Recently, my son (age 13) asked about the book we were currently reading. I told him it was a murder mystery, at which point, he asked if I had figured out “who done it.” Well, readers, that part was easy, at least from our perspective. It is revealed from the very beginning who will do it, and shortly after we are privy to the gory “doing” itself. So, then, I ask, what is Dostoyevsky’s point here? Obviously this is not one of those murder mysteries that keeps you guessing until the last page. The author seems more interested in the psychology behind the murder. Why did he do it? And what will he do now? Will he be caught and punished? When will all his friends and family figure out what Inspector Petrovitch seems pretty sure of? Yes, son, I guess there are some mysteries to be cleared up in this murder. We’ve got the crime – now on to the punishment.
Who Done It?