Thursday, 15 May 2014

Writing - Eye witness accounts and memory

I was reminded of the fallibility of memory by a murder case that has been reported on today. It took place forty years ago, there are six suspects and it occurred in Reykjavik, Iceland. The headline was 'Who would admit to crimes they couldn't remember?'

It reminded me of the trip I took to London with a party of schoolchildren a number of years ago. To cut a long story short we lost a child in St Paul's had a number of eyewitness sightings all of which were erroneous and quite far fetched.
'He sat next to me for the photographs at St. Paul's' - when we had the photograph produced he wasn't on it!
'I was with him in the London Museum' - wrong he never got there.

And so on. It could be useful in misleading our readers when we construct plots.

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In this the 5th Steele novel Patrick tackles the person who has been surreptitiously dogging his footsteps over a number of his adventures. This is not without risk and the focus of his love, Naomi Kobayashi, disappears which seriously affects his ability to function as well as he can. We also find out more about the man himself. The adventure takes him to Eire, France, the USA before he returns to resolve the issue in the UK. Will Patrick finally rid himself of a deadly enemy? Can our hero rescue his love or is it already too late? Another Patrick Steele adventure filled with tension and action as well as the support provided by the team he has developed over the years. 

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