Re: RARA-AVIS: Coincidence

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 17 Feb 2000

In those "complicated caper gone wrong" books, isn't the usual reason that things go wrong coincidence? I'm thinking especially of THE KILLING.


--- "Timothy S. Oliver" <> wrote:
> I've been reading McBain's The Last Dance. Time and
> again the crew at the
> 87th consider coincidence a normal factor in police
> work. I've always
> considered it a nearly universal theme in crime
> fiction that there's no such
> thing as coincidence.
> Also, use of coincidence as a plot device is
> considered a cheap trick in
> mystery writing, or so I've read.
> Any thoughts?


===== Doug Bassett
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