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“J” is for Justice — A to Z Blogging Challenge

My topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is

Elements of Crime Fiction.

I am a great fan of detective novels. Cosy mysteries, police procedurals, psychological thrillers– you name it. For the month of April I am going to try and break up crime fiction into its components and see what makes it tick.

My topic for today is :

JUSTICE

Readers of crime fiction like a detective story to finish neatly. The perpeetrator of a crime should be found, sentenced and duly punished. In short, justice should prevail.

In most detective novels this pattern is faithfully followed. the guilty person is apprehended and lead away y the police. In many cases such as the Sherlock Holmes,Peter Wimsey, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stories, thr culprit is identified by a private detective or amateur sleuth and presented to the authorities.

Some crime writers break this mould. they allow the bad guy to outrun the long arm of the law. Justice is dispensed in the form of a natural calamity befalling the guilty person or some accident happening as an act of God.

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