Crown Courts

Crown Courts

The most serious criminal cases are heard in the Crown Courts. Americans appearing in these courts, as one of Naomi’s characters has to do in …

London

London

George Bernard Shaw called the United States and Great Britain “two peoples separated by a common language.” Cultural differences in food, grammar, dates, money, and vocabulary are highlighted in Naomi’s novels through the use of verbal expressions, idioms, and spelling. London, the setting for Naomi’s books, is one of the world’s great international cities and a logical destination for the protagonist in The Witness, a college graduate with a degree in English...
Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath

A vast natural park northwest of London and near the village of Hampstead, the Heath is replete with forests, fields for flying kites, bicycle paths, and both fishing and swimming ponds. The Heath’s Parliament Hill gives a spectacular view of London and brings to mind Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when he and his co-conspirators attempted to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. Almost 800 acres in size, the Heath is valued by Londoners and visitors alike and is a favorite recreation site for all ages. The Heath’s wild, free expanse serves as a contrast to the confinement of The Witness‘ main character in police...
CO-19

CO-19

Not all London Metropolitan Police carry firearms. Those who do have volunteered for special training. Authorized firearms officers (AFOs) do not use guns in the normal course of their duties but are available to assist if needed. Others, the Specialist Firearms Officers (SFOs), serve in the Specialist Firearms Command, the British equivalent of the American SWAT teams. Many served previously in the Royal Army, Royal Marines, Special Air Service, or, in the case of The Witness character Sergeant Casey, the Special Boat Service. All receive additional training every six weeks to keep their skills at the highest...