I just came across a great quote from Kinsey Millhone, Sue Grafton's clever private detective, from the alphabet series.
Kinsey: "I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record. I'd like to say I'm a big fan of forgiveness as long as I'm given the opportunity to get even."
So much of crime fiction deals with vengeance. It's all part of balancing things out. Someone does something bad to someone you love--or even to you!--and you want to get even. I think it's part of human nature, even though we learn as kids that we should "turn the other cheek" and even though we have also heard the flip side of that statement: "an eye for an eye."
So which is it? I began to read Sue Grafton's latest this morning-- Vengeance. Maybe I'll find out there. I'll let you know.