In Lieu of an Afterword
In this chapter, the author discusses two dreams that he had had after watching a substantial number of Law & Order episodes. The first of these had do to with his being surprised to find that he was holding the wallet of a main character of this series, the Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy, while in the second this same character strode directly toward the author, greeted him by name, and then vigorously shook his hand as if with this gesture he were imparting something to the author. The series would follow a basic formula. Each episode would start, not with the corpse of a murder victim, as was the case with the original Law & Order series, but in the manner of Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial, with a bewildering and inexplicable arrest.