RARA-AVIS: Re: Silent Joe

From: Marianne Macdonald ( marianne.macdonald@lineone.net)
Date: 21 Aug 2002

On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at 07:04 PM, RARA-AVIS Digest wrote:

> Doesn't count; SLIENT JOE's a police procedural.

Well, of course I'd have to bow to your expertise, but I do have problems with extending the definition so widely that it includes a book with a protagonist who doesn't think of himself as a "real" cop yet, whose actions are seen by other police officers as pushing the boundaries all the time and as being one step from unacceptable, who is on leave from police duties throughout, and whose motive is to avenge his father's murder, even if we do accept his statement that he merely wants to arrest the villain rather than kill him.... Interesting.

I think we may have to agree to disagree on this one. Personally, I think I've taken a big step with the DI suggestion towards understanding why I decided a while ago that I find police procedurals generally boring, while still enjoying certain examples. I will look for more Kellerman. Does anyone have any specific recommendations?

I've been meaning to say to Joy:
> I'm getting the overall impression from these books so far that a great
> deal--most?--living quarters in the UK are public housing.
No. Though more in some areas than others. If you get a British book where the action largely takes place in local authority housing, you are in working-class-noir land. I understand that "council estates" = "projects"?


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