1. When writing a scene where a fictional hit squad hunkers down in a real-life roadside motel, it’s a good idea to verify that the motel is still in business. Because that’s how I discover that the place is not only still going strong, but has rebranded itself as “the southwest’s largest gay resort.”
2. Every profession has its euphemisms. Politicians don’t call it “lying” — they call it “pretexting.” No, wait… it’s skip tracers who call it pretexting. Politicians call it “attack ads.”
3. Finding out whether the FBI has an office in Roswell, New Mexico might take some time, because Googling “FBI Roswell” brings up nothing but pages and pages of UFO hysteria. If you’re in Roswell and need help from a federal agent, call 911.