The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.
As a cop, I dealt with every kind of bum and criminal. They all have more integrity than some Hollywood people.
I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.
The Onion Field made a real writer. And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
Civil servants take forever to do anything.
Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued.
I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.
Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.
Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case.
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.
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.
I enjoy adapting my own work, or anybody's work. I like to adapt books.
I hadn't done anything in six years; I was just vegetating.
Probably 95 percent of the things that are written never get on the screen.
The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to.
The time has come for professional jurors.
What is it about the component of fire? People have written about it. People have wondered about it.
When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional.
When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice.
You've got people who are looking at DNA evidence and other evidence like that and they're ignoring it.