In the book I'm currently working on with a co-author, we have three main characters who need last names. One is a very private person. And I work with someone whose last name is Hedges. That seemed a perfect choice, because the character has walls around her. Another character , a prosecutor, is hard-working and will stop at nothing to learn the truth. Pierce seemed an excellent last name for her.
Then I went to see Little Children with LJer Monique Madigan. I read Little Children probably three years ago. I read a lot of books, but I did like this one a lot. I remembered the basics of the plot and the characters, but their names have been long forgotten.
Now I'm trying to decide if I absorbed more than I knew. Because one of the characters is named Hedges. And another is named Pierce. Obviously Perotta chose his names deliberately. Hedges is the ex-cop with a secret. Pierce is the woman who is striving for honesty in her own life. And Adamson is the ultimately fickle and reckless lover she tries to run off with.