“Calvin Klein sent his recently arrested on-again-off-again porn-star boyfriend, Nick Gruber, to rehab on his private plane. “There was a fear that if Nick flew commercial, he might go to the bar first. He had to be delivered there,” says “a source.” Gruber was arrested for misdemeanor assault earlier this week; a police search turned up cocaine on his person.”
i'm reading this police/crime/mystery novel, and i think the author has never used a computer before
it was written in 2001, so i don’t know, whatever, but the problem is that he centered the plot on webcams and online chatting.
at first i ignored the incongruous details (or things that were just highly unlikely), but it turns out that the whole explanation behind the denouement is impossible.
the protagonist supposedly has a conversation with the murderer on iChat (they are in adjoining rooms). and then he pretends to shoot himself, when he is in fact 1) putting ketchup on his face to appear dead, 2) picking the lock of the room he is in, and 3) sneaking up on the murderer to arrest him
the detective (who, like the author, doesn’t know how to use the most basic text-editing software) then explains that this was possible because of “webcam lag”
i’m therefore estimating a TEN MINUTE MINIMUM video lag.
even though both parties just had an uninterrupted conversation moments before, which such a video lag would have made impossible.