“Crime is mankind on the edge, in extremis, but more than that, crime is mankind stepping outside of the norm…. A crime places everybody in the crucible.” So writes Elizabeth George in her introduction to A Moment on the Edge.
When all is said and done this is why crime fiction is so interesting to read and to write. It’s about us when everything is laid bare, when we’re in dire trouble. This, and the loving of a puzzle, and the satisfaction in a puzzle solved. These are the reasons for murder mysteries. More than enough!