Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement
Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement
Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement
Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement
Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement
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Dictionary of Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology & Law Enforcement

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By Jay Robert Nash. Leafed through it to check for dog-ears/marks; 15 minutes later, was still reading it, and dean of American true-crime letters Nash wouldn't make stuff up but MAN does it sound like it. May have to "restock" this just for myself! (The book also bills itself on the jacket copy as an "invaluable aid for lawyers, law enforcement officers, or anyone who wants to understand the arcane argot of criminology," but fails to mention that you'll need a time machine to hear some of these, hee.)

This hardcover isn't pristine by any means; the DJ is in crunchy shape, as you'll see in the pics, and the outside of the first few dozen pages seem to have collided with some glue in someone's craft room (I separated them sans tearing). But the pages are clean, the spine is straight, and if you're trying to write chewy dialogue for a mid-century noir, this is well worth the "kelter."