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Writing matters 1: On Collaboration

I intend to serialize here the podcast of an interview I did last summer with DJ Red Viking of the Archers. DJ Red Viking asked some searching and sometimes difficult questions about writing influences, collaboration, UK vs USA mysteries and thrillers, research, plot vs character,… Read more


A pinch of meth is good – for 2-10 years

Dave and I were in the USA researching law enforcement for Believe No One (#2 in the Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller series). We were in a Tulsa PD conference room, observing an interrogation via video link: the two-way mirror favoured by TV cop shows… Read more


Burglaries – a short introduction

By Dave Barclay When attempting to retrieve evidence at the scene of a burglary, the CSI or forensic scientist needs to mentally step through what the burglar did, thinking all the time about points of contact and what evidence they might have left. In distraction burglaries,… Read more


Chief Medical Examiner, and a 30 year-old Cold Case

Day 14, US research trip (final day), Believe No One Believe No One takes Fennimore & Simms to the United States Mid West. These blogs document the places we visited and people we met during the research trip. Monday,14th May 2012 Chief Medical Examiner Dr… Read more



Missing Kids – how NCMEC and Team Adam help

Day 12, US research trip, Believe No One Believe No One takes Fennimore & Simms to the United States Mid West. These blogs document the places we visited and people we met during the research trip. Saturday, 12th May 2012 In Believe No One, kids… Read more


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