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Talk about murder! Inaccurate information about weapons can kill your story before a potential publisher has even finished reading your manuscript. Today’s readers of mysteries, thrillers, Westerns, true crime, police procedurals, and romantic suspense are better informed about weapons than ever before. If you think you can slip one past these readers, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. You don’t have to be a gun buff to need this book. If you care enough about your readers and your craft to strive for accuracy, then this book is your comprehensive source for information on: • The characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of hundreds of weapons • Which weapons were available during each period of history, including their wars • Weapons favored by various types of criminals and terrorists • Weapons used by law enforcement • Weapons used for hunting You’ll also find a glossary of weapon-related terms and a series of appendices including: • A selective chronology of firearms development • Comparative handgun identification information • Comparative trajectories of rifle cartridges In the past, this kind of information was attainable only through hours of digging. Now it’s available at your fingertips in one handy guide. Make sure your story is accurate—refer to Armed & Dangerous. “Clear, well-written and hugely useful--I rate it a 10 with a bullet! Whether you write crime fiction or just need a few realistic details about a gun for any type of book, this is an indispensable guide.” —Susan Burnham “aids in avoiding those embarrassing historical and descriptive gaffes regarding firearms and explosives.” —School Library Journal “If you're one of those scribes who believes that killing machines are better left on the printed page, this [book] will prove invaluable in giving your Glocks, dum-dum rounds, and spookily-named Hotchkiss guns the unmistakable ring of authority.” — review

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