RE: RARA-AVIS: Profesionals and amateurs

Date: 24 Feb 2003


Re your question below:

> But doesn't "taking a dive" mean that they have
> turned their backs on
> their professionalism, so it no longer protects
> them?

"Professionalism," at least in the sense that I meant it, isn't a religion or a talisman. It's a way of making a living.

All I meant is that, as a GENERAL tendency, you're less likely to meet either amateur detectives or amateur criminals in a hard-boiled mystery than you are in a "traditional" ("cozy," "teacake," call it what you like) mystery.


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