Sunday, April 19, 2009


Yesterday's quotation came from California Fire and Life by Don Winslow.

I thought it was relevant because of the current recession, the violent reaction of British cops to the G20 demonstrators, and the fact that Don Winslow won the Palle Rosenkrantz Prisen awarded by the Danish Crime Academy in 2008. 

Previous winners include Karin Alvtegen, Hakan Nesser and Peter Robinson.


Blogger Philip Amos said...

Very interesting indeed. I was going to have a stab at this with Ian Rankin, but then I had the thought that the quotation seemed a little idealistic. Lying, brutal, feloniously inclined cops in the RCMP are usually condemned to a life of steady promotions, although an awful lot of people here are hell-bent upon making sure that is not the case with the four responsible for the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.

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Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Philip, I will google up the Robert Dziekanski death.

I know some wonderful ex cops and they will be the first to admit their are bad apples in the barrow.
The stress of the job is such that the suicide rate is almost as high as in farmers, dentists, and vets. The constant steady promotions for the corrupt and incompetent cannot be good for morale or mental state.
We enjoy the fictional successes of cops like the Rebus and Harry Hole but in the real world they would be sacked or found down a dark alley with a hole in their heads. Poor Montalbano would be banished to traffic duty in downtown Palermo.

6:56 AM  

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