No specific examples are leaping to mind right now, Dave, but I agree with
you that it's an infinitely familiar plot device -- cliché, one might even
say, and the antithesis of "unique."
'Course, there are a myriad examples of books with familiar storylines being
published, so that's not necessarily an ingredient that'll keep a book from
finding a publisher somewhere.
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> I heard a thriller writing talking the other night about how his latest
book has the
> "unique" plot device of having the detective investigating the crime and
> that he might be the guilty party. This immediately brought Hjortsberg's
> Angel to mind, as well as one of my own books, and vaguely reminded me of
> Cornell Woolrich book. I'm guessing this is actually a pretty common plot
> with the detective suffering blackouts, amnesia, etc., and am wondering
> books people here have read that use this.
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