RARA-AVIS: The Reason It's Called "Isola"

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Oct 2001


Re your comment below:

> My only
> quarrel [with the 87th Precinct series], he sets the
> stories in
> a fictive city he calls Isoleta which is clearly New
> York, and I'm never sure
> of the purpose of that.

He'd written a few NYC-set police procedural short stories prior to starting the novels. (The shorts appeared under the "Hunter" byline and other names in magazines like ARGOSY and MANHUNT; some are collected in THE McBAIN BRIEF).

Anyway, when he started the novels he was finding that he was researching a lot more deeply into NYPD procedures. He was also finding that those procedures changed so rapicly that he had trouble keeping up. To give himself some wiggle-room, he fictionalized NYC so he'd have an excuse if he got some detail incorrect.


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