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The Dark Web of Crime Do you have to be a nerd to write about cyber criminals? It can’t hurt. Just as with a police procedural or legal thriller, if you’re going deep into the woods, you need to know the terrain. But even little things can trip you up. We all know...read more
Here There Be Monsters: Hunting for Criminals in the Virtual Sea Most cybercriminals are no different than other lawbreakers. They’re lazy, impulsive, and/or sloppy, and that’s what gets them caught. That was the message delivered by prosecutor Gary Dawson at the...read more
Patrolling the prairies or traipsing through mountains while wearing a badge evokes images of Marshall Dillon facing down a gunslinger on the dusty streets of Dodge or posses chasing Butch and Sundance through the San Juans. While these can still be elements of...read more
Denver author Z.J. Czupor cast light on a dark subject—noir literature—at the March 2016 meeting of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America. What is and isn’t noir is a surprisingly contentious subject lately. James Ellroy famously (and somewhat...read more
by Mike McClanahan On January 14, RMMWA’s own Liesa Malik taught a roomful of writers how to develop a successful marketing program by building an Author Platform and offered practical ways to use it to market their work. Liesa is a long-time marketing consultant as...read more
The Other. No, it’s not something that slithers out of a tar pit or a creature from a galaxy far, far away. It’s the other others, the ones we see every day. The human ones who are mostly just like us, which we’d understand if we gave them more than a superficial...read more
A saying often heard in medical schools is “just because you hear hoof beats, don’t presume it’s zebras.” In other words, work from the most likely to the least, sort of like Sherlock Holmes.
But what if you’re dealing with a situation that’s never happened before—say, an Ebola outbreak in Texas, or anthrax sent via mail to the U.S. Capitol? A great many cases handled by the U.S. Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control, from the World Trade Center attack to SARS outbreaks to tsunamis, are such situations. The predictable, familiar response might be the worst thing to do. The CDC teams are dealing with zebras. They have to assess an unfamiliar situation quickly and test solutions carefully, without becoming part of the problem themselves. And while they may not be able to prevent the initial crisis, a large measure of their success comes in what doesn’t happen in the wake of the crisis, and the lessons learned for mitigation and future preparation.
When the calls went out to the CDC concerning the WTC, anthrax, SARS, and Ebola crises in Africa and Texas, Captain Eric Esswein was there.read more
by Mike McClanahan RMMWA members and guests were treated to an inside look at the business of being a private investigator by former Denver Post reporter and PI Jane Cracraft. When new ownership acquired the Post, Jane's search for a new situation following led her to...read more
by Mike McClanahan Publicizing your own work can be one of the hardest things about being an author. That’s the message publicist Samantha Jo Lien brought to the February meeting of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers. Fortunately, she also had a lot of great ideas on how...read more
by Mike McClanahan What's a topic that's sure to draw a roomful of mystery writers together on an icy winter eve? Serial killers, of course. The January meeting of RMMWA featured a presentation by law enforcement veteran Tracy Brisendine on the whos, whats, and whys...read more