RARA-AVIS: Lone Wolf

From: abc@wt.net
Date: 20 Jul 2003

My idea is that American readers tend to like the idea that a single individual can often succeed where the bureacuracy
(as represented in detective stories by the police) can't. This goes all the way back to Poe. In "The Purloined Letter," for example, the police do everything they know to do, and they do it thoroughly and well. But Dupin is the one who comes up with the answer, to the astonishment of the Prefect of Police.

Bill Crider

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