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Designed for writers of mysteries, crime novels and screenplays, this volume explains the intricate ideas and principles of criminal law using everyday language. It seeks to enable authors at all levels to write the authentic and believable stories that only inside knowledge makes possible. Entertaining in style, it covers the historical background and evolution of criminal law and uses actual case stories to illustrate key ideas. The 14 chapters are divided into three sections covering criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, and the criminal justice system. Genre-specific writing and creativity techniques are included.