--- In email@example.com, "Frederick Zackel" <fzackel@...>
> Roberts wrote:
> "North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike
> working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The
> as a three-dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine
> with the Strike Force. He'd made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the
> "Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached.
> exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each
> then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn't buying bus
> He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up the buyer. Sure
> three bags of crack in the guy's pocket. Head downtown and book him.
> another day at the office."
> No jive. The dude's got a secret yearning ...
It sounds like he's channelling Ellroy... I wonder if people who have
to constantly read, write and talk the awful non-language that is
legal and formalistic language (also archaic) don't end up so sick of
it that they yearn for the hardboiled style. The hardboiled style is,
after all, the style of the street. People in the street don't bother
with moreovers and notwithstandings. They don't deal in words for the
sake of words.
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