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Re: NOTW - ROGUE COP 1954 -- lists of Criminal Cops & Vigilante Cops
Posted by Don Malcolm on 9/1/2016, 9:56 am, in reply to "Re: NOTW - ROGUE COP 1954 -- lists of Criminal Cops & Vigilante Cops"
I see it originating from a rarely-employed plot device in mystery fiction and gaining traction in the development of a fear-mongering climate after WWII, and finally manifesting as a an allegorical surrogate for societal corruption in the years after the "second wave" of the Blacklist (1951). It seems to be pretty evenly divided between veiled leftist critique and extended red-baiting.