February 03, 2006

To valour

In Faye Kellerman's Straight Into Darkness, the protagonist, a policeman called Berg, is called to the scene of a murder. This is the second woman killed in two days. Here's a brief passage from there.
    Berg stood suddenly and felt his head spin. Despite the cold, he broke out into a sweat. He wasn't used to seeing the aftermath of murder in such explicit detail. 'What kind of madman would do such a thing?'

    Kolb was pensive. 'It is amusing, Berg. If you kill two women, you are a madman. If you kill thousands, you are a general leading your troops to valour.'

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