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Crime and Science Radio: Digging Up The Facts with Award-winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan

Join Jan Burke and I Saturday, 10-25-15 on Crime and Science Radio for Digging Up The Facts with Award-winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan

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BIO: HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, has the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. Her newest hardcover, TRUTH BE TOLD, is now nominated for an Agatha Award – a landmark back-to-back-to-back nomination! It is also now an RT Book Reviews nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller of 2014. It’s also a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014, Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She is also nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction as editor of the anthology of essays by mystery authors, WRITES OF PASSAGE. Ryan’s next novel, WHAT YOU SEE, will debut in Fall 2015.  She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

LISTENhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspensemagazine/2015/04/24/crime-and-science-radio-with-special-guest-hank-phillippi-ryan

LINKS:

Hank’s Website: http://www.hankphillippiryan.com

Hank’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HankPhillippiRyan

Hank’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HankPRyan

Hank on GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/HankPhillippiRyan

Trailer for the first Jane Ryland book: The Other Woman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdH02wV_O3M

Hank discusses Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGIcehlKq4

Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/index.php

ProPublica: http://www.propublica.org

Poynter Institute: http://www.poynter.org

Emmy® News & Documentary Awards: http://emmyonline.com/newsemmy

Radio Television Digital News Foundation: http://www.rtdna.org/content/about_rtdnf#.VTkZOM6aLzI

Edward R. Murrow’s 1958 ‘ Wires & Lights in a Box’ Speech:

http://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_s_1958_wires_lights_in_a_box_speech#.VTkZrs6aLzI

Pew Research Center: http://www.journalism.org

Knight Lab: http://knightlab.northwestern.edu

Investigative Reporters and Editors: https://www.ire.org

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Interviews, Writing

 

Look Who’s Teaching at CraftFest This Year

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This year CraftFest will be special. We have some very talented instructors who will help you write your own best-seller. Join us. It will be fun and will kick your writing up a notch or two.

Don’t miss ThrillerFest, CraftFest, PitchFest, and Master CraftFest this year.

Sign up today: http://thrillerfest.com

CRAFTFEST 2015 SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, July 8 | 8:30 am – 9:20 am

Tom Rob Smith – WEAVING RESEARCH INTO FICTION

Description: Exploring the delicate balance of research when writing fiction, how research can inspire, enrich and also imperil. A lesson on how to weave research into the fabric of your novel.

Allison Leotta – CRIMINAL MISTAKES THAT CAN KILL YOUR STORY

Description: The top 10 things crime writers get wrong — and how to fix them. A practical, how-to guide on crafting a story infused with authentic details

Daniel Palmer – THRILLER WRITING FROM A TO Z

Description: How to begin putting your novel of suspense together; how to proceed; how to end. This presentation will be a how-to, step-by-step- guide to molding your thriller.

Steve Berry – THE SIX C’S OF STORY STRUCTURE: It’s Not Everything – It’s Absolutely Everything

Description: None listed

Wednesday, July 8 | 9:30 am – 10:20 am

James Scott Bell – WRITE YOUR NOVEL FROM THE MIDDLE: A Powerful New Approach For Plotters, Pantsers, And Everyone In Between

Description: Based on the #1 bestselling writing book by James Scott Bell, this workshop will teach you a unique method for crafting a powerful, unified novel by way of the “mirror moment” — a crucial beat that happens right in the middle of great and enduring stories. Using examples from books and movies, Bell will show you how to discover the true heart of your book, and how that knowledge brings everything into focus. Best of all, this method can be used at any time during the writing process, whether you like to outline or just wing it as you go.

Michael Rose – INTERPOL 101

Description: In this class, Michael E. Rose, author of the Frank Delaney thriller series and former Chief of Communications for Interpol, will take you inside this well known but poorly-understood police organization. Rose will bust some of the myths and misconceptions about Interpol, and help you get things factually right if you refer to Interpol in your writing.

Dale Brown – ELEMENTS OF PLOT-BASED NOVELS

Description: Are you one of those authors who believe novels are about character, and character is why readers buy novels? Perennial best-selling author Dale Brown tells why plot-driven novels have a place in our world, how to put them together, and how to avoid pitfalls that can turn your characters into cardboard cut-outs.

Steve Berry – WHO’S TELLING THE STORY AND WHAT ARE THEY SAYING: POV And Dialogue

Description: None listed

Wednesday, July 8 | 10:30 am – 11:20 am

Carla Buckley & Jenny Milchman – CROSS-GENRE: What To Do When Your Thriller Is Also A…

Description: More and more books today exist outside of a single genre, or blend elements of multiple categories. Come learn from internationally bestselling author Carla Buckley and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author Jenny Milchman talk about what to do if you find yourself with a hybrid on your hands and how–even though such books can be harder to publish and market–they often become the breakout books on the bestseller lists.

Dr. Mike Tabor – TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME: How Dental Identification Helps Solve Forensic Mysteries

Description: How did forensics contribute in solving the identification mysteries at the World Trade Center? Or how exactly was Ted Bundy convicted? Or what does Lee Harvey Oswald’s death and MLK assassin James Earl Ray have in common? Find out these and other ideas for your next thriller!

David Corbett – THE CHARACTER OF CRIME: Creating Web In Crime, Mystery/Detective And Thriller Fiction

Description: Award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major sub-genres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller— and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

David Morrell – IT’S ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW

Description: ITW co-founder and Thriller Master David Morrell describes the various narrative viewpoints. Analyzing their pros and cons, David shows that without a properly chosen viewpoint, a story can’t come to life.

Wednesday, July 8 | 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Gayle Lynds – THE 8 SECRETS TO CREATING A BESTSELLING THRILLER

Description: What is the real foundation of thriller writing? Join Gayle Lynds and learn how to understand what you’re doing in your thriller, how to make it work for you, and how to weave together each aspect of writing – characters, plot, voice, story, etc.

Richard Krevolin – ADAPTING YOUR THRILLER FOR THE BIG SCREEN

Description: Ever think that your thriller would make a great movie? Well, take this course with script doctor and screenwriter Rich Krevolin (author of how to adapt anything into a screenplay) and learn how to transform your thriller into a script you can sell to Hollywood.

D.P. Lyle, M.D. – MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR WRITERS

Description: Does your character suffer from a heart attack, asthma, or diabetes? Does he or she receive a gunshot or stab wound, maybe an auto accident or broken leg? How are these diagnosed and treated? What are the complications and possible outcomes? Go to “Med School” with DP Lyle and learn how medicine really works from the street to the ER to ICU and OR.

Donald Maass – THE THRILL IS GONE

Description: Most thriller manuscripts are not genuinely terrifying. Learn how to use the universal secret ingredient that makes any type of thriller truly scary. Hint: It’s not what you think.

Wednesday, July 8 | 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Brenda Novak – EMOTION: The Heart Of The Novel

Description: When it comes to a good book, a reader might not recall the details of a certain plot or the physical characteristics of the various characters, but he will remember how the story made him feel. Citing several examples from a variety of works, Brenda talks about how to create an emotional connection with the reader and amplify its effectiveness. She also takes a look at the “icebergs” that can easily creep in and sink a story’s emotional impact.

Scott Silverii & Liliana Hart – REAL LIFE CASTLE: Writers And Cops Working Together

Description: Join New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Liliana Hart, and Chief of Police, Scott Silverii, Ph.D., as they discuss the importance of getting the facts straight in fiction, and how to cultivate a good working relationship between the writer and law enforcement.

Bruce DeSilva – YOUR SETTING – IT’S MORE THAN JUST A PLACE

Description: The setting for your novel is more than just the stage on which your story takes place. Done right, it affects everything from your characters’ world view to the actions they can and cannot take.

Anne Perry – PUTTING YOUR HERO IN A TIGHT SPOT

Description: With reference to moral and emotional dilemmas, it is usually hard to torture your hero, but it works well both for tension and for exploring beliefs, character etc, They don’t say, horns of a dilemma, for no reason.

Wednesday, July 8 | 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Peter James – KEEPING THE READ AND THE WRITER IN SUSPSENSE

Description: Peter James will talk on the art of establishing and maintaining suspense all the way through a mystery novel.

John Gilstrap & Chris Grall – DESTRUCTION AND CHAOS: Bullets, Bombs And Rockets Demystified, Part and Part II

Description: Join two experts and learn how the weapons and explosives really work

Carla Norton – PSST! SECRETS TO WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE

Description: Whether you’re writing a scene of subtle seduction, or ratcheting up suspense with an accusatory rant, your characters want to speak. In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to loosen their tongues and create distinctive voices while moving your plot forward. We’ll explore how sensory detail can enable your protagonist to “read minds” without straining credulity. You’ll discover techniques for turning mundane conversation into punchy dialogue. We’ll discuss the importance of point of view, word choice, and sentence structure. And you’ll see how questions, interruptions, and subtext can pick up the pace and breathe life into a scene. Dialogue samples will be provided, but bring your own short sections to work on as well. If you want to rid your manuscript of extraneous chitchat and dull exposition, this workshop is for you.

Greg Iles – ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING BESTSELLERS

Description: Why you need to stop trying so hard. Stop writing and start thinking. “Passive processing” is the key to writing novels that the reader falls into like Alice through the looking glass. Writing is the mechanical part of this business. If you were born to write, then it’s in the brain and heart where the real work is done. Learn to get out of your own way, and why every writing “problem” contains its own solution. Finally, embrace the fact that every successful writer is writing about himself—or herself—regardless of genre or even the narrator’s gender.

Wednesday, July 8 | 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Andrew Gross – OUTLINING OR NOT? How Much To Plan Out Before You Even Start Page One

Description: None listed

Robert Rotenberg – FIRST WORD, FIRST SENTENCE, FIRST PARAGRAPH

Description: The start of your novel is one the most important things if you want to write bestselling book. Robert Rotenberg’s seminar will be a hands-on tutorial, filled with examples, explanations and a close examination of your own opening words to make the first step in your manuscript the best it can be.

Jon Land – GETTING FINISHED: How To Go From A Great Idea To A Finished Book In Three Steps

Description: Negotiating the Beginning, Middle and End and how to move from one to the other.

Thursday, July 9 | 8:00 am – 8:50 am

Mark Billingham – THE RULES OF CRIME FICTION: What Are They And How Best To Ignore Them

Description: The “rules” of writing crime fiction have changed over the years. This session will cover why these rules are important to know, even if you choose to ignore them, and how, in the end, there are no bloody rules at all.

Gary Birken – HOW TO WRITE A SCENE OF MEDICAL SUSPENSE THAT DOESN’T COME OFF YOUR WORD PROCESSOR D.O.A.

Description: The class would help the attendee sharpen her or his medical scene writing skills whether that scene is part of a classic medical thriller or any other work of suspense. Some of the topics would include: seamless ways of imparting medical information through dialogue, not tiresome narration; injecting authenticity, excitement and tension into life and death and other gripping medical situations; creating unique but plausible murder/suicide scenarios; Familiarizing the attendee with resources available to acquire accurate, interesting, and, even, offbeat medical facts, and, finally, how to select your medical consultants.

Steven James – HOW TO WRITE YOURSELF OUT OF A CORNER

Description: Here’s the traditional advice: “Be careful that you don’t write yourself into a corner.” Well, first I’d like to debunk that axiom and show the advantages of writing yourself into a corner in the first place, in fact why it’s important that you do so: It will (1) allow for twists that readers never see coming, (2) stretch you as a writer, (3) increase reader engagement, (4) add mystery and suspense as readers try to figure out how all the plot threads are going to play out, and (5) help you avoid cookie-cutter stories. However, the meat of the presentation will be examining five practical steps for writing yourself out of the corners you might find yourself in: (1) Narrow your focus and then widen your viewfinder, (2) Let context reveal its secrets to you, (3) Find the twist that’s waiting in what you’ve already written, (4) Reseed your story to remove coincidences, (5) Look at the back of the fabric rather than the front.

Lorenzo Carcaterra – TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL: When To Do Away With A Character And The Reasons Why?

Description: None listed.

Thursday, July 9 | 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Dedi Felman – STORY DEVELOPMENT: From Book To Television

Description: Ever wondered why some books are quickly snapped up and made into successful television show while others are quickly passed over? Mystified by what kinds of stories and concepts studio execs and showrunners look for? Wish you could adapt your own novel for television as successfully as George R. R. Martin? If you’ve always dreamed of having your book adapted for TV and having a good experience with the process, it helps to understand the fundamentals of the craft of television writing.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of substance, structure, character, style, and principles of story construction used by top writers and executives from cable to network television.

Geoff Symon – SCENE OF THE CRIME: Perpetrating & Investigating Your Fictional Felonies

Description: When you need your book to have a clue. This course gives you the basic tools to investigate your own fictional scenes. Geoff Symon shares his 20-years experience as a Forensic Investigator in a class perfect for authors of every popular genre. We’ll hit the forensic basics, talk about evidence and determine what’s important to your story vs. what’s important to an investigator. We’ll wrap by going over one of Geoff’s actual scenes!

Allison Brennan – THE VILLIAN’S JOURNEY

Description: Once you understand that the villain is the hero of his own journey, you can create complex and believable bad guys worthy of your hero.

Charlaine Harris – REMEMBER ME

Description: Charlaine Harris will talk about secondary characters who stick with the reader, and how to construct them. Sure, your protagonist is the most important character, but don’t ignore the people who surround her/him.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Writing

 

Would Lincoln Have Survived With Modern Medical Treatment?

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Lincoln’s assassination took place 150 years ago this evening. He died the next day, April 15, 1865. Since he lived overnight, could modern medicine techniques have saved him? Here is a question that appeared in my second Q&A book—FORENSICS AND FICTION

Would Abraham Lincoln Have Survived His Injuries Today?

Q: This is a pure curiosity question. Do you think that Lincoln could have been saved if they had today’s medical knowledge, techniques and equipment in 1864?

Martha Kuhn, Mt. Gilead, Ohio

A: Most likely, yes. He was shot in the back of his head, and the bullet apparently entered his brain. He lived for many hours so the shot was not immediately fatal. A surgeon probed the wound but feared removing the bullet, since it might cause bleeding. He probably should have, but we’ll never know.

Similar wounds today are treated by a trip to the OR, removal of the bullet, controlling bleeding, and preventing any subsequent infection. He would have had at least a 50 percent chance of survival. And since he survived several hours anyway his survival with modern techniques would likely have been much higher.

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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Medical History, Medical Issues, Trauma

 

Crime and Science Radio: FROM CRADLE TO COURT: CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATOR LISA MAYHEW

Join Jan Burke and me on Saturday April 11, 2015 as we welcome Lisa Mayhew, child death investigator to the show.

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BIO: With both her bachelor and master degrees in Child Development, Lisa Mayhew has worked as a child development specialist in North Carolina since 1992. She has provided direct therapy services to children, as well as providing consultation and training within North Carolina and across the US in areas related to child development. She specializes in the 0-3 year population, children with special needs and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has served as the Child Death Investigator/Trainer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2000 conducting investigations of child deaths statewide, and providing assistance in investigations to local and state agencies. In addition, Lisa operates the Child Death Investigation Training Program in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy to agencies statewide involved in the investigation of child fatalities. She provides training to local and state law enforcement agencies across the US, and is the author of  Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court available through Carolina Academic Press. She served as a consultant in the development of the Infant/Child Death Investigation Kit with Tri Tech Forensics and is an instructor for their training institute. Her trainings are also offered through the Public Agency Training Council.

LISTENhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspensemagazine/2015/04/08/crime-and-science-radio-with-special-guest-lisa-mayhew

LINKS:

North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner http://www.ocme.dhhs.nc.gov

North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Program (this page includes links to several reports) http://www.ocme.dhhs.nc.gov/nccfpp/index.shtml

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina http://www.preventchildabusenc.org

CDC Statistics – Child Mortality http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/child-health.htm

CDC 10 leading causes of death by age group (PDF files and charts) http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leadingcauses.html

Reuters story on UNICEF 2012 report on violence against children http://rt.com/news/185256-us-unicef-children-homicide/

PDF of study from Child Welfare Bureau of the Dept of Health and Human Services on Child Abuse Neglect and Abuse Fatalities 2012 https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/fatality.pdf

 

Book Review: Compulsion by Allison Brennan

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Compulsion by Allison Brennan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pub Date: April 7, 2015

ISBN-10: 1250035023

ISBN-13: 978-1250035028

384 pages

Maxine “Max” Revere is tough, smart, focused, relentless, and doesn’t suffer fools well. These characteristics work well for the well-known, well-respected investigative journalist. They also lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine. When she turns her lens on Adam Bachman, who is on trial for a series of murders, she opens doors to her past, her family, and her own weaknesses. Was Bachman a lone killer or did he have a helper? More than one helper? Max believes so. Few buy her theories and as she tries to prove them wrong, she discovers things are not as she suspects. Not even close. Was this all a set up? A trap just for her? And if so, why? And by whom?

This is a well-plotted, crisply written thriller that is impossible to put down. Highly recommended.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Book Review

 

DNA Phenotyping: Real or Wishful Thinking?

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Genotype means what your DNA is like. Phenotype means what you look like. No doubt your genotype dictates much of your phenotype, but can your DNA be used to create your image? Maybe, maybe not.

For law enforcement and forensic scientists, the question becomes: Can investigators use a DNA sample to create an image of a suspect? The creators of the SNAPSHOT technology believe so. This complex system looks at the areas of the DNA sequence (genotype) that are known to affect our appearance (phenotype). By analyzing these sequences, they believe they can create a reasonable likeness of the person.

This is obviously a new technique and much more study is required, but if it proves to be useful, it would offer a great tool to law enforcement. Having a DNA sample is one thing, but creating a suspect’s image from that would be a critical bit of evidence in tracking and identifying perpetrators.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in DNA

 

Crime and Science Radio: Forensic Science On Trial: The Honorable Donald Shelton On Forensic Science And The Courts

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Join Jan Burke and me as we welcome Judge Donald Shelton to Crime and Science Radio as he discusses the CSI Effect and many other legal issues.

BIO: Currently the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan, the Honorable Donald E Shelton served as as the Chief Judge in the 22nd Judicial Court — the Washtenaw County Trial Court, where he had been a circuit court judge from 1990 until his retirement from the bench last year. In addition to his law degree, he has advanced degrees in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Judicial Studies, and has taught at the college level since 1971. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and studies on forensic science evidence and the judicial system — as well as other topics concerning criminal justice. Two of his most recent works are Forensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty-first Century and Forensic Science Evidence: Can the Law Keep Up With Science?

LISTENhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspensemagazine/2015/03/06/crime-and-science-radio-with-special-guest-the-honorable-donald-e-shelton

LINKS:

Links to Selected Works of Hon. Donald E. Shelton http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/

Selected works on Research Gate http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Donald_Shelton/publications

Curriculum Vitae of Hon. Donald E. Shelton http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/cv.pdf

“Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases” The Judges’ Journal, American Bar Association 49.3 (2010): 18-24. http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/17/

“Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases: Perceptions and Reality About the “CSI Effect” Myth” Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 27.1 (2010): 1-35. http://www.npr.org/documents/2011/feb/shelton-CSI-study.pdf

“Criminal Justice System Sees ‘CSI Effect’,” Tell Me More, National Public Radio, August 6, 2007, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12525741

“The ‘CSI Effect': Does It Really Exist?” National Institute of Justice Website, http://www.nij.gov/journals/259/pages/csi-effect.aspx

“Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton will retire in September, ” The Ann Arbor News, April 08, 2014

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/chief_washtenaw_county_judge_w.html

Studying Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence: A New Model for Looking at the CSI Myth

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1357&context=ajacourtreview

An Indirect-Effects Model of Mediated Adjudication: The CSI Myth, the Tech Effect, and Metropolitan Jurors’ Expectations for Scientific Evidence

http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/15/

Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases

http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/17/

 
 
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