Modus Operandi: A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work (Howdunit)

By Mauro V. Corvasce

Detectives Corvasce and Paglino supply writers with the evidence they should supply thier secret and detective novels priceless grit and authenticity. Writers will find out how criminals perform homicide, arson, smuggling, armed theft, safecracking, and extra.

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