May 30 2011 11:00am

Criminal Behavior: Blackmail’s Bloodless Intimacy

One of the great things about teaching is that looking at other writers’ unfinished work gets me thinking about knowledge I haven’t consciously claimed from my own mind, the assumptions and thoughts about the world that develop, like compost, as I accumulate life experience. Some of these ideas and observations are so ingrained that they don’t come up in my fiction, even when they should.

I was reading one such novel not long ago. The protagonist was in a jam, as protagonists usually are, and she had decided to set up and then blackmail the person who was causing her problems.

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