Centre for Social Work Practice

How to (almost) Murder a Profession: the unsolved mystery of British social work

Posted January 01, 2011


Andrew Cooper – January 2011

This chapter centres on a particular story, which is told as a kind of post-modern crime thriller. I follow in the footsteps of one well-known example of the thriller genre which reveals the identity of the villain and shows the scene of the crime at the beginning. For readers old enough to remember the original series this is how every episode of Columbo starts, after which we sit back and watch Peter Falk artfully stumble his way towards nailing his man, or woman, as they twist and turn in the wind to evade the outcome we know to be inevitable.

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