They say that you never forget your first. I’m talking about your first murder investigation, folks! Of course, the best detectives never get so hardened that dealing with murder becomes easy. But it’s especially difficult when you’ve never dealt with the ugly reality of what a murder really looks like before.
It’s interesting to see how that first experience is explored in crime fiction. Everyone handles it differently, so an author has a lot of flexibility when it comes to character and plot development. Whatever approach an author chooses to take, that ‘first murder’ experience can add to a story when it’s done credibly.
For example, In Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police, we are introduced to Benoît ‘Bruno’ Courrèges. He is Chief of Police in the small Périgord town of St. Denis. It’s not the sort of place that’s steeped in crime, so when Hamid Mustafa al-Bakr is…
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