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May 08, 2010



RE: the last point -- I always thought that the amateur sleuth story is really a kind of "Protagonist in Jeopardy" suspense story, even though it's a protagonist who puts him or her self into jeopardy.

Lexi Revellian

I read this nodding away to myself - yup, I've ticked all those boxes - then I got to point 5.

You have summed up the reason I halted my sequel (to a first book I'm pleased with) at about 12,000 words. With bacon and eggs, the hen's involved, the pig's committed. My heroine, alas, was the hen and not the pig.

Irv Sternberg

The more brilliant the amateur sleuth, the dumber the cop. How can this be avoided?

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