Check out this great post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the topic of the value of informal conversations and informants in crime fiction
Police and other professional investigators know that they aren’t always going to get the information they need by having people come to the police station or other offices. People may not want it known that they’re cooperating with law enforcement officials. Or, they may have other reasons for keeping their distance (at least in public) from an investigation (What if, for instance, a married person becomes a witness to a crime in a hotel, because of being there with a lover?).
But the information those reluctant witnesses may be able to provide can be critical. So, police know that they sometimes have to depend on much more informal meetings. Whether it’s an informant, a witness, or someone else who may shed light on a crime, good detectives sometimes meet with people at a pub, a café, or another informal place.
It happens in crime fiction, just as it does in…
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