Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2020

Loserthink

You wouldn’t expect a liberal (mostly) cartoonist like Scott Adams to be a leading voice in the attempt to change America.  Maybe not so much change America, but to return her to an era where its citizens thought before acting.  I am hopeful, but not confident that this will occur as history teaches about so many societies where their successes spiral into decay and then oblivion.  I often say that I am glad that I’m not twenty-something and have decades left to deal with unthinking people who are ever so happy to display their ignorance…loudly.

Fallen

Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series combines (generally) very disturbed characters both the criminals and the investigators.  Sometimes the “cops” seem much more damaged than the unsubs…they’re just not serial killers.  In Fallen, Faith, Will Trent’s partner, encounters a criminal encounter a little too close to home.  As her team works to resolve the apparently bloody abduction, she works hard to find the perpetrators as she tries to hold herself together.

“Competing sirens filled the air. Police cruisers. Ambulances. A fire truck. The call had gone out. Code 30.  Officer needs emergency assistance. Three men shot to death. Her baby locked in a shed. Her mother missing.  Faith sat back on her heels. She put her head in her shaking hands and willed herself not to cry.”