From a Newsweek profile of David Baldacci, writer of 14 best-selling thrillers. (My mom reads him.)
“As a lawyer, as a private citizen, you see a lot of injustice. You see a lot of people who should have been punished and are not, and people who were punished wrongfully are not vindicated,” he says. “Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.”
Um, does he see anything self-reinforcing in that dialectic?