Please either do some actual research before
you write your next book, or get a publisher that has proof readers
with a TINY bit of technical and/or scientific
expertise. A Glock has no safety lever…… the only
safety on a Glock is built into the trigger
itself. After I finally got past that error….. I
get to a FIVE FOOT CORAL SNAKE?!?!?!?
cannot even give you an opinion as to the writing of the rest of the book, as it has been converted into carbon in my fireplace.
The thoughtful writer of the email also copied Paul’s agent and publicist, whose addresses are on his site. It’s a good thing, Paul says, that his Mom’s address wasn’t on the site, too. Paul took this email in stride, replying good-naturedly:
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful note
pointing out the errors in "The Deep Blue Alibi."
are quite correct, of course, about the Glock. It has the built-in trigger safety, not the little lever. I own a 9 mm Beretta with the lever, and I was picturing that gun while my fingers typed "Glock." My mistake. You could have pointed out also that the sheriff of Monroe County
doesn’t actually carry a Glock, and he never smuggled pot. Just made
that stuff up, which is what we do in fiction. I also had the mayor of
Key West growing marijuana, and to the best of my knowledge, he doesn’t
do that, either.
Now, as for the snake I am well aware
that the longest coral snakes are in the 4-four range, and most are
smaller. Well, shoot me with a Glock because I stretched that snake
out a foot. At least it seemed that long in a scene written from the
POV of Victoria Lord when she discovers the snake in the
A book with 110,000 words has probably a couple
thousand facts — geographical, meteorlogical, historical,
sociological and others — and if I only made two mistakes in this one,
well that’s hitting the ball out of the park. The folks at Bantam
found a bunch more and corrected them.
I am very pleased that
you found a use for the book, however, and hope that it provided ample
warmth on a chilly night.