennis Smith
Heat: Fire C.S.I. and the War on Arson and Murder
Peter Micheels
The Last Men Out: Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse
Life on the Edge at Rescue 2
Tom Downey
Crime Scene Investigations - Arson
(Crime Scene Investigations) Juvenile
Gail Stewart
Crime Scene Investigations - Bombings
(Crime Scene Investigations) Juvenile
Gail Stewart
Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena
the Science of fire for engineers and fire safety students
James G. Quintiere

Cause of Death/OCME

Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries
David Page
Cause of Death : A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine (Howdunit Series)
Keith Wilson
Deadly Doses : A Writer's Guide to Poisons (Howdunit Series)
Serita Deborah Stevens, Anne Klarner
Blood on the Table
The greatest Cases of NYC's OCME
Colin Evans
Coroner's Journal
Forensics and the art of stalking death
Louis Cataldie, M.D.
Working Stiff
Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Judy Melinek M.D.
Dead Center
Behind the scenes at the world's largest Medical Examiner's office
Shiya Ribowsky
Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner's Office
John Temple
Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner
Frederick Zugibe M.D. & David L. Carroll
My Life With Death: Memoirs Of A Journeyman Medical Examiner
Gary D. Cumberland M.D.

Writing in General

Ansen Dibell
Scene and Structure
Jack Bickham
Conflict, Action and Suspense
William Noble
Jack Bickham
Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
Nancy Kress
Lewis Turco
Creating Unforgettable Characters
Linda Seger
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy
Orson Scott Card
Creating Characters How to Build Story People
Dwight V. Swain
World Building
Steven Gillett
Character and Viewpoint
Orson Scott Card
Character-Naming Sourcebook
Kenyan with Blythe & Sweet
How to Grow a Novel : The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them
Sol Stein
Writing the Thriller
Trish Macdonald Skillman
Writing on Both Sides of the Brain : Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write
Not about the mechanics of writing, but how to get beyond the internal barriers to writing it all down.
Henriette Anne Klauser
Zen in the Art of Writing
Ray Bradbury
Zen in the Art of Writing
Essays on Creativity Expanded
Ray Bradbury
The Writer's Guide to Character Traits : Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types
Linda N. Edelstein

Writing Sex

The Joy of Writing Sex
Elizabeth Benedict
Passionate Ink: A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance
Angela Knight
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Erotic Romance
Alison Kent
Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies
Leslie Wainger
Romance Writer's Phrase Book (Perigee)
Jean Kent, Candace Shelton
The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition
Alex Comfort
A Little Bit Kinky: A Couples' Guide to Rediscovering the Thrill of Sex
Dr. Natasha Valdez
The Joy of Gay Sex, Revised & Expanded Third Edition
Charles Silverstein, Felice Picano
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amazing Sex, Third Edition
Sari Locker

Suggestions from the Librarian

Spiritual Vampires
Marty Raphael
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image
Leonard Schlain
Art & Physics : Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
Leonard Schlain
How We Decide
A exploration of the underlying mechanisms of decision making
Jonah Lehrer
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
An exploration of five artists and their discoveries that preceded those of the 'scientists'.
Jonah Lehrer
The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Six everyday illusions of perception and thought - what we think we know vs the reality.
Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
An exploration of the inconsistent and sometimes paradoxical relationship between our thoughts and what we actually know.
Robert Burton
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
The nature of error - how we view it, how we do it, how it can transform us.
Kathryn Schulz
Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
The nature of error - a survey of research into why people act the way they do.
Joseph T. Hallinan
Outliers: The Story of Success
Disabusing the popular notion that talent is everything, Gladwell looks at cultural background and expectations as well as the random events that allowed some talented people to flourish and others to languish.
Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Why do some ideas/products take off and others don't?
Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
How do we make snap judgments? And how does that ability lead us astray?
Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
A collection of essays exploring what we think happened and all the other things that went into that happening.
Malcolm Gladwell

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