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Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction. Column by Repo Kempt Your cop protagonist shouts into the radio strapped to his tactical vest while he races toward a liquor store robbery. The veteran detective you’ve created confesses something to her partner on an overnight stake-out outside the killer’s apartment. Whatever crime fiction you’re crafting, it’s important that you maintain your authority by nailing the dialogue when writing characters who are in law enforcement.
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