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Reading Florida

I once lived on a boat, sailed into Fort Lauderdale and stayed there for 15 years. I didn’t live at the Bahia Mar Marina like John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee, but rather up the north fork of Fort Lauderdale’s New River. That’s when I renewed a love affair with books, especially mysteries, set in Florida. The love affair actually began when I was a child and picked up at school a children’s book called The Lion’s Paw. It was written by Robb White and was set in Florida just after World War II. The story takes three orphans on a sailboat down the east coast of Florida and across the state to the west coast and Sanibel Island. They hope to find a shell called the lion’s paw, which they beli

For Writers: Question (An) Authority

Former cop Mark Bergin spoke at the Chesapeake Chapter, Sisters in Crime, meeting in Bethesda, MD, on Saturday, June 2. His topic: What the police really do—and don’t do. He shared his 28-year career from uniformed patrol to command, “from narcs to pursuits to guns to the heart attacks that killed me, leading to my not-yet successful writing career.” As his talk for writers suggested, “Question (an) Authority.” His presence allowed us to do so. Here are some of the ways that writers go wrong. • Cops do not work independently and they don’t do whatever they want to do. • Lieutenants do not conduct investigations. As a lieutenant, 75 percent of the time, he worked behind the desk. Dete

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