The following discussion was taken out of context, but is still hilarious.
Dad: “So if eight guys commit suicide in one neighbourhood in a short period of time, what does that give you?”
Me: “Well, if eight guys commit suicide and it’s proven to be suicide, then maybe you have a story about the societal or environmental effects that lead to their suicides — like if the neighbourhood is bad, or they’re living in abject poverty. That could be a good story. But if you’ve got eight suicides in the same neighbourhood over a short period of time, and there’s some doubt cast on whether they’re suicides or not, then you’ve got a Michael Connelly novel.”