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Published by Timi Ogunjobi
Someone has stolen The Crooked Bullet; Raj Desai’s treasured family heirloom and lucky charm. His daughter has also been kidnapped. To the rescue comes Frank Wire private detective and disc jockey by night, fresh from trailing the runaway wife of a dipsomaniac landscaper. But for Frank Wire, his dream appearance in the premiere concert of new pop music sensation Ex-Man , is soon jeopardized by the need to also find and rescue his kidnapped girlfriend, from the faceless, ruthless and ubiquitous organization known as The Barefoot Revolution.
The search takes Frank through East London, where he is hunted by assassins, assaulted by hooligans and robbed of prized possessions. As the reluctant mule delivering the kidnap ransom for Raj Desai's daughter, Frank is eventually confronted by an old enemy - the reclusive Rabbi Zulu , a rebel with a diabolic mission; as well as the sordid secret behind The Crooked Bullet.


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Someone has stolen The Crooked Bullet; Raj Desai’s treasured family heirloom and lucky charm. His daughter has also been kidnapped. To the rescue comes Frank Wire private detective and disc jockey by night, fresh from trailing the runaway wife of a dipsomaniac landscaper. But for Frank Wire, his dream appearance in the premiere concert of new pop music sensation Ex-Man , is soon jeopardized by the need to also find and rescue his kidnapped girlfriend, from the faceless, ruthless and ubiquitous organization known as The Barefoot Revolution.
The search takes Frank through East London, where he is hunted by assassins, assaulted by hooligans and robbed of prized possessions. As the reluctant mule delivering the kidnap ransom for Raj Desai's daughter, Frank is eventually confronted by an old enemy - the reclusive Rabbi Zulu , a rebel with a diabolic mission; as well as the sordid secret behind The Crooked Bullet.


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Published by: Timi Ogunjobi on Nov 03, 2012
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CHAPTER 6
Frank found Bhatty’s exactly where Raj had said it would be, located about a hundred yardsaway from the tube station. It was a large and busy shop filled with mostly African and Asiancustomers. A million miles of gold and silver chains were displayed on mounted reels around theshop; so did stones of every description twinkle merrily, gaudily from dozens of racks scatteredaround the shop. Raj met Frank at the door and led him to an office located at the back. It was just acubicle about four feet by six deep and much of the space occupied by a table.‘Come, come in and take a seat’ Raj suggested.‘Take a seat? This place is hardly large enough to swing a cat’ Frank joked. Raj did not look amused.‘Why do you want to swing a cat?’ he humorlessly inquired.‘Just my little joke; it’s a figure of speech’; Frank waved it off. Raj still didn’t appear to getit.‘My shop was burgled last week. Do you know anything about it?’ Raj asked. Frank wasgenuinely surprised.‘Why should I know anything about it?’‘You are a detective, no?’‘Of course I am a detective, not the god Buddha’‘Very funny, very funny indeed’ Raj said; not laughing at all.‘Anything of value missing then? I am sure you called me here for a purpose’, Frank asked.‘Yes, yes I was coming to that. Some men came into my shop carrying a television camera.They told me they were from BBC and making a program of my shop. Only they did not make a program. They went away with a lot of my money and jewelry’‘I have seen this before’; Frank laughed. Raj looked bewildered.‘You have seen it before? I ask if you if you know about the burglary and you say no. Nowyou have seen it before’.‘What I mean is that I have seen this sort of trick done before. A bank was robbed in thesame way and I was there in the bank’‘You robbed a bank with a camera. How is that possible?’‘I did not rob a bank with a camera; I saw some people rob the bank with a camera, in thesame way, that your shop was robbed’. Raj Desai now looked very much unimpressed with Frank;the ear-rings which Frank now wore lending more distrust.
 
‘I don’t understand you at all; are you sure you are a detective?’‘So you want me to recover your lost money and jewelry then. How much money wasstolen?’‘Never mind the money; after they went away, I looked for an important item and it was alsomissing. It is a lucky charm. They must have taken it away’.‘So you want me to recover the lucky charm. What does it look like?’Raj took out the empty velvet case. It now only contained an image which was printed on asmall piece of parchment paper.‘It is called The Crooked Bullet’, Raj said. The image did look like a curved bullet or a banana. Heck, to Frank it looked like a bent dick.‘It looks like a bent dick,’ he said.‘Bent dick, bent bullet; it does not matter. What it matters is that my life will suffer if I don’tfind that lucky charm again. My business is suffering already because of this. Yesterday I did notmake many sales. I want you to find the lucky charm for me as soon as possible’.Frank was not a great believer in superstition, but the money which this promised to bringhis way, he quite loved.‘I charge a hundred pounds an hour,’ Frank told Raj.Raj looked at him for a long minute as if trying to read his mind and not succeeding. Hetook out a wooden case, opened it and brought out a medallion which dangled from a long chain.‘Look at this one. The stolen charm hangs also from a chain such as this’ Raj said, as heswung the medallion like a pendulum in front of Frank’s face. Frank was initially puzzled but in amoment found himself becoming hypnotized by the swinging medallion. Shaking his head torecover control, he stood and pushed. Raj fell against the wall, bounced off and fell upon the table.‘What the heck are you trying to do, you idiot’? Frank asked.‘Very sorry, I was trying to find out if you are really a detective. I don’t want to give moneyaway to a fake detective’, Raj uneasily tried to explain.‘Do I look anything like a fake detective to you?’ Frank growled. Raj nodded, silently.‘Think whatever you like; but this will cost you ten thousand pounds’ Frank said. ‘To findyour lost lucky charm will cost you ten thousand pounds’.‘You guarantee to find it for me?‘It might take a bit of time, perhaps a couple of weeks; but I am able to find it’‘How will you find it then?’ still very suspiciously.‘I am a detective. There are several ways to skin a cat’.‘You do not like cats?’ Raj asked after a long minute.

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