Cordite: why is it in contemporary fiction?

  “…Lee’s mind conjured up the nearest memory of darkness and gunfire: the dim stairwell in the Petersen’s house, the haze of cordite hanging in the air…” The Remaining: Aftermath by D.J. Molles published 2012 “This happened recently. I can still smell the cordite.” Dialogue from the film Collateral 2004   Let’s clear the air, … More Cordite: why is it in contemporary fiction?