Least Favourite Plot Device Employed By Way Too Many Books You Actually Enjoyed Otherwise
I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries and there are several plot devices that are quite common. There is just one that I find slightly annoying. I’m sure you have come across it at some point:
Traumatized, overworked cop has a drinking issue or temper problem and is close to being dismissed.
Suddenly a mass or serial murderer is on the loose and, of all the cops in the city, only the above-mentioned cop is qualified to find the perp. He is then persuaded (often under duress) to take the case, which he then becomes obsessed with.
Often he is working with a rookie cop.
During the course of the investigation, he develops a love interest.
He has a hunch on the identity of the killer but no proof.
He is not believed and is warned by his superiors to stay away from the suspect.
His love interest becomes a target of the killer.
He saves her at the last minute.
Suddenly everybody is hailing the cop as a hero.
- Serial Murder: Difficulties within an Investigation (criminologyjust.blogspot.com)
- Day 22 of the 30 Day Book Challenge (talkingbookworm.com)