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Born: 1937-01-22
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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As a cop, I dealt with every kind of bum and criminal. They all have more integrity than some Hollywood people.

Tags: Criminal, Hollywood, Integrity

Civil servants take forever to do anything.

Tags: Civil, Forever, Servants

Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued.

Tags: Book, Time, Write

I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.

Tags: System, While, Won

I enjoy adapting my own work, or anybody's work. I like to adapt books.

Tags: Books, Enjoy, Work

I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.

Tags: Again, Enjoy, Research

I hadn't done anything in six years; I was just vegetating.

Tags: Done, Six

Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.

Tags: Both, Emotional, Looking

Probably 95 percent of the things that are written never get on the screen.

Tags: Percent, Screen, Written

The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to.

Tags: Case, Evidence

The Onion Field made a real writer. And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.

Tags: Knew, Real, Writer

The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.

Tags: Burned, Difficult, Evidence

The time has come for professional jurors.

Tags: Jurors, Time

Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case.

Tags: Example, Good, Today

What I didn't know was that if I didn't stand with my back to the wall, Hollywood people would unscrew my ass and sell it down the river.

Tags: Hollywood, Sell, Stand

What is it about the component of fire? People have written about it. People have wondered about it.

Tags: Fire, Wondered, Written

When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional.

Tags: Ask, Consider, Interview

When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice.

Tags: Onion, Practice, Realized

You've got people who are looking at DNA evidence and other evidence like that and they're ignoring it.

Tags: Evidence, Ignoring, Looking

I'm sure I took some licks at the system, and at trials and lawyers in general. I've seen enough of them for so many years both as a cop and a defendant in defamation cases.

Tags: Enough, Sure, Trials

If you take 67 brush fires times 10 years, that's almost 700 right there. Those brush fires are incredibly dangerous, all those homes going down proved that.

Tags: Almost, Dangerous, Times

No one I know of has ever had this experience-where you had to sit and wait and wait for a DNA test to come back just so you can write the last page of the book.

Tags: Book, Wait, Write

The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.

Tags: Happened, Police, Pretty

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