Once a 'perp
' is spotted they are followed, the driver stops the car occasionally but one of the team always has 'eyeballs' on the suspect.
The villains here--Weaver and Chiles--are equally well drawn and as the story shifts perspective between detective and perps
, readers gain full vision of the motivations and actions of each.
It's a bit like a perp
. Our cross on the ballot paper is a perpetual bond with each government we elect.
The value of the feature was brought home in the final drill in which you were seatbelted in a patrol car with your shotgun locked in the trunk and a perp
was shooting at you from the 100-yard line.
But the Sandman's little helpers may be fueling a rise in bad behaviors ranging from binge eating to sex--which the snoozing perps
claim to have no memory of in the morning.
McMahon (American International U., London) goes to the primary sources to find the various perps
, vics and other topics, including the supernatural beings who people thought lent a helping hand in solving murders, the appalling number of murdered infants, the various husbands, wives and other family members who went mysteriously missing, the role of gender in murderous mothers and choice of weapons, child-killers, brawling and dueling, serial killings and sex crimes.
The particular elements that made the traditional green paradigm inoperable at Cartersville--the lack of identifiable "corpses" tied to "perps
," the dispersal of health effects over a huge geographic area, the difficulty of enforcing command-and-control-type regulations-are not aberrations in the eco-wars.
Police stepped up intelligence on the youths, monitoring the proliferation of crews, confiscating writers' black books, interrogating graffiti perps
, and raiding writer's homes.
"If our investigators identify someone they feel is a likely homeworker, then they merely follow that person to where they may go....If it is in a manufacturing area and you see a person carrying a well-worn shopping bag, and particularly if there are several people doing that, going in, the chances are quite good that it is going to be homework when you get in there." Hardened perps
in the home knitting racket presumably could also be identified by their tendency to carry around with them long needles and wicker baskets for the concealment of their contraband.
"Rehabilitation" seems to have faded from the American vocabulary along with such archaic notions as "hope" and "social spending." The students who want him kicked out: assume that what you are at age nineteen is pretty much what you'll be at thirty-nine--which is not surprising, given that our criminal justice system is now prepared to try kids not much older than Sherrice as full-blown, grown-up perps
. The throw-him-out faction argues that he doesn't "deserve" the elite education he is getting, as if education were a commodity rather than a potentially challenging and life-changing process.
Feel free to suppress public expressions of cynicism, but don't punish the perps
. Managers tell me that their cynics may be irritating, but they're usually productive and reliable--and less demanding than those who believe in rosier scenarios.
Benedict has some excellent ideas for improving the sex-crime beat: injecting feminist accounts of male violence into journalism schools; avoiding stereotyping language; doing follow-ups that tell the reader what eventually happens to victims and perps
. (The Rideout case turned into a media joke when the couple reunited, although this is a common pattern in violent relationships; by the time he beat her again and she left him again, no one was interested.)