View Full Version : Going underground
04-26-2001, 10:29 PM
In the world of crime or crime fiction, what does it mean to "go underground"? Somehow I get a picture of seedy motels on dusty highways, paying for rooms with cash. Kind of like the Gekko brothers in From Dusk 'Til Dawn, where they met up with preacher Randy Quaid and his Chinese son.
If it's not a meaningless term, if there really is some kind of David Lynch meets Route 66 kind of subculture behind the term, can anyone recommend some good fiction (or nonfiction) about it?
04-27-2001, 07:35 PM
I don't think it's any kind of subculture, it's just a method of living that you pretty much hit on. Pay cash for everything, switch cars (by stealing if necessary), leave the city where you committed your crimes, change your identity, change your looks if you can afford it. (Guadalajara, MX, is one place with a lot of plastic surgeons.)
Basically, it means to live as quiet a lifestyle as possible, until efforts to find you take a back seat to more pressing matters for the authorities. If you're going underground to hide from the mob, good luck, they don't ever seem to give up.
I don't know if there's any good fiction specifically about it. I'm sure you can find books on how to do it from the same type of publishers who publish revenge manuals.
But it sounds like a fun way to spend a summer vacation.
04-27-2001, 07:40 PM
I'm smacking my head, I should have thought of this.
It's late, I'm going home.
04-27-2001, 10:56 PM
Thanks, Airblairxxx. FTR, I'm not thinking of disappearing myself, but I'm interested in reading about it.
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