RARA-AVIS: verisimilitude

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 03 Apr 2001

Now I don't really care that much about verisimilitude in a crime novel as long as the book is internally consistent. (That doesn't mean I don't still cringe at real screw-ups.) I also realize that genre requirements and reality are often mutually exclusive and I'd probably choose genre over facts when it comes to a choice. So these two questions are really just curiosity. Does anyone know:

Is gallows humor at a crime scene real? Do cops really crack irreverent jokes over dead bodies?

Does blood really smell coppery? That's a genre cliche, but I've also read it has no smell.

Anyone know?


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