Mike Mercury wrote:
Hmm. The story where the killer or criminal gets away with it is one of the most basic kinds of crime stories though.
You may as well say that a story where the killer is punished is a cliche too, what is Brubaker supposed to do?
The way this story was written, it was setting up Riley for a big fall... and then it didn't happen. It subverted my expectations. Now obviously I'm not as well-read in the crime genre as you are Eli, but I do know some stuff. I do have some problems with the story, the pacing especially, but I think it was subversive and surprising.