By Dorothy B. Hughes
“It used to be magnificent what previous reviews remembered might do to a most likely expert, civilized man.” And Hugh Denismore, a tender general practitioner riding his mother’s Cadillac from l. a. to Phoenix is eminently knowledgeable and civilized. he's privileged, would appear to have the realm at his ft. Then why does the sight of some redneck children disconcert him so? Why is he reluctant to choose up a matted woman hitchhiking alongside the wilderness street? And why, while she is came upon, lifeless, in Arizona, is he the 1st individual the police suspect?
Dorothy B. Hughes ranks with Raymond Chandler and Patricia Highsmith as a grasp of mid-century noir. In books like In a Lonely position and Ride the crimson Horse she uncovered a seething discontent beneath the veneer of 20th-century prosperity. With The Expendable Man, first released in 1963, Hughes upends the conventions of the wrong-man narrative to convey a story that engages readers while it implicates them within the maximum of all American crimes.
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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.