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Some have asked how I got so familiar with the way the mob and the police function. I'm not sure I am that familiar. I think I make it up and tell it in a way that makes it sound familiar. The cops I have talked to will say I get the characters fairly right, and the occasional mobster I have talked with says that, while I'm not "the real deal," I do okay. Mostly I think what would I be like in this situation if I were he (she). Everything else I get fom watching "Law and Order." One autobiographical fact, of course, in addition to Pearl, the Wonder Dog, who is a copy from real life, is the beer that Spenser drinks. Over the years it has coincided with beer I happened to be drinking at the time. Though I have over the years inclined more and more toward scotch and soda -- which may also be reflected in the books. Spenser also frequents many of the same restaurants I do. There's no point thinking stuff up when you don't have to.