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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709086318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709086314
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael O'Byrne started his police career in the sixties, aged 19, in the Royal Hong Kong Police, serving there through Mao's cultural revolution. He then moved to the Metropolitan Police, working in Notting Hill, the West End and New Scotland Yard before moving to Surrey then Thames Valley, ending his police career as chief constable in Bedfordshire.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Rice on 6 May 2009
Format: Paperback
After searching fruitlessly for years I found this little gem.
There are any number of guides based on US law and procedures but precious few on English law and fewer still that are up to date.
Michael's book is an excellent reference guide for writers to ensure your "writer's license" doesn't stray too far from facts but, as a bonus, it is also an absorbing read in its own right.
Anecdotes and case histories are included as examples but it doesn't sink into the mire of just being an autobiography.
Michael sets out to write a guide we can all use and he succeeds in spades. A must for every crime writer's reference book shelf. Look no further.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Payne on 13 Jun 2009
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After trawling through many books on police procedures (which usually end up being based on the US system), I was looking forward to the release of this which I saw advertised on Amazon. I have not been disapointed as it is a pleasure to read; not just as a reference book but as an interesting non-fictional book. Obviously the author has credibility and it is written in a clear style, with the technical language being used without it suffocating the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the british police force.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A O'Dowd on 25 May 2009
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This book is a well written and well organised overview of how the UK police force operates.
You can tell it was penned by someone who knows what they're talking about. Highly recommended for people who want to know the parameters a modern police force has to stay within and still secure a safe conviction.
Absolutely indispensable in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By thought_fox on 4 Oct 2009
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This is a fantastic little book for anyone who is writing crime scenes...not just detective novels but anything involving police in general. It provides everything you need to know from police structures to how forensics operate and I found it a massive help. I thought I would have to get arrested myself in the name of research to find out what goes on, but thank god I found this book!!
The author writes in a really easy going style so it's easy to understand, and each section is short but succinct, giving you enough of an overview to furnish your writing. I love the way he points out where detective shows, and Dan Brown, have got it wrong as well!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clarky on 7 Aug 2010
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Up-to-date non-US books for crime-writers are thin on the ground so I welcomed finding this. It's engagingly written, clear and the writer obviously has first-hand experience. Just a few quibbles - it focuses almost entirely on murder investigation processes and not all crime stories are murder mysteries; legal proceedings in court aren't covered. Otherwise an interesting read that gave me a couple of new ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. A. Penney on 9 Aug 2009
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I usually write comedy but am currently writing a psychological thriller screenplay and this book gives enough factual information on police procedure to make any script, or book, realistic. Nothing worse than totally unrealistic scenarios to make the scene 'jar' as the author himself puts it. It is also not too technical and is easy to read. A good reference book for the writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misty365 on 8 Aug 2010
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Really useful little book. Tends to cover the more obvious things people write about - ie murder, but is extremely useful at answering basic questions that would otherwise be hard to find answers to without bothering your local force! Simple things that need to be right, like what rank of officer would attend a particular type of crime.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Satinalibrary on 1 July 2010
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This is a must-buy if you want to write about English police procedure, or even if you just want to know how it all happens. It's written in a clear, concise manner to a good standard. It is easy and interesting to read, leaning towards narrative non fiction rather than encyclopaedia. I can't believe that Amazon don't stock this book as standard - they should. It's the only book on the market that does the job properly.
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