Jo Nesbø on alcohol
I found out how one writer handled this question thanks to an interview with Jo Nesbø (and a big, fat hat tip to Euro Crime for pointing the way). Here's what Nesbø had to say about one of the generic traits of such detectives:
"From the outset I knew that the main character had to have an Achilles heel, an inner demon, to ensure that he not only experiences tension outside, but on the inside, too. And that was to be alcoholism. But I didn't want the standard, cliché, American hard-boiled detective ... (w)ith a cool thirst. This had to be uncool thirst with alcoholism as his kryptonite. He is derailed by it."
© Peter Rozovsky 2008
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