Prospect PD’s Chief Sam Jenkins answers a friend’s call for a favor and ends up investigating a murder in another jurisdiction. Everything points to domestic violence until Sam finds an important clue and meets an unlikely killer.
If I knew how to deal with women, I wouldn’t get involved with some of the things that cause me trouble. I was minding my own business, trying to be just another small-town cop. Then my phone rang. Caller ID showed the number of my favorite TV reporter. I answered.
“Well, hello there,” she said, sounding very sexy.
“Hi, how’re you today?”
“I’m doing just fine, and I’m glad you’re in the office.”
“You sound like you’re in a good mood this morning,” I said.
“I am. I’m in the mood for love. Want to have phone sex?”
I think I’m a pretty worldly guy—but that one took me back.
“Rachel, sweetheart, you’re my best friend, but the last time I looked, we were married—and not to each other. I try to be good where you’re concerned. So, how can you ask me something like that? You have no mercy.”
“You are so cute when you get flustered.”
“Flustered? Me? I am not.”
“Jeez,” I said, “did you hear yourself? That was so jejune.”
“Yeah, it means…”
“I know what it means,” she interrupted. “No one on earth says jejune except you.”
“That’s not true. If I didn’t want to behave myself, I’d rent a movie and we could watch a particular film where they use the word more than once.”
“If you take me to a drive-in, I’ll make out with you.”
“Will you cut that out?”
“Well, if you won’t take advantage of my invitations, I’d better get down to business.”
“You just want to stop this R-rated dialogue and talk business without skipping a beat? Is that anyway to treat your buddy?”
“Oh, I love this. Little Rachel can turn her big tough guy into an old softie.”
“Lady, you won’t get me to comment on that one; no ma’am, not me.”
“I think you just did, Sammy. Were you getting hot and bothered?”
“Oh, you’re so sweet—you’re the only man I’d ever leave home for.”
“Where have I heard that one before?”
“Well, it’s true. Now if you won’t make love to me over the phone, I guess we have to talk seriously. Will you do me a favor?”
“Of course I’ll do you a favor. Silly woman. You could have just asked instead of making me need a cold shower.”
“Do I have that effect on you?”
“Stop fishing. What do you want?”
“It’s really not for me. One of the assistant producers, Angie Valle—I think you’ve met her—she’s having a problem.”
“I need to ask something first. How do you feel about arresting another police officer?”
That’s the kind of thing a cop never likes to hear, but occasionally you do it.
“I’ve had to do that before, back when I worked in New York,” I said. “Look, cops generally don’t like to lock up other cops, but if it’s necessary, I can deal with that.”
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