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The Case Notes of P.I. James: First Night

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

by John Steckley

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The first night nothing happened.  He considered calling.  The next night is different.

 

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: At the Office

Monday, December 24th, 2018

by John Steckley

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James drove back to his office, and told Ruthie his plans.

“Call me if you get bored.” She said.  She had never said that before. “I might do that,” he replies.  He means it.

 

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: Case Notes

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

by John Steckley

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“Used to run my dog here…fields and rabbits, freedom and fun.  

The old house is all that remains of that time.  I drive up beside it.  I case the joint.

Knocked on the door.  Bell didn’t work.  “Coming” could be heard close but sounding far away.  The door soon opens.  “Come in” says the woman.  I’ve had warmer invitations, but I know I am welcome.  They want were to put their faith in me.

We go into the living room and sit.  Strong tea and homemade biscuits.  They tell stories about tools taken from the shed, ketchup sprayed on windows, shingles ripped off the roof.  They mention lack of response by the police.

I give them my price.  Not a flinch.  They have money.  I tell them what I plan to do.  The shed has two small windows.  Big enough for me to watch out for vandals.  I will park my car at a friend’s place, not far away, then walk back here.  

I will hole up in the shed at night, detecting and photographing the suspects. I figured they are just kids with too much time and too little supervision.

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: The Case

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

by John Steckley

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An old couple lived in an even older farmhouse just outside of town.  They were surrounded by grounds cleared for a development that was big on houses, small on land.  Minor thefts had taken place, along with small acts of vandalism.  Nothing the police were interested in.

James called and set up an appointment for later that morning

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: Case Two

Friday, December 21st, 2018

by John Steckley

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James walked into his office.  He received the kind of smile from Ruthie, his secretary, that he was starting to get used to. Saving her life had changed their relationship.  Neither knew where to take the change-or even how to act on it.”

“We’ve got a case,” she said, the smile entering her voice.  “Here it is.”

 

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: Case Notes

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

by John Steckley

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“The axe was throwing well.  I was just retrieving it from the target when I saw them: our client and Ruthie.  Their wrists were fastened tightly behind their backs.  Max was pushing them down the trail.

Axe in hand, I pursued them.  I kept quiet and hidden in the bushes while not losing sound or sight of them.  They went to where a deep hole had been dug.  Max was a planner.  He spoke to them harshly with words I could not hear.  He drew out a gun.  They cringed.  It looked like the end.

I had no choice.  The axe went flying through the air and between the trees.  It hit his gun hand dead on.  He dropped it and bent over in pain.  I ran over to get the women away.  Pushed Max into the hole.

Ruthie hugged me.  First time ever.  Then she spoke.  “What an amazing throw! Hitting his hand from such a distance.”

I think I saw something more than gratitude in her eyes.  I felt an emotion I hadn’t expected, but still managed to reply sarcastically, “Who said his hand was my target?”

 

 

 

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Two Days Later

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

by John Steckley

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Their client went to James’ office to thank him for his work, and to give him the part of his pay that was contingent on courtroom success.  James was not there.  He was celebrating with a few tosses of the axe.

 

 

 

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The Court Case

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

by John Steckley

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The court case was big news locally.  They were a rich, prominent couple.  The young adulteress was from one of the leading families in town.  In an earlier time she would have been called a debutante.

At the inevitable end of the case, announced by the judge, a woman, Max lost it.  He screamed and went to attack his now former wife.  It created a scene.  No harm was done, except to his pride.  No charges were laid.

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: The Tracking

Monday, December 17th, 2018

by John Steckey

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James gets up slowly and stretches.  He saunters to the door, doing light arm exercises while so doing.  As he exits, he takes out his camera, and plays with it as if he were planning to take nature pictures.  Nothing special here to take notice of.  Just another nature photographer.

He steps slowly into the woods, stops and pretends to takes pictures as he walks down the well-worn path.  He searches for signs of his prey, then stops.  He stares towards a mostly-hidden clearing with only a deer trail leading to it.  Max’s sports bag had carried a big, soft blanket.   He turns on the video function of his camera, and then comments, “I would never have suspected that they were nature lovers.”

 

 

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The Case Notes of P.I. James: Case Notes

Monday, December 17th, 2018

by John Steckey

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“My cover is complete.  I can now snoop.  I’ll hang around the Sports Drink Café. It is located beside the entrance to the squash courts, Max’s game of choice.  I just order coffee, nothing fancy.

My third day there I see him.  He steps out of the squash court door like he is walking on a red carpet.  He stands one hand in pocket to be admired by passing women.  The other holds a designer sports bag.  He’s expecting someone.  Not long to wait.  There she is, wearing stylish sporting wear properly accessorized with an appropriate carrier bag.  She goes straight to him.  Not wasting a step.  Saving her energy for later.

They meet like they’re just friends.   She pats him on the arm.  They share a few words.  They separate and take two different routes, but I see their common destination.  They’re not fooling me.    First he and then she separately go out the back door that leads to the woods.”

 

 

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