doesn't Hoke Moseley come pretty close to doing this in "New Hope For
The Dead"? he lets that woman get away with murdering her stepson in
exchange for her house.
it doesn't really kill the narrative though, because the murder is not
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> <coatesl@> wrote:
> > Seems to me that a detective who takes the money and walks off,
> leaving the murder unsolved, would also be a narrative scandal. If we
> knew that the detective could pin the murder on someone, but declines
> to because he or she is corrupt in a corrupt world, or for some other
> motivation, that might be a satisfying story. Otherwise, I dunno.
> Joe Puma would do it... and I am sure that Ross Thomas could write you
> a character that does exactly that. We are used to an assumed morality
> (or at least professional ethics) for the PI, but that doesn't mean
> it's written in stone. Fast Lane is a very good example of subversion
> in recent PI fiction... it can be done.
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