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Characters in Crime

Announcing the winners of the Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge

Last week we looked at characters in crime fiction and gave you the task of presenting us with original descriptions of compelling sleuths and villains. You did not disappoint. During our 12-hour challenge we received more than 1,400 entries.

featureda-crime-twitter.jpegWe hope that this challenge inspired you and that it’s not the last we’ve seen of your characters. Perhaps somewhere in those few lines is the beginning of the next great Canadian crime novel.

The shortlist for the prize was determined by the Crime Writers of Canada. You can check the finalists in our All-Stars posts:


Mystery writer Gail Bowen read through these Tweets and selected both her favourite good guy and bad guy. Both of their creators will receive an iPod Touch from Canada Writes.

So without further ado, here are the two winners of our Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge with a short quote from Gail on why she selected them.


Best tweet for Lawmaker:

It was a scene that always turned his gut.  "I never get used to it," he told the beat cop. "I used to think I could stop it."

Twenty-eight words that reveal a cop who has lost his idealism, but is determined to stay in the game. A quick sketch that makes readers want to know more about this world-weary, decent and haunted man. 


Best tweet for Lawbreaker:

"Shallow grave?" Lefty grunted as he crumpled his newspaper into a ball, "I spent over 3 hours digging that goddamn hole!"

Lefty is an easy guy with whom to empathize.  We've all done hard jobs well only to be met with a dismissive comment. Black comedy warmed by a very human bad guy--lovely!


Congratulations to @Bletch and @The Robbie Dillon.

And thank you to everyone else for playing. Stay tuned - Canada Writes launches its next writing challenge tomorrow.

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