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One of my graduate school professors frequently made his students cry. Never mind that we were grown adults. A single cliche used in a class paper could result in public humiliation. And yet the competition to get into his class was fierce. No honor surpassed the chance to be taught (and belittled) by such a masterful mind.
The Iwo Jima Memorial, on the Virginia side of the Potomac River overlooking Washington, D.C., is one of many capital landmarks that do double duty as crime scenes in the novels of author Mike Lawson.
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A sentinel walks post at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, another of the monumental backdrops in Lawson's crime novels.
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Mike Lawson was a civilian Navy employee for many years, and spent some of that time based in Washington. He returns occasionally to keep his memories fresh and see how the city is changing.
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Among the non-touristy haunts of the fictional Joe DeMarco is the Georgetown restaurant <a href="http://www.theguardsrestaurant-dc.com/">The Guards</a>, a cozy-shabby pub on the historic neighborhood's main strip.
In Washington, D.C., the glittering marble of public buildings and monuments can conceal the darkest of deeds. And in the crime novels of Mike Lawson, they do.
"When I started writing, the very first decision I made was, I wanted the book set in D.C.," says Lawson, who recently published his seventh Washington-based thriller, House Blood. "That was before I had a character, or anything else."
Benjamin Franklin once gave mouth-to-mouth (or, mouth-to-beak?) to a hen after electrically shocking it. According to science historian Alex Boese, it was the first known resuscitation of an electric shock victim using the mouth-to-mouth method.