By Elmore Leonard
Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had had just one affair in his twenty-two years of satisfied matrimony. regrettably anyone stuck his indiscretion on movie and now desires Harry to fork over 100 grand to maintain his infidelity a mystery. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer and his affiliates plan to press much tougher -- as much as and together with murder, if beneficial. however the psychos picked the inaccurate pigeon for his or her murderous rip-off. simply because Harry Mitchell doesn't get mad...he will get even.
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Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs, for example, commonly are obliged to attend regular meetings and to participate in other club-related events (Barker, 2007). Rules on how to behave on these occasions supplement the more basic rules, such as the Hell’s Angels rule “No using dope during a meeting” (Barger, 2001: 46). Obligations of secrecy can also be understood as rules that protect the continued existence of associational criminal structures. Not disclosing privileged information reduces the threat of outside interference from law enforcement and from other criminals (Reuter, 1983).
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Directly or indirectly, however, the rules also beneﬁt the individual members, namely by making the behaviour of those they interact with and rely on more predictable and thereby reducing the complexity of the reality they face (Haller, 1992). Rules Primarily in the Interest of the Association as Such The norms and values that govern associational criminal structures can be roughly grouped with respect to their functions with some mainly pertaining to and beneﬁting the associational criminal structure as such and some primarily beneﬁting individual members.