Armed and Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons (Howdunit Series)

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Describes weapons used by criminals, police, soldiers, terrorists, and hunters, and briefly traces the development of firearms and explosives

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"... you will simply have to make your peace with guns. Case closed." No, these are not the words of an NRA apologist attacking some common-sense legislation, rather they're found in the introduction of Michael Newton's authoritative guidebook on guns, bombs, and all manner of things that go "boom"--and alter events in stories. If you're one of those scribes who believes that killing machines are better left on the printed page, this entry in Writer's Digest's Howdunit series will prove invaluable in giving your Glocks, dum-dum rounds, and spookily-named Hotchkiss guns the unmistakable ring of authority. Bang bang.

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YA-- For budding writers, particularly those who have ambitions in the mys- tery genre, these two books will be useful starting points. Armed and Dangerous aids in avoiding those embarassing historical and descriptive gaffes regarding firearms and explosives. It will be a frustration, however, for writers who need information on a specific gun and its associated effects, although the appendixes on ballistics information and rifle trajectories are some help. Deadly Doses , on the other hand, is a paradise for domestic, impulsive criminals and manipulative writers. The index leads quickly to a specific poison and the entry gives all its names, toxicity, the forms in which it is found, information on how to administer it, the effects and symptoms, reaction time, and some notes. Two quibbles are the lack of a distinctive typeset to indicate the beginnings of entries (they all tend to run together) and a lack of cross-references in the index. Using the wonderful appendixes will allow writers to match plot restrictions in "Methods of Administration," "Form," "Symptoms," "Time in Which They React," or "Toxicity." It's enough to give anyone that Agatha Christie urge. --Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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