Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Is For Interrogate, Ice and...

I is For Interrogate, Ice and Irish Whiskey

Interrogation—question, to exactly. Interrogate suggests stronger, more intense investigation, perhaps even a little good cop—bad cop theatrics, or, a little strong arm inquisition.

The Oxford English Dictionary suggests interrogation asks questions of (someone) closely, aggressively or formally. I would imagine asking questions in a courtroom or a judicial hearing would constitute the 'formal' meaning of this word. The word interrogation—rather than a suspect merely being 'questioned' by police suggests, to me, a more threatening atmosphere. 

Romantic rivals questioning the captive romantic interest, of their lives, and his new partner suggests interrogation in both means and manner. Irish Whiskey pits the protagonist against a pair of female rivals ready to extract punishment if their interrogation does not net them the answers they want. Ransom is their stated motive for the safe release of the two lovers. Murder is the perceived end if the protagonist cannot figure out a way to thwart their efforts. Her lover is the main object of the twin antagonist's bitter scheme of revenge with benefits.

Sometimes feminine wiles are the effective weapon in interrogation, sometimes. There is nothing worse, so they say, than a woman scorned. Are they right? Cricket Sawyer wrote Irish Whiskey to test that theory, I think. 

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sue berg said...

I read (read that "listen to") a lot of books by British authors and they often refer to "Helping the police with their inquiries" as another level of the questioning / interrogation hierarchy. In the books, the "helping" level, is often seen by the public as "this person is perceived to be guilty but the police aren't going to say so yet." Whereas, the police often just mean, "we're going to question this person because he or she may have seen or heard something that will help us and is not even a suspect at all."

T. Forehand said...

Great post, love reading what other writers come up with because it teaches me more about the written word.