RARA-AVIS: Out of Water

From: marianne.macdonald@lineone.net
Date: 02 Oct 2001

>By moving the
>detective off his turf, the writer is in effect weakening him, thereby
>creating natural conflict and suspense.
Excellent point! That's what I did this year - sent my protag into an Agatha Christie country village; it took her days to find out the extent of the drugs trade. A way not just of testing the detective, but of exploring a new kind of reality and of playing with the reader's preconceptions too. ( Of course she wasn't entirely without allies, thanks to her continuing total dependence on her cell phone...)


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