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January 23, 2005

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Stuart MacBride

"a concern with politics, and with the transition from dictatorship to democracy"

How odd, we're all going the other way...

Steven

I was asked recently if I was worried about exposing difficulties in Puerto Rico. "After all," the argument went, "your books may introduce readers to the island, and the first impression they get is that there are many criminals."

It seems to me that this is, first of all, the job of any crime writer -- to expose the crime. What else can we do? But also, my books are not noir, so the hero wins. If people might get the impression that there is a lot of crime in Puerto Rico, hopefully they'll also get the idea that there are brave men and women who fight crime in Puerto Rico -- a lot of wrongs, but at least as many rights. This reflects my view of reality as well.

Cara

Martin said of a city..."But if you love it, you want to expose the grimey insides.  And that's what writing about a city that you love is like.  We write because we love these cities deeply, but also because we are very critical of them."
As Rebecca said, he makes an interesting observation. And I'd add because we can never truly encompass the city (like someone we love) completely, there's the push and pull, the tug of jealousy and knowing that what we love also contains what we hate.

Cara

Martin said of a city..."But if you love it, you want to expose the grimey insides.  And that's what writing about a city that you love is like.  We write because we love these cities deeply, but also because we are very critical of them."
As Rebecca said, he makes an interesting observation. And I'd add because we can never truly encompass the city (like someone we love) completely, there's the push and pull, the tug of jealousy and knowing that what we love also contains what we hate.

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