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 on: May 10, 2021, 10:05:46 AM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Stefano Trucco
Good morning,
I'm an italian writer, already published in Italy. I was born and live in Genova (Genoa) and work as a librarian.
My first novel, 'Fight Night' (2014) was set in Genoa today and was about a kick boxing match between two young fighter, Alessandro and Ettore, that gets way out of hand.
In 2019 I published my second novel, 'Il Gran Bazar del XX secolo', a horror story inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and set again in Genoa, in the last weeks of WWII: nazis, fascists, partisans and Cthulhu.
I also published a short novel called '1958. A story of the Atomic Age'. It's an uchronia set in an Italy where there was no fascism, Italy was among the good guys in the war, there's still the monarchy and we get the atomic bomb.
The novel I'm writing now gets back to Fight Night: one of the two main characters, Alessandro, is now a MMA fighter in New York, and also a model (yes, they exists: I checked). Not very succesful in either job, he ends up as the main suspect in the murder of his american girlfriend and to save himself he's forced to think and discovers he can actually do it.
I've been in New York two times, when I was young, in 1988 and 1992. I was set to visit last summer to reacquaint myself but you know what happened. Anyway, few cities in the world are cities of the imagination as dear old Gotham.
Actually it's more a psychological novel on the character of failed but unbowed italian alpha male but I decided on a crime plot, since in Italy is by far the most popular genre of fiction. The provisional title is 'Woke'.

 on: May 09, 2021, 03:11:44 AM 
Started by Stefano Trucco - Last post by Stefano Trucco
Good morning.

I'm an italian writer trying to write my first crime novel set in New York. Obviously I read a lot of american crime novels and also a few books on police procedure for writers (like 'Police procedures & investigation' by Lee Lofland) but of course there're always doubts. I helped myself by making the main character and suspect an italian who don't know anything (except what he saw in movies and tv shows) about american police procedures.
Now the question is: the murder, which happens in Bushwick (83th Precinct: the novel is also an homage to Ed McBain/Evan Hunter/Salvatore Lombino). At first it seems quite humdrum but it quickly escalates involving famous and powerful people. So, do the same two precinct detectives who investigate the case continue as the context of the case changes or do some other police body or higher authority supersedes them?
Everything happens in New York, so I think no FBI and the two detectives apparently are competent and honest, so there's no way to substitute them as sanction for malfeasance.
Now, I'm quite advanced in writing the story so who knows how many mistakes I already made but this detail is quite important in the resolution of the story, the fact that one of two detectives is personally involved with the main suspect so he has to stay to the end.
Thanks in advance.

 on: May 09, 2021, 02:53:54 AM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, Stefano Trucco! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

Enjoy your stay!

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:28:12 PM 
Started by RobertGonko - Last post by Gene15219
When conducting ballistics testing of a gun believed to have been used in a murder, is the weapon disassembled at any point? Or do they simply test it 'as is'?

Interesting question - perhaps for toolmarks such as extractor or ejector marks on cases.

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:26:53 PM 
Started by rjpetyo - Last post by Gene15219
A victim is shot at close range. One bullet remains in the body, the other goes clear through. The one that passes through caused the death. The one that remains is just a wound. Any ideas on where each bullet should hit the victim to get these results?

Appreciate any suggestions out there.


Causing death requires either central nervous system damage or massive blood loss.    Even a strike in the femoral artery would cause enough blood loss to cause death.

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:19:50 PM 
Started by twisted - Last post by Gene15219
Ok I know the warning is 120 days old but will add it for future reference all the same.

Instead of going through the ear, you could consider going through the nasal cavity, using a long enough needle/stem.


In the early part of the 20th century US Physicians performed Cranial Lobotomies using an instrument similar to an ice pick.   The craniotome was inserted under the eyelid, moved in a proscribed series of motions, then the instrument was removed.   When done properly the operation gave the sufferer a set of black eyes.    The patient only rarely died.  They would become docile most of the time.

The ear has a good bit of bone around it.  I am not sure that using the ear canal would do that much good.   The ear is also sensitive.

The most vulnerable area for death is to damage the brain stem.  This governs basic body functions and consciousness.   One could also damage the heavier arteries in the base of the brain causing a hemorrhage.

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:14:51 PM 
Started by Rashi2Learn - Last post by Gene15219
So I'm writing this story where one character has to be murdered from carbon monoxide poisoning in a running car. How can I get it done? Can somebody help me?

The traditional method was to have the motor vehicle running inside of enclosed space.    This happened to a Nazi officer who came home drunk, passed out in his car.   He survived.    His experience inspired his fellow Nazis to consider using gas vans.

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:13:30 PM 
Started by rjpetyo - Last post by Gene15219
My victim is shot in the forehead with a derringer, from about six feet. Results? Lots of blood? Just a tiny hole?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. (I never shot anybody in the forehead with a derringer!)


GSWs vary.   A derringer is not a high speed projectile, most of the time.   You will see a good bit of blood.   Brain injury has two courses - the initial insult followed by swelling that causes ischemia.  The brain's own swelling causes its own damage.

A derringer is a tough firearm to shoot accurately.

 on: March 26, 2021, 04:06:49 PM 
Started by Bob Mueller - Last post by Bob Mueller
Welcome to MWF, Gene15219! Take a moment and introduce yourself. What do you write? Are you published? Who is your favorite author?

Enjoy your stay!

 on: March 24, 2021, 09:36:38 PM 
Started by pathanford - Last post by pathanford
I want my antag to use a stun gun. Can a multiple use stun gun on a person stop a victim's heart? anyone in the police community heard of this?

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