Another terrific post from Margot Kinberg, in which she includes Behind the Night Bazaar among crime fiction novels that raise questions about how justice might best be served. I am particularly excited to have someone pick up on this aspect of my first book, as it was a major challenge for me to write an ending that was credible and yet not entirely cynical.
In a good crime fiction novel, especially one in which there’s a murder, there’s a certain sense of justice when the ‘bad guy’ is caught. There’s something to be said for a novel in which we get that sense that order will be restored and the culprit will go to prison. But the fact is it’s not always that easy. As crime fiction shows us, sometimes the best outcome (or the least harmful outcome) doesn’t involve prison at all. In these novels there’s a real question of what justice actually is, and the sleuth has to decide what the best outcome in a situation is. This sort of novel encourages one to question one’s assumptions, and it also allows for a real layer of interest. There are a lot of novels that raise this kind of question; space only allows me to mention a few of them.
One of the…
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