MARRIED TO HIS JOB: Kenneth Branagh plays an overworked, angst-ridden Swedish detective in the British TV series Wallander.© 2013 BRITISH BROADCASTING COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Never off the clock

Christians from G. K. Chesterton to P. D. James have noted the implicit theology of the murder mystery. When humanity is desecrated through the wrongful taking of life, blood always cries out from the ground. And every murder mystery requires a murderer—a violator of divine and human law—who must be caught. The fact that murder mysteries are not much like murder cases in our justice systems is beside the point. The bigger point remains: we live in a moral universe where justice will prevail—whether now or in the Judgment.

 

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