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September 24, 2012

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Ronald Tierney

I agree. Writers of mysteries, plots that challenge the reader to participate in uncovering the murderer or the method, must play fair. If the writer wants to control the narrative in the way you describe, he or she shouldn't use that point of view. If the narrator is separate from the main character, it's fair. Most of what I write uses the main character as the POV and I would consider it cheating to have my primary character see something that the reader can't.

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