Picture the scene, you’re sipping a Theakston’s, when someone orders something shaken not stirred. Having ‘Spy’ on your CV beats that stint on Morrisons checkout in your destiny as the perfect crime author. Working at the coalface of real life crime may offer a rich mine of story-telling gold, but which irresistible nuggets get in the way of narrative? Does job experience hurt, hinder or help?
Check out the remarkable CV of Alafair Burke, once a prosecutor in America’s police precincts and courtrooms.