Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ten Great Websites for Thriller/Suspense Writers

I was thinking today that perhaps I would share some websites that I’ve found helpful for my writing journey. As a suspense writer, I frequent a lot of sites on global intelligence agencies, terrorism watch lists, firearms, officer tactics, etc., (sometimes I think if the government were monitoring my online searches, they'd raise an eyebrow or two!) so maybe some of these will be helpful to other suspense writers out there. I hope so!

Forensics
http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/

FBI
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism

Crime Scene Investigation
http://www.crimeandclues.com/index.php/crime-scene-investigation

Firearms
http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNINTRO.html

Tactics, Firearms, Officer Safety
http://www.policeone.com/policemarksman/

United States Special Ops
http://www.specialoperations.com/usspecops.html

Google Earth
http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

Secret Intelligence Service
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/uk/mi6/

Global Security
http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/index.html

Mystery Writer’s Guide to Guns (They also have great sidebar articles on Knife Wounds, Forensics, Poisons, etc.)
http://clarissadraper.blogspot.com/search/label/Guns

5 comments:

Debra Erfert said...

Don't be surprised if you're on a watch list, Julie. I believe my husband is on one, and probably my brother-in-law is on one, too. lol. The Internet makes it too easy to "watch" our comings and goings ( I know, sounds paranoiac) but how do you think the CIA and other 3 letter governmental agencies find the terrorists before they're able to actually do anything anymore? They monitor the Internet. Just think what one rogue agent could do if he or she decided to stalk someone. Hmmmmm. . .

Debra Erfert said...

Oh, by the way, thanks for the great websites. I'm bookmarking them. :)

Jon Spell said...

ooooOOOOoooooh. Those are awesome! I've often wondered about a lot of police procedures (can't trust Law & Order and CSI, right?)

That last one in particular looks like a fun read.

It's not paranoia if they really are watching you... I don't know how much monitoring there is, exactly, but I know when people get arrested, they scan computers for search history. There was (allegedly) some telling stuff on Casey Anthony's computer.

I've seen internet logs at my company, and there's SO MUCH of it, just generated from a couple hundred people, I can't even imagine the NSA or Homeland is sifting through internet searches on 100 million people. (At least, I wouldn't want to be the drudge assigned to that task, if it exists.)

Come to think of it, novelist would make an interesting cover for a terrorist sleeper ...

Brittany said...

This list kind of makes me want to be a suspense writer. But then kind of makes me tired thinking of all the research you must have to do!

Kate said...

Thanks--this is a great list!