By Andrée A. Michaud
«C’est le prime meurtre qui est le plus difficile, mais l’habitude se crée rapidement... »
Portée par des airs de jazz, Andrée A. Michaud signe ici un polar dont le héros pénètre bien malgré lui dans un univers où l’ombre du doute se fait de plus en plus pesante, soumettant ainsi le lecteur à une stress qui ne se relâchera pas avant qu’il n’ait tourné l. a. dernière web page de cette troublante disagreement avec los angeles folie.
Qui est Lazy fowl ? Un oiseau infrequent ou un oiseau de malheur ? Une pièce musicale de John Coltrane ou une jeune fille perdue ayant un penchant prononcé pour le milk-shake, les gommes Bazooka et Jim Morrison ?
Toutes ces réponses se valent, mais l. a. véritable query est plutôt de savoir qui est los angeles mystérieuse femme hantant les nuits de Bob Richard, animateur de radio à l. a. station WZCZ de Solitary Mountain. Dès le jour où cet albinos marqué par son passé accepte de quitter le Québec et de s’exiler au Vermont pour y animer une émission de nuit, le variety en est jeté. Dans l. a. communauté de l. a. montagne solitaire, l. a. risk aircraft, puis les cadavres de femmes se succèdent pendant que l’étau se resserre inexorablement autour de Richard. Tout ça parce qu’une désaxée s’identifiant à l’héroïne d’un movie de Clint Eastwood surgit de los angeles fiction pour réclamer inlassablement au bout du fil : « Play Misty for me.. .»
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Neumeyer, Juvenile Delinquency in Modern Society, Second Edition, New York: Van Nostrand, 1955, p. 152 ; James F. , "Differential Association as a Hypothesis: Problems of Empirical Testing", Social Problems,8 (Summer, 1960), pp. 14-25; Trice, op. ; S. Kirson Weinberg, "Theories of Criminality and Problems of Prediction", Journal ofCriminal Law and Criminology, 45 (November-December, 1954), pp. 412--429. 21 See the statement on p. 19, above. 22 Op. , p. 182. "23 Such statements are not so much errors in interpretation of the differential association statement as they are errors regarding the role of theory, hypotheses and facts in scientific research.
10 A further complication in this regard arises because some crimes become known to the police only if a victim complains, while other offences become known by direct observation on the part of the police. Cases of drunken driving, for example, usually get into police records only if observed by a policeman, while cases of burglary usually become known to the police as a result of a report by the victim. The ratio of offences committed to offences known probably is greater for those offences that get into police records only when observed by the police than for those which get into the reports as a result of complaints by victims.
63--65. 36 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY and sometimes as "forgery," making it impossible to get a close estimate of the amount of variation in time of anyone of these offences. 12 Fifth, when comparisons are made, the mere number of crimes known to the police is not sufficient. What is needed is statements of rates-the number of crimes in proportion to the number of population or in proportion to some other base. But determination of this base is sometimes almost as difficult as determination of the crime ratio itself.