SPP230 Writing real cops and crime with Writers Detective Adam Richardson

Released On: October 5, 2016

You’ve seen the dramatic interrogation room scenes in procedural crime shows and novels, but how accurate are they? 17-year detective Adam Richardson joins the guys today in an incredibly informative episode filled with what writers get wrong, and what it’s really like to be in the law enforcement field. Want to write realistic crime thrillers? It would be criminal to miss this episode.

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  • Julie

    Even though I haven’t started writing fiction yet (bring on NANOWRIMO!) and when I do it probably won’t be in the thriller or crime genre, this interview was absolutely fascinating. Dave nailed it with his questions. Favourite moment – the astonishment from the guys that cops in the UK are usually unarmed – its the same here in New Zealand.

    • Julie,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope NaNoWriMo went well for you this year!

  • Skip Michael

    I’m a retired police detective that writes Sci-Fi. I have been ask, I don’t know how many times why I don’t write crime stories. Things that did and have seen while a detective. I find that most murders are routine and boring, all had to be embellished to make it interesting. Sci-Fi I can go and do anything.

    • Skip,
      Spoken like a true veteran detective. 😉 I agree that it’s hard to make the typical homicide investigation both fit into the typical Hero’s Journey format AND keep the interest of the reader without some serious artistic license.

      That’s why I leave that challenge to all the creative writers out there!


  • Robert Scanlon

    Great episode! Thanks to Dave for the excellent questions; to Sean and Johnny for refraining from interrupting, and most of all to Adam for his intelligent answers. Very helpful!