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.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

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.

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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  1. Angela – Thanks so much for passing along my blog post. It’s not easy to balance credible and cynical is it? But you address effectively the deeper issues of coping with the awful problem of human trafficking and I think you strike that balance.


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