Is had been correct in this sentence?
In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the Vicario brothers had been questioned as to why they conducted the murder, "We killed him openly," Pedro Vicario said, "but we're innocent."
In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the Vicario brothers are questioned as to why they conducted the murder — "We killed him openly," Pedro Vicario said, "but we're innocent."
First of all, the title of a novel should be either italicised or underlined, always. Next, when you renaming the noun — in this case 'novel' is being renamed as Chronicle of a Death Foretold — you should set off the new name with commas. See the following example for clarification:
My brother, John, is coming to the party later.
The Beatles classic song, "I Want to Hold Your Hand", is known the world over.
Finally, whenever we are discussing works of art, including music, novels, or films, we discuss the actions in the present tense. This is because of the timeless character of the stories being told. For example, we would say:
After the party, Romeo sneaks back and stands under Juliet's balcony.
We would not write:
After the party, Romeo snuck back and stood under Juliet's balcony.
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