Hi guys. My name is Dan and i'm from the UK. I am new to writing and have some good ideas in terms of where my plot is going. However, at 15,000 words in, I am struggling to pull the trigger on where I want to set the stage for my novel. I should have planned this first, maybe, but I started to write and just went with the flow. I am positive that it will take place in North America. I am using Detectives and Police Departments etc (it's a crime novel/thriller) but as to where specifically, i'm not sure yet. It will not be set in New York due to the popularity of the City and the already staggering amounts of crime shows/books and stories being told there. I'm thinking Chigago, and want to make it as authentic as I can. However, at the same time, I want to briefly use past events and criminals and people who have lived in Chigago (or another City) to tell my story. My question for you guys is: How far can I go? I have tried to do a search in regards to including real people/events in fiction, but I cannot specifically find what i'm looking for. Am I allowed (legally) to manipulate past events, or show people in a certain light? (this will be criminals, mostly, ie - people already in a bad light) Or is this considered immoral to do so? I would like my work to blend between mostly fiction, but also offer some real-life viewpoints on the side. For an example, if I used Al Capone as one of the criminals in my work, could I, basically, do whatever I want with his character? Any tips or help in regards to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Also throw in some relatively large cities for me to use for my work! My mind is not 100 percent set on Chicago. But I am reading a lot on police procedures and protocols, and North America is defintely the route I am going to take. Thanks in advance.