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So, in my minimal spare time, I have been reading the few (mostly bad) English books that are traded around here. And I have to share with you the following because, seriously, guys, I can't believe this.

This is Booked to Die by John Dunning ("A joy to read," NY Times Book Review). And it's all intro and too-forced genre style, and then I got to page 27 and:
Somewhere, somehow, I was missing something: I didn't know what. I had stepped off the treadmill way back when and didn't know how to get on again. I was molded by a conservative father; I had rejected him and everything he stood for, I'd fought in the last stages of Vietnam, returned a fiery liberal, and slowly, over the past decade, I had watched those values trickle away as well. Today I'm a mess of contradictory political views. I believe in human rights: I liked Jimmy Carter for that reason alone, although I later came to believe that he had sold out his own cause in the game of pure politics. I think the Miranda ruling has generally been good, though the public will never know what a pain it can be to work with. I believe in due process, but enough is enough: I'm a fan of a just and swift execution where vicious killers are concerned. It's just ridiculous to keep a guy like Ted Bundy on death row for ten years. I don't believe it when psychologists tell me the death penalty doesn't deter -- take a look at kidnapping statistics in the 1930s, when it was made a capital crime after the murder of the Lindbergh baby, before you argue with me. I think justice started collapsing under its own weight when they let shrinks into the courtroom. The plain fact is, for some murderers, I just don't care whether they were incapable of reason, were whipped as children for wetting the bed, or had a mother who bayed at the moon. Gasc, Bundy, Manson, Speck -- you'll never make me believe that the world is a better place with that quartet alive and kicking. I hate abortion, but I'd never pas a law telling a woman she couldn't have one. I believe in the ERA, find it hard to understand why two hundred years after the Bill of Rights we're still arguing about rights for half our people. I like black people, some of them a lot. I supported busing when it was necessary and would again, but there's something about affirmative action that leaves me cold. You can't take away one man's rights and give them to another, even in a good cause.

I was burned out, and never more than today.
That is two pages of text in the middle of the setup of the crime. Oh my god. I had to bail immediately. We get the author's character's views on abortion and capital punishment. I like black people. OH MY GOD.

I'm boggling again just having typed it up, actually. WTF.

Date: 2009-08-19 10:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
Heh. I read that book ages ago and I actually really liked it - mostly because the mystery went into the details of bookbinding and whatnot and I just found it fascinating.

I don't remember that passage, though. Eek.

Date: 2009-08-19 08:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] toft
Aaah! Aaaaaaah!

It reminds me of a late Agatha Christie I once read which paused halfway through the book for the author's character's views on the modern treatment of mental illness, and it then happened MULTIPLE TIMES through the book, all different characters, all the same views. God.


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