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“Tess tried to envision what the world might be like today if [Al] Capone had fallen in love with his life here [in Baltimore] and decided to go straight. But the one thing she knew about history is that there is no shortage or men—or women—willing to step forward and play the role of villain. It’s not unlike the NCAA tournament: The top seed may not win, but someone has to. That’s why she could never warm up to science-fiction plots where people traveled back in time, intent on assassinating Hitler or Stalin, John Wilkes Booth or Timothy McVeigh. There would have been another Capone or McVeigh, another St. Valentine’s Day massacre or Oklahoma City bombing. Evil isn’t particular about its personnel.”

—Laura Lippman, In A Strange City (2001)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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