The Doomed Detectives

“Cause PIs are doomed, man,” Doc continuing his earlier thought, “you could’ve seen it coming for years, in the movies, on the tube. Once there was all these great old PIs –Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, the shamus of shamuses Johnny Staccato, always smarter and more professional than the cops, always end up solvin the crime while the cops are followin wrong leads and gettin in the way.”

“Coming in at the end to put the cuffs on.”

“Yeah, but nowadays it’s allyou see anymore is cops, the tube is saturated with fuckin cop shows, just being regular guys, only tryin to do their jobs, folks, no more threat to nobody’s freedom than some dad in a sitcom. Right. Get the viewer population so cop-happy they’re beggin to be run in. Good-bye Johnny Staccato, welcome and while you’re at it please kick my door down, Steve McGarrett. Meantime out here in the real world most of us private flatfoots can’t even make the rent.”

“So why do you stay in the business? Why not get a houseboat up in the Sacramento Delta –smoke, drink, fish, fuck, you know, what old guys do.”

“Don’t forget piss and moan.”

Leído en “Inherent Vice”, de Thomas Pynchon

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