On Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:37:13 +0000, Paul Wolff
Post by Paul Wolff Post by Lewis Post by Paul Wolff Post by Garrett Wollman Post by Paul Wolff Post by tonbei
Then he added mixture A to B and told Wesley to hit the lights. A
couple of quick sprays, and
a bluish white neon glow appeared on the coffee table. It began to
fade almost as quickly as
it had appeared.
(Cruel and Unusual by P. Cornwell)
The real mystery is how they got a bluish white colour from the limited
neon emission spectrum with its preponderance of red.
"Neon" doesn't actually mean the element neon, it means "like a
Not when I say it. I know amateurs are apt to wander off the straight
and narrow (or is that strait and narrow?) but I'd expect an author who
purports to write about scientific investigations to take more care.
A neon light is not restricted to one containing neon gas. If you think
it is, then you're mistaken.
A neon light is one with the essential qualities of neon light, which
include the qualities of being (1) emitted by neon gas, and (2) red to
the human eye.
I can accept some substitutes, but not a bluish white colour. Only
Philistines make bluish-white neon lamps.
I'm going to side with Cornwell on this. The quoted material is about
using a black light on an area sprayed with luminol. When this is
done, the blood shows up as bluish white. This is a photograph of a
bloody fingerprint under those conditionsLoading Image...
Now to the use of "neon". "Neon" colors, in conversational use in the
US, mean unnaturally bright and exaggerated colors. See the image.
What Cornwell has written is not at all wrong for a police procedural
crime novel, and that's what's she's written. Cornwell is writing
about standard police crime scene investigation procedures using
non-scientific - albeit trained in the procedures - field people.
I don't see that it's at all objectionable to have them speak as they
I'll also take Cornwell's side on being a good read for "tonbei".
Cornwell's books are a simple, but not overly simple, read that
include a lot of standard dialog and standard vocabulary. That's
what, as I understand it, "tonbei" is looking for in order to improve
his grasp of English. He doesn't need Man Booker Prize material.
I read several of Cornwell's early books, but no longer check the new
ones out at the library. My loss of interest in her is because she's
become so popular that she's grinding out new books that often seem
like a re-do of an older book. Too frequently I can see where she's
going because I've read a previous Cornwell book, and that's a no-no
in crime solving book. Also, the later books far to often bring in
references to older books.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida