The Most Unusual Case in the History of Crime
First chapter of "The Man Who Lived Twice" (working title)
by Bill Russo
My name is John Charles Weeks. I have for some time been the biographer and assistant of Rick Bates, the man known as the ‘85 Year Old, Dot to Dot Detective.’
For many years he was the police chief of the island of Cape Cod where he solved a number of high profile cases. In retirement, he has often been lured back to work to break cases that were too tough for the current chief and even the FBI.
Though he presents a comic figure, especially when he brags…. “I didn’t take up drinking until I was 75 and now I’m making up for lost time.….he is still the most skilled detective in New England and perhaps all of North America; though he disdains criminal science.
“There’s no ‘detecting’ in police work. Scientific deduction is a bunch of hogwash invented by Conan Doyle for his Sherlock Holmes articles. In real life, police work is no more than the game of “Connect the Dots”. You find a starting point. That’s the first dot. Then just move to the next dot, and the next dot, and so on; until you get to the last dot at which point the case is solved.”
The ‘Chief’ as I call him, had recently returned to his Cape Cod estate after a pleasant offseason in his favorite winter retreat – Key West. To be more specfic, a bar stool in Sloppy Joe’s, his hangout of preference in the last city in the world where you can live life on your own terms.
As we sat in his ‘great room’ in Dennis Port gazing at Nantucket Sound through his three stories high picture window , that stretched across the entire back of his mansion, he beamed;
“I’ve just got the most unusual case in the history of crime.”
“Tell me about it Chief, I can’t wait to hear.”
“Well Weeks, I will tell you but first let’s have a little drink. You know I didn’t start drinking………”
“…….Until you were 75 and now you are making up for lost time. I’ve heard that song before Chief."
“And you shall again Weeks because it’s a good tune. But enough of that. I am going to ring for Kennedy, the new butler, and have him bring us something special.
Just then from his pantry off the ‘great room’, Kennedy emerged with a tray containing two tall glasses full of a milky liquid.
“We are having milk?.”
“No Weeks. How could you forget? These are my favorite summer drinks – Ghost Martinis. They are also my favorite Halloween drinks. The white color is from the Godiva White Chocolate Liquer. It also contains cashew milk, and whipped vodka. And that ghost floating in the center is nothing more than a spectral figure Kennedy carved from vanilla ice cream.”
The ‘Chief’ thanked Kennedy and told him that he was not needed any further this evening and that he could take the rest of the night off.
“Very good sir,” he smiled, and made a quick retreat through the pantry door.
“Since you just got back from vacation Weeks, you haven’t seen Kennedy before. I just hired him. He has great references.”
“But isn’t he………….”
“He used to be. But now he’s just Kennedy. Old money doesn’t last forever. Even here on Cape cod. And that name is not the golden political ticket it was in the days of Camelot when Johnny and Jackie were the darlings of America.”
We slowly sipped our drinks as he told me about the new case. When he finished, I had to agree that it did promise to be the most interesting case ever.
In short, the Chief had been asked to take over the investigation of a convicted murderer who had opened a business in California, one year after he was put to death by lethal injection in the commonwealth of Massachusetts!
If you have read this far. First, thank you. Second. I hope you are not upset that I did not present a complete story. I am using this as the first chapter of the second book about Rick Bates, the 85 Year Old Dot to Dot Detective. I am hoping for both feedback and criticism. The full book will be published on Amazon, Kindle, and in paperback in early 2016.
The image to the right shows the cover of the first book in the series. It is in the Kindle store and is priced at 99 cents. This book is the fourth best selling of the nine that I have published so far. My most successful title, the Creature From the Bridgewater Triangle, has had thousands of downloads and sales both in e-book form and in paperback. Much of the material that I have published was originally written for Hubpages. I am very grateful to the Hubpages organization. It is the finest writing site in today's world and the best since The Instant Novelist, to which I was a steady contributor and recipient of one or two small awards.