It is no coincidence that many of the best stories require that somebody put an end to somebody else--if possible, with extreme malice. Murder, or at least its immediate threat, crystallizes like nothing else the fleet ing sloppiness of life. But there's something deeper we intuit about this transaction that makes most of us fans of mayhem and homicide, in novels, plays, films, and the news: the raw chord of familiarity such stories strike in our own... More >>>