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‘True Detective’ Writer on What Makes Detective Stories So Compelling

True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto talks to Vanity Fair about the second season of his hit anthology show, which focuses on an entirely different set of characters,story and setting. In fact, one of the only throughlines it keeps is sticking to characters who are detectives.

Why? “It puts you in everything. That’s why they’re great engines for stories,” Pizzolatto says. “They go everywhere. A detective story is really just the way you tell a narrative—you start with the ending. At the end, this person is dead. Now I’m going to go back and piece together the story that led to it…. It’s about the final unknowability of any investigation.”