The Crime Writers Guide to Police Practice and Procedure is the detective in your pocket - something you can reach for when you feel your writing needs that short sharp shock of real-life investigating. Every crime writer has paused at some key point in the development of their book to wonder about what happens in real life. How far from that can they safely go for the sake of the plot and still be believable? How does a cop react to a bloated body, or even worse a part of one? This well-crafted book has been written with this in mind. It can be what you want it to be; a handy reference book - how can I use low count DNA to identify the killer? - or a textbook to guide you at the outset whilst you are still developing your plot, leaving you confident that you have covered all the angles.