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Crimea from grass root

George Pelecanos and the TV series The Wire show us the people behind the crime statistics.


The key scene in the crime novel The Night Gardener is not a haunting confrontation with the serial killer who has haunted Washington DC since 1985. Nor does it take place when the investigator suddenly sees a new context in the puzzle -

the pieces he has collected from documents, shabby bars and street scouting.

No, the key scenes in the fourteenth novel by modern crimefighter George Pelecanos occur each time murder investigator Gus Ramone steps over the doorstep, hears the sound of "Summer Nights" from the musical Grease from the TV, smells of onions and garlic from the kitchen, and realizes that both daughter and wife are at home. "They are here and they are safe," he thinks every time, wondering more and more whether teenage son Diego is home, or has been in trouble.

Crimea and emotion

In a space Christmas interview with Dagbladet, Gert Nygårdshaug, the author of the quirky Fredric Drum books, thanked himself for what he called "typical women's crime". "In this kind

In criminal literature, I find it immaterial how love life and privacy unfold. It would have ended up as a hybrid, a hopeless crime, "he said.

Of course, Nygårdshaug aims at books where affixed love stories provide

romantic tension and sheet action for sleep-deprived private detectives and hard-boiled police

researchers, but at the same time today's best crime stories are those that place the "who did it" mystery safely in the background, instead of concentrating on the social ripple effects of crime and the kind of people who hide behind worn-out clichés like The Tired One. . .

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