Carl Hiaasen’s “Etiquette at a Crime Scene”

This is a great column from 1986 by Carl Hiaasen who started out writing for newspapers but has become an excellent novelist.

“Etiquette at a Crime Scene” is also in his collection Kick Ass.

An example from the column which is written as Q and A:

Q. What about souvenirs?

A. Usually it’s unwise to try to collect souvenirs from a crime scene. Bullet fragments, shell casings, hair samples, ski masks, money satchels, bloody clothing—sure, the stuff would look swell in the rec room next to your bowling trophies. But, please, the crime lab gets first dibs.

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