The Inspector turned to study the young constable. They were alone in the building, so he spoke frankly with the novice officer: “Madness dwells within all of us. For everyone there is a moment when fear and false convictions reverberate within the mind, when our skewed self-talk drowns out all sensibility, when the pain of betrayal erodes our morals, when rage mutes all sanity and floods that instant with impulsive lunacy. You must understand this, Paul. Within that reckless moment, every one of us is capable of murder. Don’t think that prior friendship can protect someone from such madness.” Tremaine continued, trying to enlighten the naïve constable based upon his own past experiences, “The killer may well regret an instantaneous act of violence, but he cannot give back what he has taken. He can only hope to hide his insanity from others and from himself. So we must look everywhere and at everyone.”
-- Excerpt from The Tide Turns
This is the madness of murder. When I first wrote this passage, I was channeling Agatha Christie’s marvelous character Hercule Poirot, as portrayed by David Suchet for twenty-five years straight on television’s Masterpiece Mystery series.
I found unending pleasure during my travels to the UK but none as magnificent as when I visited the Greenway estate and stood beside Agatha Christie’s boathouse where Suchet once posed before the cameras. Yes—I’m a diehard fan, David!
You’ll find bits of Poirot surfacing in DCI Tremaine’s kindness, humility, and integrity—all essential qualities which offset the darkness that both detectives face in their work. As for Christie and Greenway, we'll revisit them in another blog post.
The victim may be one of the good God’s saints or—on the contrary—a monster of infamy. It moves me not. The fact is the same. A life—taken! I say it always—I do not approve of murder.
-- Excerpt from "Appointment with Death" by Agatha Christie
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