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    But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    But I'm not about to stake my case
    on the credibility of a perpie witness.


    I don't know what perpie means. I need help.


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    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano_CSI View Post
    But I'm not about to stake my case
    on the credibility of a perpie witness.


    I don't know what perpie means. I need help.
    A "perp" is the "perpetrator" of a crime, the criminal.
    In this sentence, the witness is a perp, a convicted criminal.

    I've never heard the phrase "a perpie witness" before, but the "ie" on the end is obviously added to make the phrase "a perp witness' easier to say, and more interesting and striking.

    The idea of the quote is that testimony from a perp (a criminal) will not be given much respect by jurors, so he doesn't want to let his whole case rest on the dubious evidence of a criminal.

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    #3

    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    Thanks Girl :)


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    Thanks Girl :)

    De nada, Big A!

    You're reading some good stuff!



    Or is it just watching TV?

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    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    just watching TV


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    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano_CSI View Post
    just watching TV

    Oh no, A-Man!

    Read a book, Mr. A-Meister!

    Read a book!

    True Crime
    In Cold Blood ~ Truman Capote
    Helter Skelter ~ Vincent Bugliosi
    The Onion Field ~ Joseph Wambaugh

    Forensics Novels
    Ridley Pearson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tough Guy Detectives
    The Big Sleep ~ Raymond Chandler
    The Spencer Novels ~ Robert Parker
    Robert B. Parker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    #7

    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    Ann,
    Are those a crime stories? I love reading crime stories, though it's hard to get a good one. I usually spend fortune on books, only to find out that they are not as good as the review has said.

    P.S. please accept my apologies for the other post. All I can say in my defence is that I took your words about the middle class too personally.
    I shouldn't have.


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    Re: But I'm not about to stake my case on the credibility of a perpie witness.

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Ann,
    Are those a crime stories? I love reading crime stories, though it's hard to get a good one. I usually spend fortune on books, only to find out that they are not as good as the review has said.

    P.S. please accept my apologies for the other post. All I can say in my defence is that I took your words about the middle class too personally.
    I shouldn't have.
    Hi, Misiania ~

    Yes, those are crime stories of "classic" stature. I wasn't sure what kind of crime story the A-man would like, so I tried to think of different categories -- different ways of going about telling a crime story.

    I left out of that list the "English country house detective" sort of thing, but those are extremely popular too.

    But if you select any book on that list, it will be one of high quality and critical esteem -- as well as extremely popular over the years.


    What kind of crime stories do you like best? I like true crime a lot, but I had a kind of bad experience with a true crime book I thought I was going to LOVE. It was "An Encyclopedia of True Crime" or something like that, with a couple of hundred noteworthy true murders in alphabetical order.

    But by the time I was through, I was starting to get all down, like when something happens that's so bad and scary that you feel depressed and anxious or something -- all these people absolutely unaware that they were about to be murdered -- and such terrible murders, and for such small reasons....

    it made it seem that life was too dangerous or something. : (

    It took me a week to get over it -- longer than it took to read it!

    But except for that one, I love to read true crime, police procedurals, and some detective and mystery stories.

    How about you?
    -------------------------------

    ps -- forget all about that other stuff. You have a right to say what you want, and we both have the right to go too far sometimes! LOL!

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