Friday, February 21, 2014
I'm really starting to think there are a lot of people out there who actually do not understand the difference between killing someone and murdering someone. In more than one of the reviews of my novel, A Death on the Wolf, a reader has referenced the "murder" toward the end. There is no "murder" in my book. The main character shoots someone in self-defense. Likewise, I just watched this interview of Donna Tartt (done in London) about her new novel, The Goldfinch. In her novel there is a shooting toward the end where her main character kills someone in self-defense. The interviewer asks Ms. Tartt about the "murder" in her novel, and rather than correcting the mistake, she essentially affirms the interviewer's assertion that the killing was a murder. Killing someone in self-defense is not murder. Period.