How would you react if you were told that your two young children were murdered?
And then, not only have you seen their dead bodies at the morgue, but you are being interrogated by The District Attorney about your love life.
Kitty Keeler is not a woman to take accusations of murder lightly.
Dorothy Uhnak, Policewoman in The NYPD for 14 years, draws from her experience to bring us a character that has all the traits of a femme fatal.
She slid around in the chair and blazed at the men standing on the side of the room. “You bastards been having fun? Listen you,” she turned back to Neary, “you want to know about my love life, my sex life, you just ask me. Ask me and I’ll tell you whatever the hell you want to know to get your kicks, to make your day.” She leaned back in the chair, folded her arms, tilted her head to one side. “And that’ll save you time, so you won’t have to send all these goddamn overpaid son-of-bitches digging into my private life. And then maybe, maybe, you can start finding out who killed my kids.” Her anger fed itself, generated an even greater fury, strengthened her, made her more than equal to deal with all of us.
Is Kitty sincere? Do you believe her distress?
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There are millions of blogs on writing and after looking at a few I realized that I could spend the rest of my writing career reading them and not really writing.
Of course, I’m not trying to discourage anyone from getting information from a blog. There’s lots of good information out there. You simply have to know what you’re looking for.
One writing blog I found of particular interest is Sara Paretsky’s blog http://saraparetsky.wordpress.com/. I followed her V I Warshawski series when they first came out and she was of fundamental inspiration in the creature of my detective, Alice Vireo. On Sara Paretsky’s blog I came across the link http://www.womenofmystery.net/ and discovered this:
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Celebrations are being held throughout the country to honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It is her only major work
Another writer who was significant in the development of my Alice character was Dorothy Uhnak. Her book Policewoman is doggy-eared. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Uhnak
Policewoman is an account of Uhnak’s experiences as an NYPD detective. She eventually quit because of discrimination. Voltaire’s Professor Pangloss would surely claim that all is for the best. And that had it not been for discrimination she might not have written Law and Order and all her other award wining books.
To which Conégonde would reply, does there always have to be suffering?