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How I Got the Idea: Fiona FitzGerald
was the early eighties and the mass media consensus on gender was undergoing a
massive change. Women were on the march and the emphasis was on both upward
mobility and equality on all fronts, especially in the workplace.
In the culture of imaginative fiction, the concept of the heroic figure was
being "genderized" and the notion of the female cop, soldier, firefighter,
construction worker and other jobs once considered male turf was swiftly
Although I had never tackled the mystery genre which was growing in
popularity, my agent persuaded me to take the plunge and since I lived in the
metropolitan Washington area, I decided to use the police department that
covered the nation's capitol as my venue. In casting around for a
knowledgeable female who could give me some insight into the inner workings of
the department and her own psyche I was lucky to find an experienced female
homicide detective, Judy Roberts, who led me deep into the entrails of the
mindset and procedure of police work as seen through the female perspective.
In Warren's Words
My Book Problem
another few weeks, I will be moving to another apartment in the same building
in Manhattan where I have spent the past few years. While moving in itself is
a traumatic event as everyone knows, my principal problem is books.
I have a huge collection of books. In the three or four major moves in my
lifetime I have culled, boxed, given away and donated thousands of books.
During each nesting experience, however, I have acquired yet more books and
have repeated the culling process each time. I could never pass a bookstore
without buying one or more books.
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