The Dictionary of Crime

Written by Amanda Lees

Review written by Andrew Hill

A former Customs and Police Officer, Andrew Hill is just putting the finishing touches to the first book in a crime series set in the New Forest, where he lived for 30 years. An avid reader across the crime genre and regular at Crimefest, he now lives in West Sussex and works in property.


The Dictionary of Crime
Robinson
RRP: £10.99
Released: July 23 2020
PBK

Amanda has given crime writers and those of us who devour crime fiction, whether it’s the written word or a TV show, a massive favour with this comprehensive compendium.

Between the pages, you’ll meet famous killers, learn street-slang, the roles of the intelligence services and a wealth of Police acronyms.

If you want to know the difference between Actual Bodily Harm and Grievous Bodily Harm, she’s nailed it. Do you know what the street names for Amphetamines are? They’re listed by the author and there are so many of them. Do you want your street patois to be authentic? Then here is your reference point, even if you’re looking for U.S. rather than U.K. ‘gang speak’.

This fine tome offers thought provoking insights into serial killers like Bundy, Gacy, BTK, Busby and Wuornos.

Looking for some realistic prison vernacular, Amanda has the goods and it’s all done with wit and depth.



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