Gritty Crime Fiction Demands Justice For The Victim(s)

Gosh, I’ve been reading edgy crime fiction for years, both Christian and secular. Truth be told, until very recently I read a whole lot more secular crime fiction than Christian. Well, let’s be honest, there wasn’t a lot of gritty Christian crime fiction out there. Now things have changed. Christian writers are penning edgier crime ficiton novels.

I love a gritty crime scene, a lurid murder, a rollicking good autopsy scene. Why would that be?

There’s something in me that cries out for justice for the victim. I can handle a hero who smokes like a chimney and drinks too much, or a heroine who’s not much of a wife and mother. They can have major flaws. If I’m going to be a fan of the book, the one thing the main character must show is a passion for justice for the victim.

Some would ask, why do these authors have to tell you every single gory detail of the murder?
Well there’s something cathartic in telling the story. Crime victims who go to survivor’s groups like to tell their story, often over and over. It’s healing for them to share the details of the horror, fear, intimidation, and humiliation they’ve been through.

In my writing, I hope I’m an advocate for the crime victim. I strive to create heroes and heroines who demand justice for the victim(s).

About NikeChillemi

Nike Chillemi has a passion for crime fiction, particularly detective stories, police procedurals, and hilarious cozies. She writes literature that reads like pulp fiction, almost a journalistic style. She likes her bad guys really bad, and her good guys smarter and better. She is the founder and chair of the Grace Awards, a member of ACFW. She has judged numerous literary awards including the Grace Awards, Carol Awards, Inspy Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Awards. View all posts by NikeChillemi

2 responses to “Gritty Crime Fiction Demands Justice For The Victim(s)

  • Carol McClain

    Hey, Nike, I, too, prefer the edgier work. And, like you, I have a passion for justice. However, mine takes the form of contemporary fiction–more literary. But I love shows like Law and Order or In Plain Sight, because justice prevails. And I totally love flawed protag


  • Nike Chillemi

    I will follow a hero/heroine who seeks justice from book to book. I also watch Law and Order…though I don't watch much TV.Hey, wasn't Philly awesome?


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