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The tranquility of a small southern town is shattered when one of its citizens is reported missing and a battered body is found in a wrecked car. Hasty investigations and judgment errors result in both cases being prematurely closed.
Detective Lieutenant Lanny Boone is faced with the dilemma of following orders from his superiors and letting things lie, or of following his intuition and taking on the Dixie Mafia to find the killers. The only thing he has to lose by following his intuition is his job...or maybe his life.
"Are you Detective Lieutenant Lanny Boone?â€
"Yes, maâ€™am, I am. What can I do for you?â€
"I want you to find my husband and shoot him.â€
She stood an even six feet, Iâ€™d guess, and with her three-inch heels she had an inch on me. She had broad shoulders and muscular arms and calves, would weigh in at about one ninety. I had her by about twenty pounds. Mineâ€™s all muscle, too, or at least thatâ€™s what I tell my girlfriend. Still, Iâ€™d hesitate to climb into the ring with her and Iâ€™d fought some pretty good light heavyweights during my days in the army and my Golden Gloves days.
"I said I want you to find my husband and shoot him.â€
She was an attractive woman, mid-forties, with curves in all the right places. Her short, straw-colored hair, carefully applied makeup and smooth, evenly tanned skin gave her a sex appeal that would cause a man to look twice.
"Yes, maâ€™am, I heard what you said.â€ I pointed toward one of the empty chairs in front of my desk and invited her to sit. She did. "But we donâ€™t ordinarily shoot husbands on request. If we did weâ€™d probably have to increase the size of our police force to accommodate all the requests.â€
"I thought so.â€
"Captain said youâ€™d help.â€ She folded her arms across her ample bosoms.
"He did? What exactly did the captain say?â€
"He said youâ€™re a pain in the butt but you get things done.â€
"The captain is one of my biggest fans.â€
"So are you going to help me?â€
"If itâ€™s truly a case of a missing person, weâ€™ll do what we can to find the person thatâ€™s missing.â€
She looked at me as if she pitied me because I couldnâ€™t understand her request. "Heâ€™s gone, disappeared, vamoosed. What else can I say? I know heâ€™s off somewhere doing God knows what, or else heâ€™s turned up at the wrong place at the wrong time and gotten himself killed. Iâ€™m so mad at him right now that I could find him and shoot him myself but that would be illegal. You can legally shoot him.â€
"Not without a reason.â€
"You have plenty of reason. Says so in the Bible.â€
Ben Douglas is the author of several books of nonfiction and numerous newspaper and journal articles. His popular mystery, Finding Elmer Lee, continues to bring praise from all who have read it. Douglasâ€™ three children having flown the nest, he lives with his wife, three cats and a hound dog in Madison, Mississippi where he is at work on another Lanny Boone mystery.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 312
Paper Weight (lb): 13.2
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