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Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She was wearing a light blue night cap, pulled back covering her weave that covered her forehead. Her night gown had a flowery pattern, and she was wearing no bra. Her face was dark and filled with black botches. She had thin skin, and lots of wrinkles. It appeared that she has had a rough life. Nevertheless she was Deacon Mike Brandon’s love. She was married to him for almost forty years. She was a devoted wife, and a dedicated Christian. She was tossing and turning in her queen size bed wondering why her husband wasn’t home yet. She glanced at the alarm clock, but really couldn’t tell the time. Her vision wasn’t as good as it use to be. Besides, she wasn’t wearing her glasses. She wasn’t the worrying type, but the deacon really gave her no reason to be the worrying type. It was late, she knew it, and he never stayed out before. It wasn’t his character, and it certainly wasn’t his nature. He liked being home with her. She knew it. “Baby, where in the world are you?” She whispered. Brenda Brandon sat up and moved closer to the foot of the bed. She kissed her wedding ring and held it against her lips for a few moments. The ring was almost embedded into her dark skin. It looked as if it was cutting off her circulation. She put that ring on 39 years ago, and she never took it off since. She loved her husband, and keeping that ring on through everything they went through was her testimony to that. “Why don’t you call me,” she whispered as she rubbed her eyes. “Tell me you’re okay, baby.” She never had to worry about him before. However, that night, she felt worried. She felt uneasy. She felt something she had never felt before. She felt something was wrong. “Oh my god,” she said as she adjusted her night gown.. Brenda was quiet for a moment as she reached for the lamp. Her huge breasts knocked over a water glass that was sitting on the night stand next to the telephone, and a box of tissues. “Oh dear,” she said as she stood the glass up immediately. “How clumsy can I be?” She had forgotten that she rested the glass there and she knocked it over reaching for the telephone. She grabbed some tissues and tried her best to wipe up the spill. “This spill is going to have to wait until tomorrow morning,” she said as she picked up the phone. She took a deep breath. “Baby, where you at?” she said softly as she dialed her husband’s cell number. It rang three times and then came the voice mail message. You’ve reached the deacon, I’m praying for you, so while I do that, leave me a message. “Baby, it’s Brenda, where you at honey? It’s late and I’m worried sick.” She hung up, and dialed the number again. You’ve reached the deacon, I’m praying for you, so while I do that, leave me a message. She was quiet again for a moment, as if she wasn’t quite sure what to say next. Her big brown eyes looked sadden as she hung up the phone. Her dark circles were almost black as she rubbed them with the back of her hands. She knew it was the worrying that was taken its toll on her. Brenda Brandon picked up the phone again and dialed my number. Nick Barnum here, at your service. “Nicky, pick up the phone!” she half shouted. Hello? “Nicky?” Who the hell is this at 3 in the morning? Shit better be good! “You just watch your mouth when you’re talking to me,” she said. B B? “Yeah, it’s me Nicky.” Is everything okay?
Why don’t you just get some rest.” Did you call his cell? “Twice.” she said. “You’ll do that for me. I’m really worried. “I’ll just wait by the phone.
. he hasn’t been the same ever since his niece was murdered. I’ll get up and I’ll look for him.” Anytime B B.Frank Atanacio
“Mike isn’t home yet. baby?” Of course.” she said.” That’s not like him. I’ll call you when I have something. “I’m afraid something has happened to him. She smiled.” Of course. “If it’s all the same. “Thank you Nicky. “But he still never did anything like this before. Brenda Brandon closed her eyes and hung up the phone all in one motion.” B B.” she started. “Well. Nicky.” It’s almost 3AM? “That’s why I called you. Nicky.
Bouncers threw me out of the joint. I had to regain my composure and settle myself. “With just one punch?” That’s why I can’t turn myself in.com
. I had just finished a night of playing cards with Victor Cruz. “You’re going to have to turn yourself in.”
www. and I just wanted to sleep. big guy. “How did he die?” I asked. “Hello?” Nick! “Mike?” Nick. and I got no one to run too either. and I don’t like going back on my word. it happen too fast. she’s worried sick.” My phone rang and it startled me for a moment. wearing my boxers and a T-shirt. “Settle yourself. and he fell over some tables. She’s worried. “You killed a man!” It happened so fast! “It still happened. “Why?” Because I told you. and someone ran outside and told me that the guy I hit was dead. “You need to go back out and do what you have to do for B B. you gotta help me! “What’s up?” You gotta help me. and Alfredo Fuentes.” I said. I knew it was the booze telling me not to go out and look for the deacon. I just wanted another shot. I was barefoot. just yet. Can you do that? “Now?” It has to be now. “She called here tonight. “But you’re gonna have to call your wife. I got nowhere else to go. My head wanted to explode. I killed a man tonight. No cops for now! “Okay deacon. and drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort. but I promised B B that I would look for her husband. I had forgotten I still had it in my hand.” I said. I saw the empty bottle of Southern Comfort on my night stand and I picked it up and looked in. “Why don’t I call Vic and Alfredo to meet us there.” I said. but I just did. I won over three hundred dollars. I need you to meet me at Frankie’s diner off of Barnum Avenue. you don’t know?” I asked.” I said to myself. “And you’re wife is looking for you. I punched a guy out. “Holy fuck!” That’s what I said. and now you’re going to put her through the ringer. Perhaps it was just to embrace me for something unexpected. It was a good night for me.bibliotastic. “What do you mean.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I sat at the foot of my bed with the phone still in my hand. A promise is a promise. and I caught the end of the bed to regain my balance. just yet. My footing slipped a bit from under me. I didn’t know why I did that.” I can’t do that. Perhaps.” “So you pick on me?” You’re suppose to be at my service. What the hell happened?” I don’t’ know. “You what?” I dropped the bottle. I had taken off my clothes just a few minutes ago.” I suggested. I killed a man tonight.
But stranger things have happened. his safe haven. I don’t want to get involved with a murderer. “Get focused. or Alfredo involved. even though I had a rough night. Not calling her was simply not the way he handled things. I’m sure there was a dead man. The pleasure I received from the bottle was about to cash in its chips. and that’s what I had planned to do. I’m sure they’ll be willing to help you out. and I wanted to get some sleep.” I said. Nick. I am Bridgeport’s finest private investigator. “I’m coming now. Drinking so much was my idea. Very. but none of them came out of my mouth. “I’m just wondering why you don’t want to get Vic. “You better call your wife. He had a strange way of putting all his little ducks in a row. He was a good Christian. I was certain that the police would realize it as well. So you’re coming. No matter what happened. Calling me first was so not like the deacon. “Just trying to lighten things up.” I said. I could have told him that I was busy with a girl or just made something up. and killing someone would not be on his list at all. “Call her from this damn pay phone!” I shouted. “Are you going to call B B when we hang up?” Nick. “Damn. You’ve known them for several years. so I really shouldn’t be complaining about the condition. but I can’t be too sure if he was killed by the deacon. “I do. right? “Are you close to the diner?” I asked. and one of Bridgeport’s finest man need my help.” I tried to calm myself. It was certainly a no brainer.” I said. “I’m not so sure you believe that. “Ok. but a friend in need comes first. He would never speak to anyone on his duck’s list until he cleared it with B B.” Thanks Nick.” Right now I need you. “Just don’t jerk my chain. “Damn. you there?” He had already hung up the phone. He wanted me to meet him at Frankie’s diner.” He did not respond. I knew that and.”
. “You called me.” I said. A thousand lies raced through my mind. I don’t feel right tonight.” I dreaded every step I had to make that night. “Stay up Nick.Frank Atanacio
I lost my cell phone. It just seemed so uncharacteristic of him.” I started.” I said. don’t be getting on my nerves. He didn’t even sound to convincing when he said he killed a man. I will hang up on you. now you call her!” Don’t get so nasty. You know me man. that man can’t call me when I’m sober.” You know I ain’t no murderer! “I know Mike. That’s why I wanna meet you at Frankie’s diner. “Hey Mike. She was his anchor. and you better have a good reason why you’re not calling the police. I’m the one who killed a man.
” “The area was much nicer then.” “They treat you poorly now?” I asked. “I’m Terry.” “Maybe that’s why you’re not getting any.” he said. “Got the time?” asked another seated three seats down.com
. but I don’t get no free refills.” I nodded. “Was he bothering you?” the manager asked. There was a older man seated three seats down. but he didn’t. There was a man coming toward me wearing rain boots.” he continued. “Can you believe that?” “Did you ask for a free refill?” “No.” he grimaced. I didn’t see the deacon. His boot thudded softly on the diner floor and he stood about a foot in front of me.” he continued as he tried to strike up a conversation. “That’s why I’d come over here for breakfast. “Mike.” He looked away annoyed.” “I’m sure it was. “Back in the 70's. “4-am . “Not really. He also had on a heavy jacket.” “Peaceful. “No. “There’s nothing like the service they had.” “Nice. “I use to come to this diner years ago. The deacon walked into the diner wearing a baseball cap with the brim very low as if he was trying to conceal his identity. “In the morning?” I nodded.” he smiled again flashing only gums. “They just think I’m a bum. “Damn. I thought he was going to ask for change.” I answered. “What’s your name?” asked the toothless man. It was warm outside.” “I heard you the first time. However. “Nick. “Not at all.” I nodded.” He smiled and walked back into the kitchen. He smiled and I noticed he was missing all his front teeth. and he was using socks for gloves. “They think I’m a bum. of course they’ll sell me coffee.” “Hey Nick.” he said.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I sat and drank coffee and ate pie waiting for Mike Brandon to show up at the diner. Oh. and a small overweight truck driver seated in a booth behind me.bibliotastic. where does the time go?” I nodded again. didn’t think I had to.” “No free refills. so I didn’t understand why he was overly dressed.” I called. The overly dressed man turned and walked away when he saw the on duty manager walk out of the back room. or anything like that.” I replied. I smiled.
Nick.” “Never heard of him. He took a swing at me and missed..” replied the deacon. He looked like he was running a marathon.” I said. and his face seemed gloom.” he said as he sat on the stool next to me.” he continued. “I guess when they threw me out. His sweats were wrinkled. “I’m trying. He was dark skinned and had a clean shaven face. “I grabbed him and pushed him a little. “Someone came out and told me that the bookie broke his neck and died. I punched back and busted his nose.” “One-Eye Froggy?” “Club owner.” he replied.”
.” he said. and the bookie didn’t have enough to pay me.” he started again. He played the part of a guilty man on the run. She poured him a cup and left him four creamers. and big arms. “Hey Nick. He wasn’t dressed as your typical deacon.” “I did. Nothing matched. The waitress came over wearing a black hair net and a stained uniform. I hit the big one. We drank it together without really saying another word.” “That’s the blood on your shirt?” He nodded. His dark eyes were darker.Frank Atanacio
The deacon had a barrel chest. “Coffee?” “Black. and clear with me on this one.” “So it was an accident?” “No.” “So you don’t really know?” He shook his head from side to side indicating no. “So this Froggy is a bad man? “Big time.” “Dog-fighting?” “Let me finish. he was the best in that department. The deacon was not much of a gambler.” The waitress had poured us another cup of coffee. The look on his face was that of confusion. “Thanks.” “So you killed him?” “No. I never expected the deacon to be in this much trouble. and sorrow. He was always good for setting a good example.. “You’re going to have to be straight.” he said as he sipped his coffee. and that was so obvious that it made a chill ride up my spine.” “Business man?” “Wants to be. “At that time One-Eye Froggy’s bouncers threw me out of the club. In fact. and I couldn’t picture him at a dog-fighting match.” I nodded. “I was placing bets and winning all night. and his tee-shirt torn and covered with dried blood. “They told me I broke his neck.” “So tell me what’s going on. “But how did you kill him?” “He came at me again and I kicked him over some tables.” “I was at this dog-fighting event.
” He looked confused. “Tell her what happened too.” he replied. and you’ll turn yourself in as soon as I find something concrete. I’ll pay this One-Eye Froggy a visit. “I didn’t expect to be in the wrong places with the wrong people.” I suggested. “I’m not hungry. “So this Froggy is now in town.” “Nobody expects it.”
www. She can’t live without me. I need to walk down some alley ways and come up with something tangible. Whose going take care of my baby. right?” “He is. “Tell him that I’m looking into things.” “I learned to duck years ago. “I just can’t.” I said. He nodded slowly as if he wasn’t really sure if I had asked him a genuine question.com
. “And with the wrong people.” “Did you call your wife?” He nodded. “He’s really tough.” “I do. “Let’s just call it an accident.” I said.” I said.” “You think he’ll keep me out of jail?” “Talk to him.” “You’re getting caught up in the wrong places. but. one way or another. “Murder? I don’t know what to say.. “Trying to make extra money for the church?” I asked. “But it feels more like an accident.” “I am.” he said. and I can’t live without her.” I started. “If it really was a murder?” “I don’t know. I won’t tell you everything is going to be alright.” “He’s a mean son of a bitch.” “He can come at you hard Nicky. and tell him what happened.” “I understand. It rattled as if he was stuck in a freezer for about an hour. How much more concrete evidence do you need?” “For now. “Just worried.” I said. “I’m not going to lie to you.” I said. That’s just the way it is. “Go to her.” his voice was scarcely a croak. “Let me look into this and we’ll get to the bottom of this.” “Can’t go to jail.” “I hit the guy. Nick. You gotta trust me.” “So am I.bibliotastic.” he said.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I smiled.” I said. “Just tell the captain everything you told me.” “Why don’t you talk to Captain Frank Roque. I’ll see what really happened after you clocked the bookie.” He nodded again.” “Tougher than me?” The deacon nodded. “I smell something rotten. “Do you want something to eat?” I asked.” “How much trouble am I in?” he asked quietly. “That’s why I called you first. “I broke his nose.” He grimaced.” he said.
. “She always was. He drank some more coffee.” “She always was. you know. The rattling of plates didn’t cause him to look away.” “Thanks Nick. and I watched. I better. He just wanted answers.” “She’s a big girl.” I said again.” I smiled.” “She can be the comfort you seek.Frank Atanacio
The deacon had his eyes solely on me. “Really. “Go home to your wife. “I’m going to do my best. He had so many questions. Mike.” “Yeah.” “Go to your wife. and didn’t know how to ask.” He smiled.” “Thank me when I’m done.” he repeated softly.” “I disappointed her. “You always do. He looked at me as if I had all the answers.” I said.
” said O’Brien.” “They did say it was at the Frogger Club.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The next morning. It was early afternoon.” I smiled. “I don’t think Roque will be down for that. He was a man everyone trusted.”I said.” I said.” I added. “They were fed the wrong information. “Yeah.” O’Brien huffed ever so slightly.” he said softly. His appearance meant a great deal to him because he wanted the public to experience his professionalism. that drinks fits you like a glove. and they respected him. but fail to pop them into his mouth. And those secrets are going to reveal itself to me. He would occasionally break open a few.” I said smiling with my drink. I knew this wasn’t going to sit to well with the men on Congress Street.” “Papers got the news. There use to be a large plate glass window at the entrance.” “So the papers got it wrong?” “No. “Looks even better on the menu cover.” “That club is known for Salsa Dancing. It was a large building with two floors. “I just need a little time. “So you’re asking me to ask Captain Roque to not pick up the deacon until you’ve completed your investigation?” asked O’Brien. They were all surprised about the reports. and they wanted to launch their own investigation. Detective Peter O’Brien and I met for lunch on the patio at Danny O’s in Shelton. that Mango Splash looks good.” “They never mentioned the dog-fighting. The Police headquarters located on Congress Street was buzzing. the news ran with the story that the deacon had killed a man. “I need you to keep the police away from the deacon until I check into this.” I said.” he replied. I served so many of them this past month. really. but murder was murder nevertheless. “I think I’m going to order one too when I get off. He was a visionary. “But it has secrets. and now he was a hunted man.” “I need to speak to those so-called eye-witnesses.” “And we do owe you.” “But that’s my point.” I said.” “I don’t get it. He was purposely bald and kept his head shiny. He was fair skinned and always clean shaven. They couldn’t believe that Mike Brandon was capable of murder. and O’Brien ordered a beer. and so much more. but he wasn’t eating any of them. that police command center lost its panoramic view of the City of Bridgeport’s Westside. “And you have to remember that they left out so much detail. O’Brien had a lot of peanuts on his plate.bibliotastic. They liked the deacon.” said the waiter. I smiled.” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.” The waiter smiled as he left to help other customers. I had to think it was because of the deacon. “No. They left out a lot of details. “The deacon killed a man. and eye-witnesses. He was a pillar of the community. not too hot. but it has been removed and replaced with strong glass doors. and the late night gambling. “Is that what I am to understand?” I nodded. I ordered a Mango Splash with a hint of rum. Pete” I said as I picked up a few of his opened peanuts and tossed them into my mouth. “Damn. He was God’s soldier. with a nice early morning breeze. “Yes!”
www. I’m not asking for much. “It’s my first time trying it. O’Brien was a big man with a strong upper body. By removing the large plate glass window. “I don’t think he did.com
“Don’t push it,” said O’Brien. “It’s still not my call.” “But you’re the man.” O’Brien huffed again. There was a thin young lady sitting two tables down from us. She was looking at us the whole time, and it was probably the first time I noticed her. She had white skin, and matted brown hair that seemed to be pressed to the top of her head. Her face was lusterless, and her eyebrows bushy. She was a very unattractive woman, but she seemed to be noticing us. I opened my jacket to check to see if my gun was loaded. It was comforting to know that it was. Not because of the unattractive woman. It just made me feel free. “You see that woman looking at you,” said O’Brien. “Why me?” O’Brien smiled. The woman stood up and walked toward us with a hopeful expression. I looked down at her and didn’t realize I was staring at her extremely tight jeans that accentuated her crotch area. She had a sexual gait, but there was nothing sexual about her appearance. “Excuse me sir,” she said smiling. I smiled back. “I couldn’t help to notice you ordered that Mango Splash,” she said as she pointed to my drink. “Yes I did.” “I was thinking about ordering it,” she said still smiling. “But I wanted to ask you about the taste. Is it worth ordering, and does it have enough booze in it?” “Not worth the money,” I honestly replied. “And a little too fruity.” “Really?” “Sadly yes,” I said. “Pictured it looked good, but tasting it, I don’t know.” “Not enough booze for the price?” “Not enough anything for the price.” “Just order a beer,” O’Brien added. “You can’t go wrong ordering a beer.” “I think I’ll have my usual,” she said with a continuing smile. “Beer is not for me.” “Have a nice day,” I said returning the smile. “Thank you,” she said. “You saved my seven dollars.” “That’s the only reason why I’m drinking it,” I said. “I don’t want to lose my money.” She smiled, turned, and walked away. “What?” O’Brien said curiously as I titled my head. “She has a nice ass,” I replied. O’Brien smiled. “So you’re going to speak to the captain?” “He’s not going to agree,” O’Brien replied. “But I’ll talk to him.” “I’m sure you can convince him,” I said. “You talked me into buying this drink.” “You did that all on your own buddy.” I smiled. “I’ll give him good conversation,” said O’Brien as he cracked opened some more peanuts and failed to pop them into his mouth. “I will.” “That’s all I want you to do.”
Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“But you gotta tell the deacon to keep in touch with us,” He added.” I don’t want him running a little too far. You know, it’s for his own safety.” “He’s afraid.” “He’s needs to stay where we can get to him.” “Okay,” I said. “I’ll talk to him. I’ll get him to stay put. Just you make sure you speak to the captain. Get him to back down until I finish.” “I hope he can do this for you,” said O’Brien as he finished his beer. “You’re his friend,” I said. “Try a little convincing.” “He’s the captain.” “I need some time, Pete.” “I’ll see what I can do.” “That’s all I ask.” He smiled.
There were five witnesses on the list that O’Brien gave me and each one of the witnesses didn’t seem to credible. I decided to call on each one of them. The first one on my list was Margie Sanchez. She lived on Gregory Street off of Park Avenue and near the University of Bridgeport. She lived on the bottom floor of a six family wooden frame house that was in dire need of repair. I rang the door bell several times before a young woman opened it up. “I’m looking for Margie Sanchez,” I said as the young woman just stared at me. She was wearing tight Seven jeans and a white tank top with a black bra. She was a little darker than an olive skin. She had full lips, and dark eyes. Her face was slightly angelic, and her attitude was worn on her sleeve. It appeared as if she had a chip on her shoulder. “Whatcha you want her for?” “Just going to ask her a few questions,” I replied. “Police been here.” “I’m sure they were,” I said. “But I’m not the police.” “Then who the fuck are you?” “A private investigator,” I replied. “What the fuck is that?” “I don’t know,” I replied. “It’s just a summer job I took because I knew I could handle it.” “I’m Margie,” she said. “The witness,” I said softly. “What?” “I need to ask you about the murder, and about the deacon that was accused.” “Fuck man,” she said as she stepped out of the house. “Whatcha you wanna know?” There is not really a way to force that young woman to stop swearing so much. It’s such a shame, because her mouth takes away from her beauty. “How did you see this whole thing play out?” “What the fuck do you mean?” “What happened?” “This fat bishop...” “Deacon,” I corrected. “Whatever,” she was annoyed. “He came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. He threw the first punch and missed. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the bis... deacon and that set him off.” “Mike threw the first punch?” “Yep,” she replied. “The bis... deacon came at him with all he got. He punched Carlos in the mouth, and then kept punching him until he broke Carlos’ nose. Carlos didn’t fight back, he just fell over some tables.” “The deacon did all this?” “Hell yeah man,” she continued. “The bouncers threw out the deacon...” “Aww, you got it right.” She rolled her eyes. “And then the bartender checked Carlos and said he was dead.” “Neck broken?” She nodded. “Did you know why they were fighting?” “I don’t know, don’t care.”
“Don’t judge me.” “Club owner know?” “He didn’t throw me out yet.bibliotastic.” she replied.” “You give him some money for soliciting there?” “I got three kids to feed. “That would be?” “Five hundred dollars for three hours.” I said. I gotta do what I gotta do!” I nodded. “I think I got what I need.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Why were you at the club?” “I’m a fucking whore. “Cash up front. “Yeah.com
.” I replied. “Difficult question?” “Too much for you to afford.” “Ouch.” She turned around slowly.” she said. “How much you charge?” She stopped.” “Police know?” “Told them.” “What can I get for twenty bucks?” “A kick in the nuts. mother fucker!” “Only God judges. “Is that all the questions?” she asked. “I do my business there.
www. but didn’t turn to face me.” She entered her apartment and slammed the door.” she said.
a private investigator. “He’s a deacon.”
.” Where did I hear this before? I said to myself jokingly. “No.” I replied. He actually did a bang up business.” “What does she want?” “Credit.” “That Bishop is a big guy. He was bald on top. tell them I said no!” “Relax Mr.” I corrected. “Like you. “You the police?” he asked.” She smiled. he just fell over some tables. and thick gray eye brows.” he continued. “I don’t understand why you guys can’t get that right. He punched Carlos in the mouth.” I corrected.Frank Atanacio
The next witness on my list was Roberto Guzman.” “Deacon.” she said. The place was busy. “But I wasn’t flirting.. “I’m Nick Barnum. She was trying to get his attention.. He owned Guzman’s Bodega over on the Eastside of town. I didn’t think he’d have time for me. He was clearly not thinking right. and then kept punching him until he broke Carlos’ nose. but he didn’t see her. Mrs. I stood there with my arms crossed waiting for him to reply.” she replied almost quietly. It was located on a small dead end street off of East Main Street. She wore small black-rimmed glasses low on her nose so that she could check the prices better on the product she rung up. He threw the first punch and missed. “The bishop. “No credit!” he shouted with a vein sticking out of his neck. the deacon came at him with all he had. The small store had lots of stock and lots of customers. “Get back to work. at your service. “he said “He came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. not a bishop. “I want to ask you some questions about the deacon at Froggy’s nightclub. “Hi. but when I asked for him he immediately stopped what he was doing and came over.” I said.” Mr.” I corrected him again. and he’s a deacon. “Well anyways. I nodded. but had lots of gray hair on the sides. “She’s only the messenger. When it came to lists I’d often follow the same pattern. Guzman turned around with angry eyes and shouted. Mr. Carlos didn’t fight back. “What do you want to know?” “I wanna know what happened. His glasses were thick and he walked with a limp.” “I see. Guzman’s cashier was standing behind the counter.” I replied. The light highlights gave her face such a wonderful glow. “Carlos Rivera’s death?” he asked. “What do you want?” Mr. “I said to her. Guzman was probably in his late sixties. Guzman. I don’t pay you to stand around and flirt with all the guys that come in here!” “I’m sorry. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the bishop and that set him off. I need cash paying customers! If anyone asks for credit. Lopez wanted to ask something. “I can’t give anyone credit this week. “Whatever he was. He also had a thick gray moustache. Her hair was dark brown with light highlights.” “I know him.” I said. but I had to speak with him because he was next on my list. but a black guy. I don’t think Carlos wanted to fight this man. He scratched the top of his head as if he was thinking about what to say.
“Mr.” “Good. and Carlos Rivera?” “Dea.” he half shouted..” he shot back. “Yeah I think I got what I need from you.” I said as I tossed a few of my business cards on the floor. “She’s doing her job. “Are you done asking me questions about the bishop. “And if you ask me.” I said. My name is Nick PT Barnum.” I smiled.bibliotastic. Forget it.. “I’m really busy today and I got to get back to work.” “Nobody’s asking you.” I called.” I continued. very well too. “It’s my business..” He was still silent. “I do know a little about running a business. “What is it exactly. He turned around and walked toward the cashier.com
. and I need to stay ahead of the game.” He still didn’t reply. You’re not a business man. That’s all. “What don’t I understand?” “Nothing. “Just ask. and I’ll be at your service if you need me. He stopped but didn’t turn around.” I added. that I don’t understand?” He did not reply.” he stopped abruptly.” I paused.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
He grunted. I’m sure that’s something you wouldn’t understand. Lots of bills to pay.” he said.” He rushed away.
www.” “You don’t under. “If you need my help. Guzman. “All I’m saying is that you should relax. “Business?” He said nothing. “I’ll leave you some of my cards.
” he said. “Did they say anything about gambling?” “You didn’t ask?” “I thought I’d ask you. If he could fit in an activity. That woman is staying up late. he would.” he paused as he caught his second wind.” “Has the deacon been home?” “She told me that he comes and goes. if he’s guilty. He wasn’t the type to just sit around and waste time.” “Good guy. “I guess you don’t run much.” O’Brien replied. The guilty always do.” “No gambling.” I said.” “I’ve known her for a long time. I started jogging with him as he poured bottled water over his bald head to keep him cool. “If we don’t see one.” “But he doesn’t.”
.” I said. You know that.” I smiled as I kept up my pace with him.” “You’re all heart. He wanted to meet at Seaside Park so he could get his jogging in. “So what did you find out?” he asked. “I got the same bull-shit story line you guys did.” he continued.” he replied.” he said. and she’s not eating too well either. I think the captain is going out on a limb for the deacon. But we can arrest people if we have witnesses. But he understands the situation and he’s giving you the chance to square him.Frank Atanacio
I met Detective Peter O’Brien at the end of my work day.” “But that dog fighting club doesn’t exist. “He doesn’t stay because he’s afraid that the captain is going to change his mind and arrest him for the murder of Carlos Rivera. “There was nothing but Salsa and Merenge.” “I understand. “She’s really not taking this too well. but we haven’t seen anything yet.” “So this guy is clever. “You know I never need to do that.” I smiled. “He’ll slip up.” “Good to hear.” “You checked everything?” “Top to bottom.” he continued.” “So do you think there is a dog-fighting ring going on?” “I can’t say no.” he said.” “That’s a terrible way of looking at things.” he paused.” I said.” “That’s why Captain Roque is not taking in the deacon yet. “What do you mean?” “We pulled a surprise shake down at the club that Froggy owns. “There was only Salsa and Merenge.” I replied.” O’Brien shot back. I thought. “They were coached. maybe counseling would help her through this. “He should be home with B B.” “Bad witnesses. “I had to take Mike’s wife to do some counseling.” I continued as I too had to catch my breath. that captain. it really doesn’t exist. I hope I’m right. “It’s got to be the only way. “Those witnesses. “Can’t arrest people on hunches. “I really don’t want anything to happen to her.
her strength was weakened by Mike Brandon.
www. maybe.. I remember you telling me that you think you found the one. I don’t.” “Go ahead. He was probably motivated by the events that played up to that statement.” “So he was always the one for her?” “The one?” “Yeah.. say it.” I replied. There was never a question about that. “And there was no mistake about it.” I said as I stopped next to him.” “So it wasn’t just sexual?” “At first. the one that you really can’t live without.” he continued.” “God saved him. I miss that.” I replied. the guy that makes your heart stop.” “But Brenda was always on the up and up.” “My list goes on. and your feet sweat.bibliotastic.” “She was good in bed.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Me too.. I was pretty sure that Detective Peter O’Brien really didn’t mean to say it that way. “What?” “You really loved her.” O’Brien warned. Like the girl you use to date. “I put her and her son in harm’s way.” O’Brien laughed. “You know. “What are you going to do next. and you laugh?” “You’re a funny guy.com
.” He laughed again. “And. “Damn.” O’Brien paused as he drank some warm bottle water.” I smiled.” he explained.” “She was always a strong woman. “She’s taking just a little too much. She had all the reasons to dump me.” he said as he stopped and bent over with his hands on his knees. “Yeah I did. “I think over the years.” “Okay.” I said. “So?” “Mike is the one for her.” “She puts up with it.” he continued.” “I think over the years. “She was a true Christian woman. “Because she loves him and she has always loved him.” I nodded and didn’t say anything.” How good?” “I don’t want to talk about it. “I’m telling you the truth. You know Mike wasn’t always on the up and up.” “I know that too.” I paused briefly as I caught my breath. “I’m going to pay Larry Bonilla a visit.” “He’s going to be a tough one.” “Do you think she’s weak because of it?” “No. you son of a bitch!” “I’m not going to lie.” “And Zoraida was the one for you?” “I thought.” “I know.” I said.
” I said. “Really!” “I’m Pete.” “Tired of running?” I asked. He winced. “Good-luck!” he shouted. and it’s solid muscle. “I’m done. you’ll get it with him.” I lied. Pete. not your secretary.” he said as he stood up. “Thanks for the run. I didn’t want him to see that I was almost out of breath.” “Leave her out of this. I can take care of my myself. “I’m 6'2 I weigh 245 pounds.” I said as I began sprinting back to my truck. not fat. “So bring tough on.” “Don’t worry. I waved my hand above my head without turning around.” He smiled. Janet.
.” He nodded. “I could have gone all day.Frank Atanacio
“Look at me.
“And don’t steal nothing. He wasn’t so eager to speak with me like the other two.” She turned around and slapped her cell phone shut. with long dark hair and wearing looping gold earrings was a very attractive Asian young woman.” she said as she walked passed me. Get it known!” “Get it known?” I whispered.” I paused. Maybe his story might be different.” She did not reply.” “Wait here. I kept looking at all the dollar items.” I answered. The store had junk tossed into baskets that lined the walls. “Nick PT Barnum. The second sign was the attractive Asian woman. She ignored me. They were solid. “And I know you’re not him.” she replied. “That’s not very nice to say.” “You must be a fucking genius to figure that out. “What does that mean?” “My boss will see you. “I am a private eye.com
. “In there?” She nodded. Didn’t understand why he didn’t call it a dollar store or something of that nature. “I was just going to by a tooth brush.” I smiled. It was June in Bridgeport. “I’m looking for Larry Bonilla.” “Well.” I said. and passed winners. He sells dollar items in a 99 cent store. “You know. and beautiful women developing bad attitudes. and there were several things that I would have purchased. At the check-out.” “Whose asking for him?” she asked ignoring my statement.” she said as she attitude her way toward the backroom. and the price was terrific.” she replied. She was talking on her cell phone and turned around when she saw me.” I called. “Hello.
www. I went in. It was so patterned. “Thank you. and will probably tell me the truth. She stuck her head out of the backroom and shouted. “Hey Ming Lee!” I called. Maybe he had a change of heart. but who was I to judge? The door was covered with Spanish cock fight promotions. “Dollar shit?” I smiled.” “What do you want?” she shot back. “What do you want?” “Am I bothering you?” “I was busy. I could steal. “It’s Linh Le! Asshole.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Larry Bonilla did business out of a store front located downtown Bridgeport. “Too busy for customers?” “People that buy this dollar shit ain’t customers. The first hint of attitude gone bad was Margie Sanchez. The third witness kept me waiting longer than I expected. which normally means gang violence. at your service.bibliotastic.
” “Is there dog fighting?” “No. He nodded.” I said. He threw the first punch and missed.” He smiled. He had no facial hair. “Well?” “The deacon. “Nobody that hangs out there at the club is an innocent man. Bonilla?” “No.” I said. Bonilla.” “You saw the deacon snap his neck?” He hesitated.” “Are you sure?”
. “The bouncers threw him out and later the bartender said that Carlos was dead. but I have to ask anyways.” I said. I have questions. tell me the truth. There was a sadness to the man’s eyes.” “You’re helping to send an innocent man to jail. but he rubbed the bottom of his chin as if he were massaging a beard. I have a family. “Just want to hear your side of the story.” “Okay. and I really don’t want to get involved.” he replied. Mr. “Did you say deacon?” I nodded. “Broke his nose.” “Everyone thought that. “I don’t think so. “Listen man.Frank Atanacio
I walked into the back stock area and Mr.” I added.” “So the deacon went to town on him?” I asked sarcastically.” He tossed the cigarette to the floor and stepped on it. “Mr. it was as if he knew telling me the truth was out of the question.” He grimaced.” he replied. “I thought he was a bishop. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the deacon and that set him off.” he said as he took out another cigarette and lit it up. “It’s about the deacon and Carlos Rivera. with an honest face. “That’s all I got.” “I can help you.” he said slowly as if he was trying to think of the correct words. I may already know what you might say. “Mr.” He hesitated for a long time.” I said “I figure that. Bonilla was a tall thin man. “Came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. Bonilla was leaning against some boxes smoking a cigarette. “Truth?” “I told you the truth.” “Then don’t. and snapped his neck. something a little different. “So that man wasn’t a bishop?” “Nope.
. “I know something is bothering you.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
He breathed in.” His head fell to his chest. “Remember one thing. I’ll always be at your service.” I said as I walked over to him and placed some business cards into his shirt pocket. I know a few of those guys and they will stick their necks out for the right reasons.bibliotastic. “Think about it.” I said.” “You know I really can help you.” He smiled. “Yeah. and for a good cause. and I can get Bridgeport Police to help.
” he issued.Frank Atanacio
The next day I had my first encounter with Froggy’s boys. “Girl eats girl. “So you don’t care about your buddy?” I asked. “I shot you. Just the shells were still in place.” “I’ll drop you.” I said as I cocked the gun. “He’s not my buddy. “Like I said the first time. “What you’re telling me.” the driver quickly replied. “I’m warning you. “Is that you don’t mind if I put a bullet into your fat associate?” “Be my guest. “Who cares.” “Warms my heart to see such a loving family. “Drop the gun!” He shouted. His suit fit him like a glove.” I said. “Can’t do that. fat boy.” “Froggy is not going to like this. “It hurts. A heavy set Hispanic suit opened up the passenger side and stood behind the opened door visually combing the area. The building was boarded up and the pumps were stripped clean. It was just a few seconds more that went by when a light blue late model car with four doors pulled up behind my green Ford Explorer. “Oops. dog eats dog world. He dropped to the ground in pain as he held his bloody leg. “He’s a fat piece of shit anyways. It started as an all day tail. They followed me everywhere I went.” I replied.” I smiled. Perhaps they wanted to follow me to the fourth person on my list. and I do follow my list religiously. “Last warning.” I said. I fired a shot through the inside of their car hitting the driver in the left thigh. The driver did not hesitate as he quickly opened his door and pointed his gun at me from over the top of the car. He had his left hand on his hip and pushed his right hand into the breast pocket of the suit.” I replied. Jackie Reeves. just semantics.” said the fat guy.” I smiled.” said the driver. He was the fourth person I had penciled in. it hurts!” he screamed. He smiled.” “Damn. “Hello.” he continued. it’s all the same to me. “I can’t. The tailing has become more obvious. so I decided to find out why the tail.
. He was a well dressed Hispanic male in his mid thirties. I had to make my move so I quickly jumped behind him and put my gun to his head. I hid behind a dumpster that was covered in graffiti as I waited for my tail to pull in. “What the?” I smiled. “It’s not my style. The bartender at Froggy’s club.” I said with a hint of smugness. “It should.” The driver looked agitated. They come a dime a dozen. I drove down Lee Avenue and parked at a corner gas station that closed several years back. “Let him go!” he demanded. punk!” “Not before I drop him. He had a thin moustache and he wore stylish sunglasses.” I said. “Just an expendable associate.” I said.” I continued stalling.
” “You know blood can easily drain out of two bullet holes very quickly” I said as I tried frightening him. but I was wrong. It was a beautiful sight.” he sobbed.” “Two bullet holes?” He looked confused. so I thought really hard about my next statement. “Now fat boy.bibliotastic. And trust me.” “So you’d rather bleed to death?” “Froggy will kill me anyways. He was still on the ground holding his thigh wincing in pain. Kill him. “Or. “You’ll die. “You’re going to go into a deep sleep.” “I can’t.” “Once?” He nodded. you’re going to know it. I waited for a few seconds to see if the fat guy would come to. I never realized how weak the big guy was. I really wanted to know why they were following me.” I said.” I hit the fat guy in the back of his head with the butt of my gun and he dropped to the ground like a stone. that thinking about it first was my only option. “I’m bleeding badly!” he shouted. “Damn you’re weak. my friend.” He looked confused.
. “Damn!” “Better?” “You’re crazy!” “And you’re going to bleed to death. It was something so out of the ordinary. “I can see that from here. I’m going to let you bleed to death. Get it?” The driver thought about it.” “Froggy will hear about this!” “I’m sure he will. “You only shot me once. bleeding to death isn’t going to be pretty. “You know. why were you following me?” “Fuck you!” “I’ve been hearing too much swearing these passed few days.” I smiled devilishly. you tell me. When the end comes closer. I shot him in the other leg. and then die.” I started. I can’t. and then tell your boss that you had to kill him because you overheard him telling me. He’ll tell your boss that you told me.” “Of course you can. “Frankly. but he didn’t. I thought he had a little more fight in him. He just had a lot of fat in him. and he gets off Scott free. I had to think about it. I’m sick and tired of it. “So.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I don’t really care what Froggy likes or dislikes.” I said.” I walked around the car toward the driver.” I started as I kicked his gun away. why were you following me?” “I can’t say anything.” I said. because It was something I wouldn’t have done. It’s that simple.” I said as I stepped on his designer sun glasses. I smiled. “I need help!” “Mental or physical?” “Damn you!” “Well. “If you don’t tell me why you were following me.” “Really. “I know for a fact that you’re fat buddy there will tell me what I need to know.
.” He nodded as I retrieved his gun.Frank Atanacio
The driver thought about it some more.” I nodded. right?” “I always keep my promises. “But Froggy wants them to use his words. that late?” He nodded. “You’ve been a wealth of information. It wasn’t just you we followed.
. it was written across his face. “Hi. The driver smiled. There’s been a shooting and two people have been shot. thank you my friend.” “When?” “Sunday after mid-night. but the other can be saved if you come right away.” he said. “You’re going to call for help. “So there is dog fighting?” “All the time.” he replied.” said the driver. “Well.” he continued.” “But why the cover up?” “I don’t know.” he replied.” “O’Brien. “There must be some truth to what these witnesses are saying.. “Mike Brandon didn’t kill that man?” “That I can’t tell you.” “When and where is the next fight?” “Chico on Wordin Avenue. He wanted to. I need you to send an ambulance right away.” I said. I’m calling from a closed down gas station on the corner of State Street and Lee Avenue. 911 emergency. I smiled some more. I took out my cell phone and dialed 911.” “I see.” I said. “I wasn’t there. the deed. If anyone told you something different. we had to kill the witness.” “My gun.” I pursed my lips a bit.” he begged. “But the deacon did get into a fight with that bookie. I think one is dead.” I replied. “We just had to make sure you got what he wanted you to get. We followed that fat cop. “Is there dog fighting at his club?” “That moves around.” Your name? I hung up. “It wasn’t anything against you. “Well?” “One Eye Froggy wanted us to follow you because he needed to know that you got the information he wanted you to get. “I see.” “So the witnesses were coached?” He nodded.” “Damn.
www. I didn’t turn around nor did I look through my rear view mirror. Their family problems are their own business.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
. I jumped into my truck and turned right onto State Street and left onto Yale Street and then I heard two shots ring out.
“I’m looking for Jackie Reeves. He had an Afro. I gave the bartender a ten and he walked toward the register and rung me up. “I already spoke to the real police. He looked like a Dr. but that night there weren’t too many patrons. “Your policies?” I asked as I pointed to one of them. It was at that time. He walked away. “Old folks like you don’t need to come.” he said as he walked back toward me. “You’re Jackie?” He nodded. He had the olive skin with the black facial features. Seuss character. “Can I ask you some questions?” “I don’t think so.” I nodded. “So.” I called and he turned around. “The crowd don’t kick in until 11pm.” I threatened.” he said. I sat directly in front of him.
. “It’s early. I didn’t care. I turned around and saw two mountain men standing on each side of me. I heard it was a jumping place. The bartender was no more than 23 years old as he stood behind the bar wiping glasses. Perhaps it was early. I didn’t know and Frankly. “I don’t think so.” I smiled.” “Five dollars. and he was simply reaching for it. He was a thin Latino and African American mixed. “Hey bar keep. “I hear he was one of the witnesses. “Not so close.” “What kind?” “Becks. Jackie Reeves. My job was to question witness number four.” “Why?” “Questions about the murder that happened here. “I started.” “Insurance policies?” He grinned sheepishly again. He leaned directly in front of me as if he was going to kiss me or smell me. “Why not?” “Because of my insurance policies.” I said as I backed off just a little. He came back with five singles and slapped it directly in front of me. “Yes?” “Beer.” he replied. They were big and stacked with muscles.” he said as he placed the open beer in front of me. but it was pulled upward and held together with a rubber band. “Now you need to speak to me.Frank Atanacio
Later that evening I walked into Froggy’s bar on Fairfield Avenue. In fact you couldn’t really get a good checker game going with the patrons there. or perhaps the murder of Carlos Rivera had something to do with it.” “You heard right.” he said. “Slow tonight?” I asked.” I replied. I realized that there was a security button beneath the counter.” he said as he grinned sheepishly.
and make this a real fist fight. And I grabbed the man on my left and slammed his face against the bar not once. not once.” he replied.bibliotastic.” I said.” I nodded and walked out. “I don’t think it’ll be that easy to cancel his. “Would you speak to me?” He looked confused. I heard Jackie Reeves mutter something from behind the bar. The big guy stood up with his face covered in blood and looked at me with vengeful eyes. You see. and the fight is over.” I said slowly.” “I figure that. “It’s a simple question. but twice. He didn’t answer. I had no juices in me. I may simple just beat what I want out of you. “I’m not looking for easy. and there is no one left to fight with. I just said that to say it. I have this need to break some bones. In fact. “Will he fight me?” “No.” he said honestly.” “The truth?” “No. I was proud of myself. Or perhaps to scare the bartender.
www.” said the bartender. I didn’t come here to fight.” “The coached story?” He nodded. “You know he’s going to get you for this. I just cancelled his insurance policies. Well. given the position and circumstances you put me in. but you got my juices flowing.” “But he comes with more insurance policies than me. It was the quickest fight I have ever been in. “You have been a gracious bartender. and witness. but a man had to do what a man had to do. “Are you that afraid of Froggy?” I asked. but twice. The pain really didn’t register with him.” “Remember who cancelled yours.” I turned around to walk out. “Unfortunately. I grimaced.com
. It was unintelligible. “I can’t tell you the truth. but I understood the reason for his incoherence. I had to hit him again because I knew it was only a matter of time before he regained his full composure and was able to offer me a real fight.” I said. I was expecting him to attack me. “Would you speak to me if I had your policies cancelled?” “What?” “If I cancel your policy. and he had to deal with me. I elbowed the man on my right in the nose breaking it instantly. except you.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Jackie nodded. “You will be too.” “Then you’re screwing with the right guy. He fell back and was out cold. so I banged it against the bar again. I nodded. The man with the broken nose ran out of the bar.” “Well. I was proud as hell. “I’m a lover!” “So what do I do about my need to control my juices?” “I’ll tell you what happened that night. I hadn’t planned on fighting that evening. but he was nowhere to be found.” I said.” “I’m not a fighter!” he shouted.
He threw the first punch and missed. “Is that what the others were saying?” she asked. and her face a gentle light complexion.” I said. and a body that made every man look.” I laughed.” she said. “You were coached. I smiled. “The deacon. but that didn’t stop me from trying to enjoy her company. “I feel bad that I have to put you through this. “Why do men always say that when they’re talking to a pretty woman?” “So you think you’re pretty?” “Damn right.
.” she said as she sipped her water. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the deacon and that set him off. It was easy on my eyes.” I said.” She frowned still looking terrific. I ordered antipasto for two and a bottle of their best champagne. She smiled and I nodded.” I said.” She looked down at the table cloth. “Thanks for lunch. “Love your confidence. right?” “Yes.” I said. “Came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. She was the only one to supply a phone number to the police and I had called her and she agreed to meet me at a local restaurant located near my office in downtown Bridgeport. She laughed.” I took a breath. “I know what you’re going to say. because she was extremely hot. Her black hair was so thick and curly. She was wearing tight slacks and a pretty pink blouse.Frank Atanacio
Carolyn Lopez was the final name on my list. and the food was fantastic. Carolyn knew the owner. It was a big. She was dressed very tastefully. “So. and I fully understand why. “So this is about Carlos Rivera. “Thanks for meeting me. I smiled.” I nodded in agreement.” she replied. “Go right ahead. Carolyn and I had dinner in Ralph and Richie’s next to the Barnum museum. I nodded.” “It’s your job. so we got a nice table. I felt sort of out of her league. spacious place with excellent service. right?” “And the deacon. “I’m not a good liar. and opened the bottle of champagne.” I said as the waiter placed our food in front of us. She had thin perfect lips.” “Everyone does. “Thank God. O’Brien had warned me earlier. and he certainly wasn’t kidding. Plus. I tried to look my best for her. “I’m not sure where to start.” she said.” She smiled.” she said slowly as if she was trying to remember the correct words to say. Her eyes were rich brown. “This is professional.
“Why couldn’t Froggy just give you guys a different set of things to say. “You’ll be in hot water.” “Perjury?” “Big time.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She smiled with a hint of flirtation.” “Problems?” “I owe Froggy a lot of money.”
www. “You know. and we might say the wrong things. “I really shouldn’t be telling you any of this. That argument looked staged. “I’m here for you Carolyn.” I said.” “How so?” “They were talking all nice and nice. a little too late. “The police already know that you guys were coached. and I don’t get paid. “But I had to.” What a beautiful picture. “It was weird though.” “Froggy says this may not go to court. her ass in a sling. “Did the deacon start the fight. and the bookie even bought the deacon a drink.” “Why?” “We have problems.” she replied.” “There’s help for that.” she replied.” “But if you go to court. and I couldn’t shake it loose. everyone going to tell that you’ve been coached. “So there is more to this story?” “There is. “I can’t really tell you if they were friends.bibliotastic.” “Staged?” She nodded.” she said. yeah.” “Then I need to get to the bottom of this.” “So now you do favors for him?” “I’m his waitress. He would have my ass in a sling.” “So they were friends?” “I guess they had dealings before.” “Yeah.” She smiled.com
. but my ex-husband turned me on. plus this.” “You don’t strike me as a gambler.” she paused briefly. And that’s when I doubt your good looks could bail you out. Or at least from Carlos Rivera’s side.” I slowly bit my lower lip. really?” “He did argue with the bookie.” “If it does.” “I wasn’t. “How?” “Gambling debts. I know because I delivered it to him. It’s so childish.” she said.?” I said.” “Froggy says the deacon was too pushy.” “I didn’t want to do it.
” she warned.” she said.” I smiled.” I said.” she replied.” “Private investigations?” I nodded. “Honestly?”
. “I had a girl. “Good girl?” “Hot. “Oh. “What?” “How did you know about the dog fight this Sunday?” “I got it from someone in the driver’s seat.” “Why the hesitation?” she asked. no. what a beautiful picture. “I heard about the fight at the bar too. like you. you know him?” “He tried picking me up.” she said. right?” She nodded. “He’s really nasty.” I smiled.” she said. “Me too.” I smiled. “I know. “Of course silly. “If I know he definitely knows. her ass in a sling. “I’m sure Froggy knows about it too.” she said.” She smiled. “He’s the one whose going to put your ass in a sling. but she broke up with me.” “Paulie. Again.Frank Atanacio
She ate some food and I watched her chew. “I guess he and Tito were hired to follow you. “Why do you keep smiling at me.” “Puerto Rican?” I nodded.” “What’s her name?” “Zoraida Saez.” “Why?” “My line of work. “Ah. but you put a stop to that. “Are you going to be at the dog fight this Sunday?” I asked. “Do you have a girlfriend?” she asked. She glared at me. I heard.
” “Many ways. I laughed. “I’m trying to picture your ass in a sling.” She laughed.” “You can still get to know me. I laughed. “Honestly?” I nodded.” “And I’m going to give you mine.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She nodded.” she said. “You have my number. We ate and drank champagne. “Was wondering how you’d handle my ass in a sling. “I think you’d be a delight to get to know. And the afternoon went well. “Too bad we’re not meeting under different circumstances. “Now why are you always smiling?” I asked. many ways.
www.” She smiled. baby.com
.” She laughed.bibliotastic.” “Oh?” I nodded.
and he was good at it. He had lost his cell phone so I had to track him down the hard way.” “Beat you up and took the money?” “Beat me up like this. it’s me.” I didn’t believe the deacon because he wasn’t the type to just let anyone grab him.” “He covered everyone’s bet. “They came in here?” “Yeah. Why should I fight back?” “Because you’re Deacon Mike Brandon.” he said. “So what really happened?” “I told you the truth.” “Why were you really arguing with Carlos Rivera?” “Money. “You okay Mike?” I asked. and he was very difficult to find. “Okay. “I got no more fight left in me. “Sometimes bookies can’t cover the bets that same night. but mine. and I know she’s worried sick. “I won a lot of money and he refused to pay me. shoot. I walked in from the backside and he was sitting at his desk with his head down.” he said pointing to his face.”
. “What happened Mike?” “Some punks came in here and tried to rob the church. and I know those people need me. He had a black eye on top of a black eye. He said he didn’t have it. And the police are ready to jump on me as soon as you finish your investigation.” He smiled. I found him hiding in the basement of his church.” “I know you think I can take care of myself. and dried blood on his shirt. He was a fighter.” “Then can I ask you a few questions?” “Do you have to?” I nodded. “Did you ever change your clothes?” He nodded.” I nodded. come on. I can’t go home to my wife. “A new fight?” He nodded again. I looked around and I noticed everything was in order.” “But you didn’t give him enough time to get it?” I asked. A kick ass kind of guy. He lifted his head up and I noticed it was covered with bruises. but these past few days were really hard on me. “I’ll give you that. “You don’t believe me?” “No.” I said. I can’t run my church.” he replied. “You fight back?” “Two of them grabbed me and the third punched the shit out of me.Frank Atanacio
I had to meet with Mike Brandon. “Mike. and nothing was thrown to the floor.” he started.
and he didn’t carry that much on him. I told him I needed the money and he told me tough shit. but I didn’t. I’m sorry for what I did. I could cleaned up the floor with his scrawny ass. dog eats dog. “I hit the dog fights big. and I didn’t mean to punch that guy in the nose. He swung at me and missed. “Just want to make sure you’re on the up and up with me. That just triggered something in me so I called his mama a name. and I swung at him and punched the shit out of him.” he said as he looked directly at me.” “Okay.” I said knowing that if he lied to stay out of jail would only come back to bite him in the ass. He said he wasn’t going to pay.” he started. girl eats girl.
www. “Not until I get all my little ducks in a row.” he said.” “Yeah. “I understand the ramifications of death.” “So you do have a little fight left in you.com
. give me something to hang my hat on.” “Everyone lies!” “Even you?” He glared at me. It wasn’t a fair fight. “I just don’t want to go to jail.” “The loss of your niece kind of put you out there. I can take!” I smiled.” I said using the driver’s line. it’s all semantics.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Were you friends?” “I don’t know him too well.” “You’re going to kick my ass?” “I’ll do more than that.” “I know him from the gambling only.” I said. “Are you reporting this to the police?” he asked. “Don’t play with me.” I said. “I’m sorry Nick. “But it was to get me to make bets with him. you almost lost Zoraida.” “You may not have even killed him.” he confessed.” “A waitress said she delivered a drink to you that was purchased by Carlos. “Come on Mike.” I nodded.” “You. “I went over to Carlos Rivera and asked him for my money. You see everyone has a motive! It’s a dog eats dog world!” “Yeah. that Latina waitress did bring me a drink purchased by that cheap ass. “Didn’t he buy you a drink?” “That cat never bought anyone a drink!” he shouted. Nick.” “I’m just so sorry all of this started.” I said.” “I know. “And you know that because?” “He’s a cheap ass!” “But you don’t know him that well. “Really?” “Just hang in a little longer and let me get to the bottom of this.” He smiled.bibliotastic.
” I said.” he added. Mike Brandon was filled with adrenaline.” I suggested. I’m sure he felt the walls closing in.” “I like dancing. “Why don’t you go wash up.” he continued.” The deacon nodded.” I said sincerely. “Just want to see if his bark is worth than his bite.” the deacon warned. “I know.” “Be careful Nick. He was hiding something.” “I’m going to start keeping a close leash on One Eye Froggy. Maybe you were just a scape goat.
. “I just want to find out if killing Carlos Rivera and the dog fights go hand and hand.” “Robbed?” I nodded. There was no conviction. I need to find out if there’s a correlation.” I said. “Keep in touch with your wife.” I said. “He’s not a punk gang member. “Yeah.” “This guy is tough.” “But dealing with Froggy is an over boil. Wishing I had stayed home. Not just yet. I knew that there was more to his story. “You told me that once. Nick. “You’re going to be dancing cheek to cheek with the devil.Frank Atanacio
He nodded. “Call the police and let them know you were robbed.” “Everything comes down to a boil for a reason. “I thought I liked dancing too.” I grimaced. and that would soon come out like dirty little secrets. I left. The reason I knew that he was lying to me was when he told the truth. Mike. you could hear the conviction. yeah robbed. He smiled. and now look at me. but I didn’t push it.
I realized she could have had her choice of any guy she wanted.” She smiled. “You keep teasing me and I bet you won’t get lucky. Everything has a place.” I said.” “Beer would be fine.” “Most of it.” “I heard so much about you. Nick PT Barnum. “I am.” “All bad I hope. but decided against it. “You can rip my clothes off and take advantage of me right here. It was out of the blue and certainly unexpectedly.”
www.bibliotastic. “So.” She laughed. I can’t be fancy?” I laughed again and she pushed me. but she chose me. How so?” “Let’s just say I can play hockey without a stick. She was a pretty girl caught up in bad things. She quickly made a dash for the kitchen and came back with two cold bottled beers. What really turned me on was the fact that she seemed a bit frisky over the phone. “I wanted to make sure it found its way to your front steps. I had all the plans to get the stains out of her dirty laundry. “Well. Every stain can come out of dirty laundry.” She turned and smiled. I’ve elected to simply allow the chips to fall where they may. “Are you Nick PT Barnum?” she asked jokingly. It was as if she was expecting me right at that moment. “A beer drinker.” she said. I was planning to give her a thorough background check. “I started as I looked around at her neat apartment. she was hot.” I said.” she grinned. sit down.” “Is that a choice?” She nodded.” “Good. “Something funny?” “Yeah you.” I smiled.” She was so organized. “You’re going to be the lucky one. She was wearing a New York Mets baseball cap. “Come in. but why couldn’t she get her finances straightened out? “How do we start?” I nervously asked. “My kind of girl. Perhaps she was waiting by the window.” “I make certain of that.” I joked. “Nice place you have here. “Then I choose to rip your clothes off and take advantage of you right here. and there’s a place for everything. and a number 15 Mets black jersey with tight white shorts. I knocked on the light oak wood door and Carolyn opened it up immediately.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I was pleased that Carolyn Lopez called me over to her apartment for a drink.com
. and we’ll take it slow.” “You thought I’d be a fancy girl?” I laughed. “What. Damn. Or at least pile them high on the bedroom floor. or you can simply ask for a drink. I started those rumors.
” I said.” she said. not Zoraida.” “I bet you do. “It’s the best I got. “I thought I saw you in the newspapers once or twice before. “It was a terrific date. “I just didn’t want to break any of your furniture as I make wild and passionate love to you.” “I’m not that easy.” “Just make me your bitch. “About two weeks ago.” I said. “Right here?” “Problem with that?” she asked. “Or you’d rather not talk about it?” “I just want to spend some good times with a regular guy. “No. even morals. “I understand. “With you.” “When was the last time you had hair on your face?” she asked.” she said.” “I am. When you’re with Nick. “And who wants to keep on your good side so I’d be in your pants by the night’s end.” She smiled. everything goes flying.” she replied. and take me.” “Oh you are a pig!” “Carolyn.” I replied.” “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” she replied.” She laughed.” I started.Frank Atanacio
“I get that a lot.” I smiled. but I had to block that out of my mind. She sort of reminded me of Zoraida.” she said softly as she began to undress.” “Is that dirty talk?” “You want more?” “At least better than that.
.” “That’s business?” “For me it is. “You’re laughing at me?” I asked. “How did you start gambling?” She looked puzzled. I wanted to sleep with Carolyn that night. “I’m asking as a friend who wants to help.” “Is there a need to laugh?” “None. “Did you have a moustache once?” “No.” I answered.” “Really?” “I would know that.” she said. “No business. “Now get undressed.” “I’ll be the judge of that.
and I’m not a stock-broker type. I really had to pinch myself. Nevertheless. and certainly no Viagra.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I’m sure you will. It’s just that she was so attractive.bibliotastic. It wasn’t that I wasn’t good looking. so take notes!” She smiled. I bet I’d pale in comparison to the men she’d usually date. Nick PT Barnum needed no comparison. because I couldn’t believe I was really here with her.
www. I’m a great looking guy.com
but I’m a simple guy. Barnum.” “A broken nose couldn’t have killed him. “And that could have killed him. “Got her trained.” In her office was one of the few personal computers allowed by hospital administrators. “I know you want to use medical terminology on me. right?” “True. “Can we talk away from the dead?” I asked. with a fit body structure.” she said not looking up. “Mr. “But there simply was no traffic to get stuck in. but cute.” “Of course not.” I replied. “Information gave me directions to this haunting room.” She smiled.” “So a punch in the nose could have caused him to fall backwards. and there was access to the internet with medical ties. “Right on time. his neck was snapped. She nodded as I walked closer to her. “Listen.” “I was trying to be fashionable late. Marcia Freeman at the Bridgeport Hospital Morgue.” I said mostly to myself.” I whispered. and checking personal information or email wasn’t permitted either. “We’ve determined the cause of death to be a broken neck. and my job was to find out how they got dead.” she said as she continued examining the body. Personal computers were not allowed. Freeman was a tall slender woman. She was here to answer some questions. Keep it simple. “Jenny doesn’t lie. There were programs that only their computers supported. She grabbed an old doughnut from the coffee counter and bit into it slowly. Dr.” I said.” “He neck was napped?” She stared disdainfully at me. “But he didn’t have a broken nose. “Sure. She wore designer glasses. Her nose was long. I nodded. “I hear that you cause a lot of these dead bodies.” she agreed.” “Yes. Her job was to examine the dead. Even he admitted to that. she wasn’t here to attract me. and the fact that she hasn’t any make-up on didn’t help either.” “She nodded.” She smiled. “Yes.” The doctor smiled.” “Someone is telling you lies. “So you wanted some information on Carlos Rivera?” she asked.”
.” I started. “The deacon punched him in the nose. “She’s a good captain.” I started.” “Could it have been from a counter of table?” “Do you mean if he could have snapped his neck by falling backwards on a counter or table?” I nodded. and her blonde hair had sprinkles of gray. I was not to surprised that she was touching a dead body on a table in front of her. She seemed well rested. but her slight bags under her eyes told a different story.Frank Atanacio
The next morning I had to visit Dr. and I’ll be out of your hair very quickly.” “Sure he did. “Captain Camacho wanted me to give you my complete cooperation. “So it could be ruled out as an accident. The hospital wanted to make sure their patients were never ignored.” I said. Nevertheless.” she replied as we walked to a small corner office. It appeared that her job kept her from keeping up with her appearance.
” “My ex-husband worked for him.” she started as I turned back to face her.” I started. damn you’re slow. “I see his work come through this hospital often.” “Again. PT Barnum is the greatest showman. He’d rather have others do the work for him. “Why?” “My connections. “You know. He has this controversial way of handling these groups of people.” “So you have evidence that could help free an innocent man. “And the deacon drinking a Bloody Mary?” “I’m kidding.” I nodded.” “But when you found it had something to do with Froggy.” “Yeah. “If I did. and missed the drink shot up and splattered all over him.” “You know Carlos?” “No. “I’m not really the greatest.” “How do you know this?” She looked levelly at me. but they’re not using it?” She nodded.” “Do you know his business?” I asked. and homosexuals. women.” “So he could have been framed?” She nodded. “They’re going to have another examiner supply them with the same information. How did you ever become Bridgeport’s greatest private eye? Carlos was holding the drink. I had to have something great because I’m certainly no showman. “The police knows it. “But why?” I asked myself as I turned away from the doctor.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“He was holding a Bloody Mary in his hand. Lots of it.” I asked.” I said. “How do you know this. “I was on duty when Carlos Rivera came in. and the only thing found in his stomach were the ingredients to a Bloody Mary.” she started. I hear you’re a show off.” I nodded. She grinned. “Yes?” “This Froggy guy. “He did break his nose and he wasn’t holding the Bloody Mary. It’s that play on words.” “I’m sorry. and me Nick Barnum. “So he did bust Carlos in the nose?” “Clocked him good.” “Was Carlos drunk?” “His alcohol levels were very high.” she answered.” I Paused as she bit into the doughnut again.” “Me too. He hates black people. and when the deacon swung. “Didn’t the police tell you this?” “They kept it from me. “You decided to tell the captain of police your history?”
www.” I paused.” she said.com
. “Not really sure.” “Well. he would have changed that. and then they’ll take it from there.” she answered. “People like that man avoid scenarios that will have him come into contact with these groups of people.bibliotastic.” she smiled.
” “After the reports?” “When I completed the reports is when all this came to light.” “Because of what you found.” “You’ve been a great help. She slipped it into her pocket and smiled at me. “Captain Jenny Camacho and I go a long way back. I walked out of her workplace and looked at the autopsy report.” “I wish it were under different circumstances.” “B B?” She nodded.” I Nodded.” she paused. She smiled. No matter what!” “Just checking. “So the reports have no prejudices. “If you need anything else.” “Here’s a print out of the autopsy report. “Is that all the questions you have?” she asked. and because of the ties you have?” She pondered those questions for a moment and then answered. “I’m here and I believe the police wanted you to speak to me. her eyes shifting away from me.” I said. “So the other doctor who handed everything over to te police. “I was the first to handle his corpse. “I could never have a bad night. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for.” she said warmly.” I nodded. and I stick with it. “I would never jeopardize my job for anyone! I report the truth. right?” “Even still.” she said as she handed me the paper. “Too bad your audience consists of dead people.” “Damn you’re a funny girl. “I think Detective O’Brien wanted me to make sure you get everything they got. glancing at the empty coffee pot. but I studied it like a medical student would.” “Good.
.” she replied.” I said.” I nodded again. I was the ideal person to speak to. “Me too. “If you think of anything else I need to know. and no. I handed the doctor my business card and she accepted it. “I’ve known him for a number of years through his wife. “I have a great deal of work to do.” she said. I called her immediately and explained. call me. is she on duty?” “He.” “I also know the deacon.” she said she took out a pair of surgical gloves from a box on the counter. She nodded. “Call the police.Frank Atanacio
She shrugged.” “Sometimes it’s better that way.” she half shouted.” “So you think. “For now.” She said softly. That’s all.” She smiled.
and how I was never home. Delicate again? Tired and bothered as I was. and I had mine. It lets me be me.bibliotastic. I remembered her kisses. B B had her one. Because if you do. Everything we did together developed into a pattern that inked itself permanently in my consciousness.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Everything didn’t seem to be going the way I expected it. Everything has to be hit head on. but that was far too delicate for me.com
. They complained amongst themselves. he seemed challenged. I knew my neighbors complained about it. I’d had a few sweethearts since Zoraida. I liked it. there has to be no room for being challenged. Delicate? My house came with a farm porch that stretched from one side of the house to the other. and it’s all I knew. Again they talked amongst themselves. and knew that I wasn’t trained to do anything else. When you allow something to challenge you. it may cause you to lose your life. It’s difficult rule to follow. Zoraida was a whole package deal. She once said she didn’t want to let fear in the door. even a little fear. and getting the upper hand is what I always strived for. I couldn’t get some much needed rest. Again with the delicate. I remembered everything we did together. I thought about it. She was only trying to protect her son. and I fully understood. I took off my gun and laid down on the sofa that I had stored there for dumping purposes. She was afraid of what my job was going to do to her family. when O’Brien spoke to me. I fell asleep. In my line a work. but they never approached me.
www. I kept thinking about that word. When the deacon spoke to me. her laughs. She wanted me to quit what I was doing once. but a rule nevertheless. and the thoughts of that beautiful girl intensified. While the ripples were still spreading. but she was the one I didn’t want to let go. O’Brien had hit it on the head when he called her the one. Without being delicate. I guess they thought I was much too delicate to hear the truth. She told me to try an office job. They were always talking about the way I live. I lay there thinking and my thoughts kept coming around to Zoraida Saez. but I never got around to doing it. I couldn’t remember a case ever being so delicate. Funny how relationship works. he lacked conviction. and the way she drove her sports car. Pushing her skirt way up high so that I could be teased unmercifully. it’ll end up staying over like an unwanted family member who has nothing better to do than to sponge off of you.
what the hell is going on?” she asked as she stood directly in front of me with her hands on her hips. “Hey. I bet. I’m all over this. but she wasn’t at all wild. “He got caught up in places he shouldn’t be in.” she said. She was steady.” I said. and she heard the news all the way down in Florida. Maybe try and give her some comfort. Her favorite deacon was accused of murder. She had a nose piercing and a tongue ring. and knew how to handle people. She started when she was in high school just doing some light filing. that wasn’t going to be much of a problem. It was frightening and unsettling. Things would certainly not be the same. “You haven’t glowed like that since Zoraida.” “What are you talking about?” “You got a girl!” “Don’t be crazy. My door opened. pretty Latin woman with dark short hair. She set the bar high for herself. “Why are you glowing?” “Glowing?” “Yeah. “Okay Nick.” “Don’t be an ass.” I smiled.” I said. and drag us down with you.” “I am. I nodded. “Yeah.” she said.” she said giving me a curious look.” “Don’t play with me Nick. and I would always look out for her. “Can’t have my favorite deacon locked up. She was intelligent. but had planned to reach her goals. “I hope you’re doing something about it.” “I’m not glowing. That was a big plus in this business.” “What is B B doing about this?” “She’s worried.” she continued. So I decided to hire her as my secretary. She was oddly my right hand man. “When did you ever know me to play around about a serious situation?” Janet worked for me for about five years. She didn’t realize that the deacon lost his cell. frantic. She had olive skin and big brown eyes that often displayed a puppy expression. “You know I’m right. She wasn’t very efficient. “What’s up with Mike Brandon?” “Looks like the deacon is in serious trouble. ask yourself. It was upsetting and she wanted to know what I was doing about it. I’m going to pay her a visit.” Janet was visiting her favorite vacation spot when she first heard the news. as if she owned the joint. glowing. She had left over seven messages on Mike Brandon cell phone. “Janet. She was finishing up college.” “Poor mama. and he hung around people he shouldn’t be seen with.” “Janet. She couldn’t continue to enjoy herself until she knew what was going on. you pimp!”
. She had a sour look on her face and her expression was clear. She was a thin.” “You got a new girl. I got use to her and she got use to me. It has put him in a bad spot.Frank Atanacio
Janet returned from vacation. Knowing her. you are.” “Maybe I’m pregnant. and had lots of dreams.” Janet said.” I replied without holding back any punches. but he has failed to return her calls.” “Yeah. but she served her purpose. and I wouldn’t know what to do without her if she decided to leave. and she stormed in like a woman on a mission. She was always looking out for me. “Damn you men know how to screw life up. It was a fashion statement for her.
” “Come on.” “No.” I said.” “Nothing? Strange name. “So you’re telling me that this nothing. “We just met.” she said. “But she reminds me a little of her though. “I just can’t picture you a booty call type of person.” She gave me the middle finger. “What’s her name?” “I’m telling you Janet. Nicky boy. Don’t live with Zoraida through her.” she started. Reminding you of Zoraida is only telling me that you wish she was Zoraida. and it went a little too far. and you just admitted it.” I smiled.” “Damn.” I said.bibliotastic. is just a booty call?” “Booty call?” “Yeah.” “Better looking than Zoraida?” “I don’t compare girls. “Let’s just leave it at that.” she put her fingers on her chin. “What?” “I’ll find out who she is. “But damn Nick.” “You see Nick. “Don’t do that. people change. I smiled. “Why?” “Got to watch my old man’s back. it’s nothing.” “It’s been two years!” “Aha!” “What?” “You said It’s been two years. “I’m a pimp daddy.” Janet laughed. Let her stand on her own two feet and be her own person. spill the beans.”
www.” She smiled. really.” she chuckled.” I laughed.” I said. But hey. “That hurts. Zoraida’s body isn’t even cold yet. “That means you are seeing someone knew.” “It’s nothing.com
. “You are college educated.” she said. “I don’t think I know her. “Carolyn Lopez? Hmm.” “Good.” I said.” “You had sex with her?” “You said it. “Come on pimp daddy.” I tried to explain.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“You can’t tell that by just looking into my face.” “It really isn’t nothing.” “Do what?” “You shouldn’t compare girls like that.” “Carolyn Lopez.” I said.” I smiled.
” I whispered. “Damn. She continued laughing as she walked out of my office and slammed the door behind her.Frank Atanacio
I gave her my middle finger. “I think she will too. “Just leave things alone.” I said.”
.” She smiled.
She was a very attractive woman and the men knew it. He did not ask me for identification.” she replied. I noticed that the gamblers were drawn to that particular spot because of her.” she said. but failed to see this happening in their own back yard. She was handing the orders to the bartender and he was quickly handing her the drinks.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Sunday came rather quickly as I hustled over to Chico for the dog fighting contest. Nevertheless. but I too was drawn to her charm. I walked toward the light and noticed a sign beneath it pointing to the rear of the building.
www. My eyes went into puppy mode. He wore farmer overalls and a wife beater tee-shirt. He also had exposed hair on his chest pushing up toward his neck. Damn. He had a thick beard and a full moustache. “Nick!” Carolyn called. “I don’t pay for beers. “Yeah. She was the complete package. In this case dogs used for fighting. Behind her sat the bouncer. and I had to keep digging. He was a bear of a man. Both the dogs looked like they just came out of a war zone. It was partially covered. There was a small arena at the center of the room and two pit-bulls tied on each side of the arena. She blew a kiss at me.bibliotastic. The trailer was obviously used to transport animals. They were closed of course. The smell of urine was strong as it hit me like a ton of bricks. but the flower shop at the end had a light on. A beer would be great!” She smiled.” I repeated. A wooden trailer was parked in the back. She handed me a draft. It was held at the Chico Social Club in a blue collar community. Oh baby! “What are you doing later tonight?” I asked.com
. okay. I knew that the sign was meant for the would be gamblers. He had lots of curly hair on his shoulder and upper arm. In fact. Everything you wanted in a girl with the exception of the gambling debt. exposing some dog crates. I saw Carolyn Lopez standing at the corner of the bar taking drink orders. I sipped. There was a strip of stores on that side of the road next to Chico. “Working tonight?” I asked as I kissed her cheek. The building was situated just beyond the Fairfield town line and just short of the on-ramp to I95 South bound heading toward New York City. “Oh. It was my job. about a hundred yards from the stair-well.” I nodded. or he didn’t expect a password. They had anger in their eyes. He simply just let me in. I found myself drifting in and out of reality. A community that had neighborhood watches.. I slept with that! It wasn’t that hard to admit. “You want a drink?” “Scotch and water. The one on the right side of the arena had a missing ear. The pit-bull on the left side had dried blood on his face that completely covered scars. “Here!” I knew where she was. I knocked on the dirty gray metal door and a thin tall dark skinned Latino male opened it up. but you know the deal. I had to be there. and Mike Brandon was my friend. He gave me an up and down look and allowed me passage. but I played it off and looked surprised to see her. I smiled. “Probably making love to you. They were like a well oiled machine.” “A beer?” “Scotch and water. I followed the directions to the back of the shop and into a dark stairwell. and fighting clenched teeth. to her natural beauty.
“Hey!” The bouncer called. They stopped directly in front of me. but did not get off his chair. and then a calm. “Leave the lady alone. “Holy-shit!” Foggy turned toward the ring and then his eyes smiled in triumph. He was staring sullenly at me. I couldn’t believe people actually betted on these types of things. why do you bitches have to make this shit so difficult?” he said as he wrote my name in the book and walked away. She’s got work to do. Thank God I only put down ten bucks. I knew that look. “How much?” a man in a light gray suit and a pimp hat asked me. and how much I placed as a bet.” I said. I understood that I was violating his turf. and horrible spectacle.” “Your name?” “Nick. “How much? You asshole. and what dog?” I looked at the dogs in the arena and really didn’t want to bet on either one of them. It was show time. I noticed the excitement in the patrons’ eyes. Perhaps he was attracted to my tall good-looking features. I get it. Glancing around the club. I’m leaving her alone. yet I wanted to feed him a fly.” I said. The bouncer walked up to me with Froggy in tow. He had a patch over one eye and his facial feature and popped out eye had reptilian features. The excitement was just about to begin as the lights dimmed and everyone quickly ran toward the arena. “How much what?” “Are you betting.” “I know right where that is. The dogs in the arena were ripping at each other and all of a sudden there was a shriek.” “Damn.” “Ten.” said the bouncer. Froggy looked curiously at me as I tried not to stare. Perhaps he was wondering why I was here. They needed medical attention.” I said. right?” “Only if you wanna meet me between the sheets. but it probably did attract his attention. It was false gratification.” she smiled. “The missing ear dog.
. and this was probably their last night alive. “Hey!” The bouncer shouted. and my heart ached. That ten dollars wasn’t going to make him any money.” “Come back again.Frank Atanacio
I smiled. I looked toward the arena and the dog with the missing ear was covered in blood and lifeless. I saw it a million times. It was a total disgrace. I couldn’t believe how ugly he looked. but I had to be here. but gratification nevertheless. and the bouncer smiled. There was a man standing next to the bouncer who really looked like a frog. He was studying the aftermath briefly and muttered. I quickly turned to face the dogs as they went at it in the ring. “Yes?” “Pay-out time. I know. He turned and whispered something to the bouncer and returned his glare toward me again. There was a small heavy set man standing in front of the dogs holding cash in both hands. I was doing it for a friend. He knew that the house had made a lot of money.” “Last name too. “After work. “The lady has work to do. He was so excited with the outcome of the dog fight.” The bouncer growled.” “I’m sorry. “I know. you asshole!” “Barnum. It was a dreadful.
of course. I saw the room spinning. “You placed ten!” “Holy-shit.. A flash shot right before my eyes. and my body ached. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. but whatever they used was heavy and precise. I’m giving you to the end of this week to pay. but I just realized that someone had hit me in the back of the head with a blunt instrument. I had to think about the bet I had just lost.” “Ten thousand dollars you asshole!” “Ten thousand what?” “Dollars!” “I didn’t bet that much!” “The minium bet on this fight was a thousand dollars!” shouted the bouncer. “It’s hard to collect money from a dead man. but I had to think.” said the bouncer. Normally it would have taken several hits to knock me out.” “Can I plead my case?” “I can’t kill you. “Barnum?” Froggy looked confused. I’m gonna have to kill you so the others can see that we don’t play around. I didn’t know there was a minimum.. “Have our money!” he demanded as he pointed his finger into my chest. “You’re that guy asking questions?” “That’ll be me.” “Everyone who came tonight knew about the minium. But let me tell you this.bibliotastic. “I don’t carry that much money on me. “Besides. The bouncer moved closer to me and his big belly was unpleasantly touching my arm. “I su.” Froggy smiled. If not.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Oh.” he said.com
. “Well?” he growled. “What the fuck is this?” “I lost.” I said as I handed him ten dollars.” There was a quick thump and I fell to my knees. well the losers just pay.” I said.” “You took out some of my men. I wanted to push him away. and the losers. I saw men shoes in front of me before everything went dark. The winners won twenty times the amount they placed.
www.” I gulped. I saw Carolyn Lopez worrying and finally.
“You like baseball?” The dog didn’t answer. because I really couldn’t feel my legs. so that became a task in itself. but couldn’t. “What the hell did these animals do to this poor dog?” On the ground next to my feet. “It really is a dog eats dog world. We may never get up. and the other duffle bag next to it. It appeared that he had his throat cut. “I like the Mets. Or perhaps it was just the beating I got that made everything difficult. but I knew they were bleeding. “We better talk about something to keep us awake. He went into a whimpering frenzy. In response to some sort of private investigator’s instincts. It took some doing. “I know what you’re thinking. He was stabbed twice in the throat. The winner of that contest. In the bag was the dog with the missing ear. “But if you owed them money. I looked for the zipper and it was dark outside. lying on his side with his paw frozen with rigomortise was the dog that made me lose ten thousand dollars. the smell from the bag was so strong I almost threw up. Maybe you should have gambled too. “I don’t think we should fall asleep. His bloodied head motionless on the ground.” I said. I mustered enough strength to zip open the bag and out fell the other pit-bull. what hit me?” I said softly. “Of course we can become friends. Something that wasn’t going into the garbage can. I couldn’t feel my lips. He tried to clench his teeth and growl. There were two canvas duffle bags laying about three feet away from me. They were next to each other side by side. I noticed the dog had a very difficult time trying to keep its head up. that one-eyed punk the money if he would have guaranteed me the life of that poor dog. and my face was covered in cuts. However. It looked like they took turns punching me around while I was unconscious because my entire body ached. He crawled closer to me and fell into my lap. “I wonder what these monkey’s left behind?” I said as I pulled the first one toward me.” The dog’s purr was quieter.” I said. “Damn. but I managed to crawl toward the first one. I opened the bag up and at first I couldn’t recognize the stench.” I said. they wouldn’t have tried to kill you.” The dog continued purring.” I said as the dog crawled closer to me. The dog was almost purring. I didn’t realize it at first. but I knew it moved on its own because I wasn’t touching the bag at the time. right?” The dog was quiet. The dog too was looking for comfort. Perhaps it was because my nose was full of dried blood. He put his bloody head on my lap and closed his eyes.” I said. The dog licked my arm. and then stopped almost as I put my hand on his head. “Should I?” I pulled the other bag toward me and it moved. my friend. I just knew that the duffle bags had something in them. “I know how you feel dog.” I said. and this was his reward.” The dog whimpered again. I would have given Froggy. “You’re thinking that this is a Yankee town. and I knew the bags weren’t garbage. but somehow survived it. “Don’t tell me it’s the other dog?” I whispered.Frank Atanacio
When I came to I realized I was sitting in a dark alley way covered in garbage and smelling my own blood. I looked into his bloody eyes. “You rest. and the dog looked into mine. “You with me buddy?”
bibliotastic. “But at least he didn’t die alone.” But at least he didn’t die alone? That wasn’t even comforting! I kept patting the dog and my eyelids were getting to heavy.com
.” I whispered.
www. I smelled the rotting dog next to me. I hope I don’t die alone. “Damn.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
There was no sound coming from the dog at all. and I kept petting the dog on my lap. “Buddy?” I pulled the dog’s head toward me and realized he had died. It was just too much for me to take as I drifted back into the unconsciousness.
” I said. It took several minutes before someone realized that I was in the trash. “Froggy must have cleaned up his act. carrying on with a prostitute.” I tried to reach for the lid. “Yeah. but I’m still good.” “You shouldn’t be drinking.” “Those women standing next to my police officers tell something different.” I said as he helped me out of the dumpster.” “A whore Nick?” O’Brien looked disappointed. I didn’t have the energy to stand. I was just about to make some coffee. “Grab my hand. There was still a lot of commotion. Pete. and when I opened my eyes up it was still dark. and someone peered in at me.” said O’Brien as he stuck his hand in for grabbing. “No dogs.” “Pete. “Help!” I called. It was darkness from within a garbage dumpster. you too. The plastic lid shot open. “Hello. and making a spectacle of yourself.Frank Atanacio
I heard a great deal of commotion. you didn’t want to pay.” “What?” “They’re given us a written statement. Someone had picked me up and tossed me into a garbage dumpster like Tuesday’s trash. but I was far too deep. “Come in.” He said as he helped me stand to my feet.” “I really want to tell you that you’re a sight for battered eyes.” “What?” “They told them that you were here all night singing. “It’s me.” “The dog fight in Chico?” He shook his head from side to side.” said O’Brien. “You know me!” “I thought I did.” I replied. “It was really touch and go for a moment. “Someone threw me away.” “What about the dead dogs in the alley?” I shouted as I pointed to the alley.” I said.” “Explain the beating.” “Those old hens were put up to it!”
.” I continued.” I smiled faintly. “I wasn’t. until I realized that it wasn’t darkness from the lack of sun. we checked. “Nick?” “God?” “No you idiot.” I called. I couldn’t believe it. “Their pimp. “I’m in here.” “What the hell are you doing in the garbage?” “Someone threw me away. “Can you help me out?” “I should let you rot there!” “It stinks so bad in here.
Froggy was a much more human presence than the mayor.” I said as he helped me into the car.” “But you love me. you know it’s a game he’s playing. “Pete.bibliotastic.” “You didn’t have to.” “You were out here doing whatever. This would never fly if I really had to arrest you.” “So you’re not making any progress?” “We’re doing th best that we could.” “Pete.” he said.” “That makes him honest?” “I didn’t say that.” “Can I bribe you?” “Don’t get cute or I’ll throw your ass back into the dumpster. You know that. but he can account for every penny. Just like he’s doing to Mike Brandon.” he said as he entered the car.” “Must be the lack of evidence. Or at least I couldn’t pay. They killed two pit bulls last night and must have taken them away. “I’m telling you. and he knows some important people. check out the club!” “Let’s just go so I can let these people go back to their homes. He was a genuine threat to the citizens of this city.” he started as he turned to face me. you stink. “We have increased our investigation. thanks for getting me out of that can. and that the deacon will be okay.” “No.” he said pointing toward some police officers and several woman standing next to them. “It’s you. and they took it out on me and the dogs. How can I believe you over them? There are several of them. I can’t take your side on this. and then there is just you. we have to do something about Froggy.” he said.” It just accord to me as O’Brien was helping me to his police cruiser.” “You just had one too many.” He nodded. “Don’t worry. He does have a great deal of money. “Let’s just leave this alone for now.” “That hurts. they were put up to it.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Let me take you home.” “Listen.” he said. Nick.”
www.” “Does that remotely sound like something I would do?” I asked.” “What do you want me to say?” “That you’re getting leads.” “I should have left your stank ass there.com
. I came here for the dog-fight!” I pleaded.” He grimaced.” “Then lie. I’m telling you. those woman over there. I was just wondering if O’Brien knew it. “You’re really stinking up my cruiser. it’s not what it looks like. I’m not going to arrest you. “It came up empty. They said you were out here with a woman and she demanded payment for the sex you’ve had.” “Let’s just get you home. but I should for being a stupid ass. We’ll work on something to help the deacon out.” “Pete. “Let’s go.” “Again Nick. “I lost a lot of money and I didn’t pay.” “Pete. “You got caught up with booze and a prostitute.” “Can’t say what isn’t true. He’s the highest tax payer this city has.” “Well. “Are given us statements.” “That didn’t answer my question.
“For now.” “For now. “And the deacon continues to squirm.” he said.
.” I grimaced.Frank Atanacio
He smiled. Nick.
He helped me into my house and made sure I was cleaned up. “I just got to bet on the main event. “What? I couldn’t. However.” I replied.” he said. but he didn’t have to.” “We’re going to continue checking on that. and the hours were just too long. “Not with B B standing over him.” said O’Brien. “Mostly poor. “I’d like to loosen him a bit with my fist for having those dogs killed. “Can’t make you promises though. I smiled. “And the deacon had his hands dirty.” I said. “What?” “Gets the money from his church.” I said. “Can I offer you a drink?” “Enough with the booze.” “From his parishioners. “I’ve known her for a long time.” “Maybe she didn’t know. I should have realized that when the bets were a thousand dollar minium. I don’t know how he could have waged a thousand dollars a fight. “Maybe she didn’t want to know.” “I guess.” “A thousand?” “Something I couldn’t afford.” “That place wasn’t just no dog-fighting backyard type.com
.” O’Brien started. He is a well tight man.” “Don’t put anything over on that woman.” he said.” he said as he tossed me a dry towel. “So you do believe there is dog fighting?” “I believe you.” I said. I think.” He nodded.” he said. “There were several scheduled.” I restated.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Detective Peter O’Brien lived his whole life as a bachelor.” He nodded. “I’m glad.” “Froggy?” He nodded.bibliotastic.” O’Brien gave me a side-ways glance. he was a good friend and he really cared about me and the deacon. She’s no dummy.” “Deacon Brandon wouldn’t stoop that low. and high ceilings that totally whispered privilege. “I can’t see Mike betting on those fights and she not knowing where the money is going. “The place had walnut paneling.” “I don’t know. His never being married had something to do with being a police officer.” “She would have stopped it. “How many dog fights?” he asked. If anything.” “If all this comes out. He had been doing it for over 30 years.” “He has a great deal of followers. He would always look for ways to raise money.” “Okay.” he said. I think the deacon thought he was helping the church. He would never actually say it.
Maybe he had to do what he had to do.” “Of course. Mike doesn’t want anyone going without. He always comes through when basketball camps come around.Frank Atanacio
“And Mike still manages to send needed kids to summer camps.” “And put him back on the straight and narrow. I’m sure he’s gambling for his flock.. “These days?” “Right.” O’Brien smiled.” “So we got to help him out of this mess. Gamble in the name of God.” I said.
. He still finds money to send needy kids to baseball games. “It makes sense in a way. Certainly not for personal gain.” he said. “Which is what?” I asked.
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I was in my office with my feet up on my desk taking in a few moments of much needed rest. but his nose big.” said Janet almost too professionally.” Janet said. “he said. but my body seemed to have accepted the beating I sustained when Janet came in with an overweight black man wearing baggy shorts.” Janet started.bibliotastic. “This is my boss. You don’t have that fear?” “I don’t have any enemies. His eyes were tiny. “I’ll let you guys talk. but we’re good. He wore oval shaped glasses with black rims. “We all are.” “Salt of the earth. “Rusty Miller. “I’m paying on time. My face was still aching.” “How do you do?” I said as I stood up quickly and shook his hand.” “So he made payment arrangements with you?” Mr. are you okay to talk?” I asked.” I started explaining.” he said.” I said. but not a lot. “No big debts.” “Sit down.” “Are you behind?” “No. “Wife know you have no job?” “She knows what I do. “Do you owe Froggy money?” “Yes. “I do owe him a little money.” he said. “He is a good man. not behind on any gambling debts?” “I told you. “And you’re debt free?” He nodded again.com
. “They have this fear brought on by Froggy. and a Malcolm-X tee-shirt. He looked at me quizzically. “Was gambling with the deacon that night. that he is. His hair was dark color with beads of gray. “Are you married?” He nodded. Miller.” “So you have no financial problems with him?” I continued.” he said. He smiled. “What do you mean?” “People find it too difficult to talk about what happened to Mike Brandon. Miller nodded.” “Yeah. Nick PT Barnum. I wasn’t really in the mood or the mind set to take on any new clients. Miller. “Mr.” “Professionally?” He nodded. “I’m sorry for what has happened to the deacon.”
www. “What do you do for a living?” “I gamble. but I didn’t want Janet to look bad.” I said as I pointed to one of my client’s chairs.” “Mr.
” “Which buddy?” I asked again.” he said bravely.” he half stood and then sat back down. He wanted to pick my brain for Froggy. “There is no need to grill me like that. “I didn’t find him. but you’re beneath him too.” “I’m a God loving man.” he snorted. “I told you. “But I didn’t come here to talk about my profession. He wanted some information from me.” “That’s just a fact. “Whether it be the lottery.” “Just trying to find out where you found Mike Brandon. dogs. I do it all!” “Dog fighting?” “Cock fighting too.” he said. “Hell. “And if you don’t tell me. “To help.” he replied. “Tell me?” “I came here to help my buddy out.” I smirked. The deacon doesn’t really hang around with such bad elements. I could hear him taking a deep breath.” “He wanted to know how you found out about the dog-fighting contest. ponies. Nothing at all. trust me. “What does Froggy want with me?” “Nothing. he is. He really didn’t expect me to believe he came here to help the deacon.” “You like taking decent men to these places too?” “I don’t understand.” I smiled again. That’s how I make my money. jai-alai.” “He found me. scratch offs.
. right?” “I came to help you. And forgive me for saying this. That’s how I roll.” he said.” I reworded. It’s beneath him.” “I don’t think so. The man shook his head slowly from side to side. but it was clearly written across his face. “If the odds are in your favor.” “How much are you really in debt?” “What the hell?” Rusty Miller was struggling with his confidence. I’m a professional gambler. What do you mean?” “I’m just wondering what attracted the deacon to something like this. “Which buddy?” “Mike. debt will be the last thing you’re going to worry about.Frank Atanacio
I smiled. He doesn’t want anything from you.” He was quiet. is all. the so called deacon is not as honest as you think. He didn’t say it.” “But you don’t fear him?” “Why should I?” “Because you’re here. “Why are you really here?” I asked. “It’s a mystery to me. we make enough money to take a vacation every year around Christmas time. trying to steady himself. Mike.” he said.” “Yeah.” I added. “Whether you believe me or not. I came here to talk about the deacon.
” I nodded. “I already knew. “But she told him you already knew.” He nodded. He walked out. If I ever see you again.com
.” he said as he forced himself off my client’s chair using my desk as a brace. “He suspected Carolyn Lopez. It had nothing to do with Carolyn Lopez. I’m going to put a bullet into your fat ass. She was in good spirits.bibliotastic. Do I make myself clear?” “Definitely understand you. she was okay. You make sure he gets this information. “You will never see me again.” “She’s telling the truth.” He nodded. “I want you to go back to Froggy and tell him that his goons he had tailing me told me where the dog fight was being held.” I said. “When was the last time you saw her?” I asked. “I spoke with her last night. “One other thing?” “Yeah?” “Don’t you ever come by my office pretending you’re the deacon’s friend to pry information out of me. laughing. she was fine.” “Good. “But otherwise.
www.” I nodded..” I said.” “What?” “All that until she saw you get your ass kicked.” I smiled. “Last night.” he continued..Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“He told me he’d knock my debt down if I got the information for him.” “How was she?” I nervously asked.
” “You think something’s going to happen to your new friend?” “Carolyn?” “Yeah. but now he’s experiencing it firsthand. Rite Aid Pharmacy was on the corner for almost twenty years.
.” I replied. I guess.” “I’m too tired to argue.” “I don’t think so. you’re taking the rest of the day off. “You look like it more than you could ever feel like it. I didn’t have to be a mind-reader to know what she was thinking.” I said. “Thanks.” I crossed my fingers. I told him where I got my information from. “You okay. Maybe he preached paths like this.” “I’m just stating a fact.” “Mike had always dealt with difficult hands.Frank Atanacio
I stood up from my desk and turned to face the window that over looked downtown Main Street. It was like trying to remember good dreams. “And he always came out of it on top. Some of my teachings were clear.” she spread her hands in a helpless gesture.” “I feel like it. “Getting smarter?” She nodded.” said Janet. The last thing she felt when she closed the door behind her was my worried expression over Carolyn Lopez. others were just bad experiences.” I said. “Yeah. “It’s not like that. tips touching my chin and thought about Carolyn Lopez briefly.” “I guess you’re right.” she said. I knew she wasn’t Zoraida. My office has been here through all that. “I spoke to B B and she tells me that he is worried. but she was sweet. “It’s the path he didn’t want to go down. You’re intelligence is a farce. and countless other stores.” “Trust me.” I smiled. and I think that will satisfy Froggy.” “Then maybe he’ll come out of this on top. “A man without a mission. and she made me laugh. Some were here for the long haul. “The deacon is out there alone. Furniture stores opened and closed. “Let’s go. “You really look like shit.” She smiled.” “Why you thanking me?” “For being here.” “With pay?” “Of course. Janet. and it’s going to remain here until my last breath.” I glanced at my secretary. She knew we weren’t a couple. Nick?” Janet asked.” she suggested. So many different stores opened and closed on this street over the past few years. “But if I’m going home. “You should go home and rest.” She smiled at that. “I’ve given that fat-ass what he wanted to know.” I followed Janet’s lean figure toward the door. “Could my intelligence be rubbing off on you?” Janet tried to recall the lessons I’ve given her.” I whispered.” “The deacon without a church. and now it’s gone giving way to another pharmacy.
www. She wanted me to be happy.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
but the thought of her in danger troubled her a great deal. and this wasn’t making me happy at all. It was clearly written across her face.com
It was unbelievable that this could have happened to her.” “Damn. O’Brien and I faced each other on my drive way.Frank Atanacio
I pulled into my driveway. I didn’t remember leaving it that way. “I don’t like bringing bad news. That witness you’ve been seeing on the side. “Then I’ll bring you back. but everything that happened to me over the past week could have left me a bit absent-minded.” his eyes softened. right?” He nodded slowly again. Pete?” “They beat her up so badly. I didn’t have the energy for another round of fighting. “Been bad.” “Why. “You need to identify the body for us.” “What?” He nodded. but this one I had to bring to you. Looks like she was punch inside out. “Are you sure?” “Of course. I didn’t hear him walking toward me.” I bowed my tired head. The one I told you to leave alone.” said O’Brien.” “But you know it’s Carolyn.” “Can’t you just tell them I looked at it already?” I asked. “Those animals!” “We need you just to take a small look.” he said. I’d certainly lose. “We trust you. and I was relieved to see him standing behind me. His engine was still running. because I was too tired to think of anything else. “We need you to identify the body for us. He looked at me and knew exactly what I meant. “She was murdered. She looked like she was fitting right into that small group. “Carolyn Lopez?” He nodded again. and I had filled him in on what that man tried to do. I looked toward the street and saw Detective Peter O’Brien’s unmarked police cruiser parked at the curb.” “Murdered?” He nodded.” O’Brien said.” “I came to pick you up.” he explained. He was arrested several times before in different cities for laundering money through his church. We had a conversation about Mr. “How’s your day going?” I asked right off the bat.” “She changed her story?” I asked. Rusty Miller earlier. O’Brien did a little research on him and told me that he was also a deacon. and I noticed that my front door was opened. I was almost in a clear state of shock.” Guilt seeped through my numbed body. “It’s what you gotta do. It had to be the only explanation.” he paused as if to catch his breath. Or was it me? Was she excited to see me at the club?
. but nevertheless I was glad it was him.” I said. “She won’t be a witness for us anymore. Nick. “So why do you need to pick me up?” “You were the last person we know who saw her alive.” “That guy Rusty saw her last. Nick. I wanted it to be the only explanation. “Her face sort of stripped away. “I know.
I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I shut my eyes for a moment and sipped. but it happened. I began to dread going to bed. Taking a bigger sip. Nick.” My house was in a new sub-division in the North End of the city.
www. The houses were built larger these days. “Just let me get a quick drink.” I nodded. I was ready to see Carolyn Lopez for the last time.” O’Brien started explaining about the opened door. she was so different in so many ways. He was a caring person. “Damn. perhaps for no reason. I gean to dread meeting her.” “You mean you won’t say?” “I’ll say if I knew. The last time I saw her was when I was on the social club floor. but Pete. There will be no problem with that. but scotch whiskey usually helps. I watched O’Brien make his way to the car. But remember. The neighbors were so quiet. It wasn’t planned. She adored me. I walked into my front door feeling terrible about what happened to Carolyn Lopez. you just met her. I took a deep breath as Carolyn Lopez’s face washed across my mind.” I smiled. I walked toward my bar and poured a tall glass of Johnnie Walker Black.” I said. She was murdered. Pete. and I knew it. “You did leave the front door unlocked.” He continued. The scotch was doing its job. That wasn’t a smart thing to do.” I whispered. I took another deep breath and another sip of scotch. Leaning against the bar. “I’ll bring you back home. break-ins and robberies were so rare. I know she was cute. And everyone knows how much you were into that girl. Her smiled would certainly invade my sleep. and the extra rooms were tedicously large. and a good man. and her death would certainly invade my dreams. “Maybe I could have had a chance in getting to know her better. and actually making love to her. and they were always off duty.” I said.” O’Brien grimaced. “Janet told me that this girl reminded you of Zoraida.” O’Brien broke my train of thought.” I nodded. I waited for the absolute quiet to begin easy my snarled nerves and hopes it washes away my worries. I finished my drink.” “I’ll wait in the car. “I saw a light on in your house so I thought you were home. O’Brien blew the horn. but now she’s been murdered.com
. Officers Victor Cruz and Alfredo Fuentes would stop by for a card game or a sporting event. Tonight was going to be a difficult night to deal with.” “That’s true.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Nick?” “Was it Froggy?” “Can’t say. I felt a little easier. Lord knows I need one. I really couldn’t recall the last time I had seen a police car cruise through.bibliotastic. Every now and again. “You can leave your truck here. It was only that time you’d see a police car. and my mind began relaxing the best way it knew how. so I can’t say if it’s Froggy. “I know it’s killing you. Her eyes would light up in my presence. I had so many things on my mind that I was already fearing it. “I’ll be with you. I sipped again as I permitted the scotch to ease my mind. “What can make men so cruel?” The stillness in my heart was almost contained. “Why was she killed?” I asked myself as I took a longer sip. or at least take control of it for a moment. and slowly back up into my driveway. I didn’t know what I would do when I saw the mutilated body of Carolyn Lopez. dreading the times Carolyn and I had.
“The girl was hit by a train.” “That’s Carolyn Lopez. That woman that I made love to.” I said. “I’ll prove that they do exist.” I said.” O’Brien said in an almost whisper. “Now I’m going to fester and then make them wish they had killed me. It was that stale air that came from death that invaded my nostrils. “Killing Carolyn?” “Not killing me when they had their chance. He wasn’t very careful in doing it.” I said. “She’s already dead!” O’Brien waved me over as the man moved the body bag from the Gurney to the center table.” O’Brien tried to comfort. I needed to look away because the body in front of me was indeed Carolyn Lopez. “It’s okay Nick. “If you saw the body I brought in yesterday you wouldn’t be so touchy!” “Just handle this one with care!” “Yesterday’s body was another young woman. “Cowards. Damn thing was a freaking mess.” said the attendant. “What?” said the man in the white jump-suit.” “Zip her up. That woman who really liked me.” “They can try.” “She worked for Froggy for no money. “Ye sir. “It’s okay to look.” O’Brien corrected. only death. she was drinking and fell right onto the tracks. “They made their first mistake. that’s her. and we’ll be on our way.” said O’Brien. “You got that right. I turned my head directly toward a morgue office as I watched a security officer sitting at his post with his feet up watching monitors on the wall.” I nodded. It was odd to see her on the stretcher lifeless. She’s dead.” “That’s that. And part of that stench came from Carolyn Lopez.” he started as he unzipped the body bag. and that made O’Brien angry. and we will find out who did this.Frank Atanacio
The morgue had a distinctive odor.” he said as he stepped to one side so I could get a good look at the body. “They kept pounding away at her until she stopped breathing. “No. I turned away and closed my eyes. The stretcher bumped into the door way onto a white tile floor almost spilling the black body bag.” O’Brien nodded.” “Allege.” I said.” O’Brien ordered. some even left this place not sure if it was their family member. it was that stale stench of death. I waited by the entrance until a small thin man wearing a white jump-suit rattled in a Gurney.
. “She owed him a gambling debt. Hell. She was a waitress at those dog-fighting contests. and he took it out in trade. and I really liked her. No meaning. “She was beaten to death. “Hey watch it!” Shouted O’Brien as he stood next to a metal table in the center of the room.” “They still can.” O’Brien nodded. Took several family members to identify her. “Listen you punk son of a bitch!” “What?” the man shouted as he pulled away from O’Brien’s reaching hand. no direction.” “Are you sure?” “Yep. and this is this. Damn there were pieces everywhere. Just identify her.
“Looks that way. I glanced at the stretcher for the last time. I just wondered why anyone would go through a lot of trouble to keep a room like this clean. “Ready to go?” O’Brien asked. and I wondered why.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The attendant was having a difficult time zipping up Carolyn’s body. He kept pushing her torso forward and her hand kept slipping out. and slowly closed my eyes. I was also really not interested. “Let’s go. the top of the counters. I didn’t see dirt or smudges of any kind.” I nodded. O’Brien was holding the door with his foot until the attendant was able to push the Gurney forward and out the room.” “I’m not a cop.
www. “I was just trying to help you cops. “Don’t you think?” “Don’t get nasty.” he said. Nick. “Is that all?” asked the attendant. They kept the room spotless. but I wasn’t a doctor. and I was happy. I nodded. It was a room for the dead who were violently murdered. I just wanted my mind to drift until the attendant was able to secure the body into the bag. It couldn’t have been for contamination. He nodded. I was scanning the walls.com
.bibliotastic. He did.” I said. the sink. I really didn’t want to see her again so I started looking around the room.” said O’Brien.
” “Hey. They ransacked the entire place and left everything like a disaster area. Her clothes were torn a bit. “It comes with the job. “Came here collecting.. I steered toward Janet’s desk and noticed blood stains on a place mat. That’s the only reason they kept me alive. like O’Brien with front missing teeth. you need a doctor?” “I need some Southern Comfort.. “I managed to get a few licks in before they got to me. I couldn’t stop looking until I. “Those punks told me that the next time they come here. “They’re going to kick my ass again. “Or did you try to stop them?” She glared at me for a moment.” Janet stood up and walked toward the filing cabinet.” she said as she limped toward me. “I know. Damn. “They’re on my shit list!” “Those bastards followed me into your office. “Greedy punks even took my lunch!” Janet walked back to her desk. Everything was turned over as if someone was frantically looking for something.” she said as she sat down at her desk. “Janet. She was extremely tensed. tried to take it out of my skin.” she winced a bit. “What the hell happened?” “Damn bill collector. and her face covered with welts. She took out the petty cash lock box and showed me that it was empty. and huffed. and bruises. “I was caught off guard.” she replied.” “What?” She nodded. They wanted to. Man stunk like dog shit. They’ll wait until all the blood seeps out of my body. “One was a big guy. crossed her long legs.” “They beat you up?” I asked. but I was to warn you.”
. I nodded.Frank Atanacio
I walked into my downtown office and I couldn’t believe my eyes.” “Sick. sat down. sat down. Nick. Damn they punched me around like I was a man.” I half whispered. and drop me from the window. “Those bastards worked me over and then they hung me out of your window and threatened to drop me. so I stood behind her and gave her a shoulder rub. and barked out demands.” “Did you get a good look at them?” “Yeah.” she replied through clenched teeth. and long dirty hair tied back into a pony-tail.” she said. “Straight!” I smiled. “Came in looking for money you owe them. “Nick!” Relief! I looked back to my private office and Janet was standing by the door.” “A bill collector?” “Yeah. I noticed her rolling her head. “What?” I asked.” she continued. My eyes fell into a curious rhythm as I scanned the area.” she said with her eyes closing just a bit.” “I’m sorry Janet. right?” “You’re brave Janet.
pimp. I was scared as shit.” she insisted.” “Nick. covered her mouth with her palm.” “I’m serious.” she sobbed.” “Yeah. and looked at me. “I’m sorry.” she said. maybe you should just stay home.
www.” “Now you playing with the big boys. “I didn’t mean for you to get involved in this. stopped crying.” “Hey pimp. now you.” I smiled.” I said. “How in the hell can you owe someone that much money?” “They tricked me into owing them that much.” I started. looked around the office. “First Carolyn. “It’s not my life that I’m worried about. “Let it out.” I said.” “I don’t know what to say. “Thought I had a ten dollar bet. about a hundred and seventy eight.” “Carolyn?” “Yeah.” “How much do you owe those suckers?” “Ten thousand.” “Just don’t want you to end up like Carolyn Lopez. and bam! I owe them ten thousand dollars. “Don’t want to come to work one morning and find me useless secretary splattered all over Main Street. looks like they’re going to get a pity ass-kicking. Janet.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Yeah. I sat down beside her and patted her gingerly on her shoulder. and began to cry. “But they still pocketed it. “I gotta straighten their ass out. Janet looked at me.” “You go boy!” “They’re pushing me too hard.” “Kiss my ass.” “You should stay home until all of this is over.com
. not maybe.bibliotastic. for sure. “Well.” She smiled.” I said almost quietly.” “Not on your life!” she shouted.” she said. she’s a corpse now. They told me that it’s not a warning for me. but they twisted the lingo. I was caught so off guard. He even begged. “They also had the nerve to call our petty cash. Remember they took our petty cash. Maybe if I knew what they wanted I would have thrown one of them out the window.” She jammed her fist against her lips.” I said. and you’ve been threatened.” “Then. I guess I really must have pissed them off because the skinny guy wanted the fat guy to drop me. it’s a promise.” she started. a pity cash. “But to be honest with you.” “Dollars?” I nodded.” she said. “You really only owe them Nine thousand eight hundred and twenty two dollars.” “How much did we have in petty cash?” “After I did my nails. I like the adventure. “I thought they were paying clients and I completely turned my back on them. “I feel better now pimp.” I said.
“Me too. “Damn straight.” She smiled. and that was my next move. I looked at her and she smiled. She was the main switch that kept everything running.” “I bet. She was much to valuable to me and my office.Frank Atanacio
“They got me once. “I had to release my anger. the punches hurt. “First time I ever saw you cry. and she knew it.
. I realized that someday she would move on and begin her own life. “They won’t get me again. and he struck a bigger nerve with Janet.” I said honestly.” “They really worked me over like I was a man. I’m staying.” “That’s true.” “Besides. One Eyed Froggy was playing too close to my candle flame.” “I understand. It was hard to imagine this office without Janet. Those bitches!” “But you took it like a man. and I won’t be pushed around.” I said.” “It’s dropped that I’m worried about.” “Funny pimp got jokes.” she replied.” she said as she rubbed her knuckles. “It just filled me up and had nowhere to go but through tears.” “I’m glad you are okay. pimp. I had to react with force. “I’m too pretty to be scattered all over Main Street. He struck a nerve with Carolyn. I knew it.” I said.” she said. but I really didn’t want to be the cause of her leaving.” she said. “Those tears?” I nodded.
” I said.” I said.com
. and maybe I will get it.” I tried snarling back. “Hey. The bouncer was a big burly man with no facial hair. But I want you to open the bar up. or at least to be recognized.” “It’s all part of living Jackie. He had long hair tied into a pony tail and he had missing front teeth. I knew it had to be about me because the bouncer quickly glanced my way.” “Bar’s closed for you. you have to do your job. The ape stood directly in front of me.” “Well. “You said it’s closed.bibliotastic.” I said.” “We refuse to serve you!” “You smell like shit. my friend.” shouted the bartender.” shouted the bouncer. “You don’t belong here.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I found myself hurrying to the club that night in spite of the warning. “She said you smelled like shit when you were dangling her from my office window.” “We are ready for you. I was almost shocked when I realized he smelled just like shit. “You want something from me?” I asked.” I said. I needed to express myself differently. “I’m a paying customer. The odor was that clear.” I whispered. and rationality had no place in it. “You’re not going to beat us done easily this time.” he said as he turned to the bouncer again. “Janet was tight. The disc jockey was sitting high above the dance floor looking down at the dancers who were moving in sequence. It was almost an art form as they danced to the Latin rhythms. I had to send him a message.” I said. I do what I do. but I had to make a statement. His face was flushed and his eyes angry.” “You don’t belong here?” “I guess I don’t. I knew that Froggy wasn’t going to like it. It felt nice to be popular. The message had to be loud and clear.” “And we do what we do. my co-worker.” I replied. “But I’m here anyways. “Get rid of this joke. I wanted to explore my rational way of thinking. “Looking for trouble?” “Not really. Jackie Reeves recognized me right away as he turned to the seated bouncer and whispered something into his ear. I smiled at that.” “Hey. but it wasn’t the right time.” “Just come in to buy a beer.” “It is in my book.” “The skinny bitch?” “My secretary. “And death.” he snarled. The club was crowded and there was Salsa music beaming out of the speakers on the walls and ceiling. “You don’t get it!” “Of course I don’t.” “You!” shouted the bouncer. I don’t think that’s the right way to treat a lady. “What for?” “The eye for an eye. The bartender. I came to make a statement.” I smiled.
www. “I’m telling you. “You’re not allowed in here!” He shouted.” “Open it up.” “Then you should be reading the Bible.
The bouncer cracked his knuckles and moved closer to me. “Maybe I should have dropped her ass out of the window,” he said. “Jackie over there was begging me to do so. He wanted to see her splat.” “Why, Janet kicked his ass?” “She made it tough for him,” he replied. “And I’m going to make it tough for you.” I looked toward the bartender and he smirked. “Don’t you turn away from me!” shouted the bouncer. “It isn’t him you should be worried about, it’s me. I’m the one whose gonna break every bone in your body. Yet keep you alive so you can pay off your debt. It’s going to be painful for you, but a whole lot of fun for me.” “I’m not worried about him,” I said. “I’m not even worried about you. I just want to see his expression when I kill you.” The bouncer laughed. “You find something funny?” “Your empty threats!” I hit the bouncer in the neck with my fist and he quickly fell to his knees. There was a tile missing on the floor and the bouncer’s blood filled the void. The floor was measured nicely with blood. It covered all the nooks and crannies. “Froggy’s not going to like that!” Shouted the bartender. “You are already on his to do list!” “I want you to tell him what I did,” I said. “You’re going to pay!” I took my gun out and shot the bartender in the chest. “You know what, Jackie? I think I’ll tell him myself.” The bouncer reached for me as he bloody hand touched my shirt. “I can’t breathe,” he gargled. I put my hand on his head and pushed it down facing the floor. I put my gun to the back of his head and shot him twice. I knew after the first bullet entered, it had killed him instantly. The second bullet was simply an insult. The crowd of Latin dancers quickly rushed toward the exits like cockroaches do when someone turns on the lights. They scurried and scuffled as the music continued to play. Dog Eats Dog, I thought.
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O’Brien wanted to meet me at the Flyer Diner on the corner State Street and Fairfield Avenue. There had to be some explaining to do, and he wanted to hear it from the horse’s mouth. The Flyer Diner was great during the afternoons, when there weren’t so many people there and it was quiet. They had Becks in bottles, and the hottest wings in the city. I ordered some and it arrived just in time. My beer was still cold and my craving for the wings have just expanded. Explaining what happened just got easier. I took a bite of one of the wings and looked around the diner. It had paneled walls in a light oak. A throw back to the late 1970s. There were some old pictures of the City of Bridgeport’s old Landmarks. There was the Barnum Museum, Casco Factory, Harvey Hubbell, and several old department stores that use to grace the downtown portion of the city. Stores like Gimbles, Reads, Sears, and Woolworth. The diner was also still using the 1970 style register. Behind the counter mirror, with wines stored in front of it, back lit, gave it a classy look for a truck stop. The diner was around for more than forty years, and it survived the city’s many changes. O’Brien ordered a coffee and a piece of Boston Creme pie. “Pete, these wings are off the hook,” I smiled using one of the lines Janet would use. “My pie is fine,” he said as he took a sip of coffee. “Your loss.” “So, what happened at Froggy’s place?” “Bartender attacked me,” I replied biting into another wing. “He came at me with a knife, so I had to put him down.” “Are you telling me a lie?” “Now why would I do that?” “How about Douglas Fowler?” “Who?” “The bouncer.” “He got cute,” I said. “You know how much I hate cute.” “I’m being serious Nick.” “I’m being serious.” “Damn it Nick!” he slammed his fist on the counter top. “There are witnesses saying that you just came in and shot up the place! They saying you walked in looking for a fight.” “Froggy put them up to it,” I said. “Nick, it’s getting hot,” O’Brien warned. “Things are hitting the fan left and right. Captain Roque is getting on everybody’s back, and I don’t like to deal with him when he’s pissed.” “You know all this is a set up,” I said. “Just like with Mike Brandon.” “Don’t bring him up,” he said. “Why?” “We got to bring him in for murder,” he replied. “I’m still trying to prove he didn’t do it,” I said. “Another person.” “What?” “A witness.” “A witness?” “He tried to get one of the witnesses to change their story,” he explained. “He offered him a great deal of money, and when he refused, he killed him.”
“How do you know.” “The prostitute witness.” “Margie Sanchez?” He nodded. “She works for Froggy.” “She gave us a written statement,” O’Brien said. “We match the finger prints on the money envelope that came straight from his church. He’s guilty.” “You believe that 500 hundred dollar whore?” “500 dollars?” “Yeah, I asked how much.” “Of course we don’t,” he replied. “But I think the captain is bringing him in for protection. He didn’t say it, but I know that’s what he’s doing. I know the captain. He’s not going to let the deacon fry.” “So how did this all happen?” I asked. “Mike went to Margie Sanchez first,” he started explaining. “She declined to change her story, so he went to Mr. Roberto Guzman. He gave him a hard time and they fought. He then beat him to death.” “Mr. Guzman?” O’Brien nodded. “He’s an old man.” “Now he’s a dead old man,” O’Brien said. “We gotta stop this mess,” I said. “The Frog is getting a little too violent.” “And the witnesses are slowly falling off.” O’Brien added. “First Carolyn Lopez, then you took care of Jackie Reeves, and now Roberto Guzman.” “Two left,” I whispered. “Yep.” The waitress came over and poured O’Brien another cup of coffee, and she slapped down another beer for me. I smiled, she smiled, and O’Brien stared. “So what do we do now?” I asked. “Stop killing Froggy’s men,” he said. “Let us do our job.” “They’re looking for it,” I replied. “The captain think it’s for revenge.” “Revenge?” He nodded. “For Carolyn?” “For Janet.” “What?” “Janet called Fuentes, and Cruz down to your office and gave them a full statement. She told them how they came looking for you and how they threatened to throw her out of your window. She told me that made you a little upset,” O’Brien started. “Don’t think that the captain is stupid, Nick. He knows how you think, and he knows you’ll protect your people with your own life. I’m just asking you to let us do our job. Stop killing his men.” “I’m working to clear the deacon, is all.” “Do that,” he said. “Don’t pull the trigger on your gun anymore.” I nodded.
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“Now finish up your wings before I take them.” I smiled.com
“When she’s a sleep. “It’s going to take some time. B B?” I asked.” I said.” she said softly. “They arrested Mike this morning. but I know he’s been going to those dog fighting events.” B B nodded slowly. She placed it down in front of her and stood next to me with her arms folded.”
.” “What do I do baby?” “You wait.” I nodded as my eyes fell on her worried face. How lifeless and thin her skin felt as tears started to blossom as they streamed slowly down her face.” “I know it’s not going to be easy for you. right?” “I want to help where I can. “No problem. “You wait until all this is cleared up. “I know. baby.” I said.Frank Atanacio
B B approached me as I sat at my desk. “Are you okay. You wait until we find out why One Eye Froggy has it out for your husband.” I took hold of B Bes hand. I liked that about her.” “But he’s not guilty. but I know I’ve rattled some cages. The deacon will bounce back and continue his good work. he’s going right to hell. “Yeah baby. She put everything back in it’s place and didn’t change a thing.” She looked at me intently. “Hey Janet.” B B said.” “You can’t mean that. I smiled. I felt my stomach curdle.” I tried to comfort her.” She said. “He says it’s for horse racing.” she sobbed. She steadied herself as she reached to brace herself with one of my client’s chairs. I think she needs some time with me alone.” “I know that too. I opened my top drawer with my other hand and handed her a box of tissues. She sat down and looked around my office. “Can you excuse me and B B for a moment. “She’s a good girl. “Mike has been taking money out of the collections to pay for his gambling debt.” Janet replied as she winked at the deacon’s wife and walked out of my office. “I know. You know he’s a good man.” Janet walked in with a cup of coffee for B B. Janet had done a wonderful job cleaning up the mess.” “You will help him.” I said.” “He’ll always be the love of my life. She looked frail and I could see it in her eyes that she felt like her knees were going to collapse. B B forced a smile. “But things will come out in the wash for the better.” “Collection money?” “Oh yeah. “Thank you. She took a deep breath and let it out slowly as if she was trying to catch her breath. I ain’t stupid. “What?” I asked. like I was going to hear some unwanted news. She looked like she hasn’t slept for days.
” I said. a sadness that went beyond the loss of her husband’s good name.” I added.bibliotastic.” she said.” “I got his back.” “I believe you. “Be very careful Nick. I came here probably to get some reassurance. “Is that true?” “Carolyn Lopez.” “Should have just turned the other cheek. “I’ll do my best for Mike. “I will B B. Regardless of the circumstances it puts me in.” “I mean it B B. “I don’t know if God will forgive you for that. I know.” “Janet will see you out.” “Me too. “And you know I will. “I understand.” She smiled.” she said. “I had to punish one of them myself.” I said.” she said.” I said.” She walked out. I didn’t mean to make a spectacle out of myself by crying.” she said as she stood slowly from the chair.” she said.” she sniffled. “And I think God will forgive Mike.” “Don’t worry about it. “That’s a shame. “But I’m sure this is the exception to the rule.” I said.” “I’m sorry baby.” “Your lips to God’s ear.” “Revenge?” she asked. “I know my way out.” She forced another smile.” “Thanks Nicky. There was no pretense about my promises. There was a sadness to B B’s eyes.” “I’m sorry I took up your time.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Some witnesses have died.” “There are so many things I know God wouldn’t forgive me for. It was a sadness that of nowhere to turn. “Try and get some rest.” “Of course.” The response put B B at ease. I had always tried to fulfill my promises.com
. It really outweighs the bad. He got a little carried away. It was like watching a trapped animal in a cage. “He has too many good points.” I said.
www. “O’Brien told me that you were very fond of one of the witnesses. “I don’t want to worry about your health.” I nodded. “I just wanted to know that you’re still helping out my Mike.” I agreed. “I believe in an eye for an eye.” she said.” “They’ve been punished.” she said. “Don’t bother that poor child. there had to be an extra push. “Yeah. and with Mike.
“Froggy wants his money. Neither one of them had baseballs or gloves. “You could have hit me with that thing. It was at that moment that I reached for my revolver and pointed it at the bat swinging thugs.” He smiled.” said the middle man. They looked at each other only for a brief moment and then dropped their bats. so I suspected the worst.” “But not from me. “I’d prefer an ass-kicking. The colors were black and white.” The middle thug grunted. “I guess a pick-up game is out then?” One of the three swung his bat in my direction. “Looking for a pick-up game?” I nervously asked.” “You have no idea who he is. “And I think I’m going to enjoy it. Do you guys mind picking up the bats again?” “Too late for that.” I said as I stepped back a bit. “You know.” smiled the middle man. They stopped five feet in front of me and three feet apart from each other.” he continued. ordered?” The middle man nodded slowly. It was pretty early for any baseball to be played.” I felt an imaginary noose around my neck as they pointed their guns directly at my head. “I’m serious!” “We are here to do just that?” “Did Willie the Greek send you?” “Nope.” he said. Willie the Greek had asked me to meet him here because he had some information he wanted to share with me.” “Willie. I like watching people squirm. “He will get his money. Where was he? I looked over toward a flashing billboard and noticed that the Power-ball Jackpot has reached seventy five million dollars. It would have been a perfect day for a double header. “Looks like that.” “Don’t get cute!” “Cute is my middle name. “He was ordered to ask you to meet us here. but it wasn’t a major league team.” replied the middle man. “Fist fight going to become a shoot-out?” I asked.” I started.Frank Atanacio
The next morning I drove down to Seaside Park near the diamond six area off of Iranistan Avenue.” the middle man replied. and the white lines that marked off the foul-lines were untouched. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t tell me over the phone. “Hey. and it’s considered America’s favorite past-time. Baseball was invented in this country. It was at that time when a late model four door sedan pulled up slowly and parked behind my truck. The Park was lined with small freshly planted trees running toward the bathhouses. I think. “You had your chance.” “We come here to beat it out of you. “Froggy can kiss my ass. and team logo jerseys. The grass was cut recently. but the day was going to be a terrific one.” “Me too.”
. They were carrying baseball bats. Three young Latino males came out of the car wearing baseball caps. I was here bright and early. but that was it. but nevertheless. “And we out gun you. I suddenly realized that they too were holding their guns at me.
” I continued grinning sheepishly. “We’ve changed our position now. “Not this time.” I continued. I think it’s going to be you and me. “Two people will die here today. and it showed in his eyes. A frown wrinkled his forehead. I had to think of something.” “There’s always turning back. It’s probably a promise I wouldn’t be able to keep. “I will take you with me.” said the middle thug.” “But I am. “I don’t want to hurt anyone. “Sammy. It was clearly written across his face. The thought of him being shot in the head tormented him.” The thug on my left stared at me. but you took it to another level. “Okay.” started the middle thug. In fact two of us will be dead.” “I don’t want to die!” He shouted as he turned toward the middle man. “We came here to just work you over and try to collect the money you owe our boss. “Sammy. He was afraid.” I felt the imaginary noose around my neck getting tighter. “I’m going to tell you this. So lets do this.” “Froggy just wanted us to beat him up.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I promised O’Brien that I wouldn’t be involved in anymore shootings with One Eye Froggy’s men anymore. He believed that I would shoot him instantly. “He won’t have a chance to get a bullet off. You took it to a level you can’t turn back from.” Sammy knew that there was truth in what I was saying. I’m taking you with me.” he nervously replied. I’m not going alone. He wanted all of us to put down our guns and walk away. He realized that they had made a mistake in trying to approach me. He’s not going to shoot you. I have no intentions of going alone. They have me pinned to the wall. Don’t be stupid and don’t let him get to your head!” “No Sammy. “We have to stop this. “We can’t turn back now. shock and bewilderment riddled his eyes.” Sammy shouted. “It’s never too late.” Sammy peered at the middle thug. and it looks like it’s going to be me and you.” I smiled.” “Sure. “He won’t kill you!” “Yeah. you’re coming with me. but I won’t die alone. Understand that. “Sammy. and the way things look now. He wasn’t ready to die and he wanted his partners to understand that.” said the middle thug. “Don’t listen to him!” shouted the middle thug.” I said as I pointed my gun to the thug on my right.” I said.” he said.” “Don’t point that gun at me!”
www. I will. He wanted no deaths today. “Too late!” shouted the thug to my left.bibliotastic.com
. “I do like to know who is going to die with me today. “Two will die today. they’ll kill me. I will get a bullet off and there’s nothing you can do about it. and he wanted no part of death.” “I don’t want to do this!” “Sammy!” Sammy pointed his gun toward the man in the middle. it’s me and you.” he said. “He didn’t want this!” “Don’t be stupid. We have the upper hand. He’s just bluffing. I will not die alone today. He wanted all of this to end without bloodshed. “Let’s put down our guns.” “Sammy. Oh yeah. Do you hear me? You and I will die. and it had better be quick. “Just shut up!” demanded the thug in the middle. “He’s trying to get into your head. “Let’s just take him out.” “You see?” I smiled. He wanted to end this without him losing his life. “What’s your name?” I asked. “But Sammy.” I said. go ahead. Take me out.” I continued.” I said. It’s three against one.
and he did so without realizing it as the middle thug fell quickly to the ground.Frank Atanacio
“I don’t want to die. I turned and shot the man on my left in the head and Sammy shot the middle thug. and I want to scratch it so bad. An epiphany unfolded.” “You’ll shoot me in the back. Go some where warm. Sammy leaned forward as he tried to get a bit closer to the middle thug.” he half whispered. relentless winters. “I don’t want to die. but that didn’t make him put down the gun.” “We can’t shoot each other!” “We don’t have to.” “What do I do?” “Run back to your car and drive away. “Go before I do change my mind!” He ran. “You know he’ll come down on us. It was a great deal of money. That’s when I made my move. He didn’t do it on purpose as blood splattered all over him. “Don’t shoot me!” Sammy shouted as it snapped me out of my day dream. Two against two. or getting into gun fights. My shot made him react. It would really mean a new life for me.” “You’re not going to kill me?” “Nope. now!” “I’m telling you. I’d be on the beach in Florida sipping all kinds of exotic drinks with brown skin females. We don’t need to do this. I’d be playing cards every night.” he sobbed. If I had it I wouldn’t have to be chasing down cheating spouses.” “Froggy’s not going to like this. I looked back at the billboard and briefly began to dream about what else I would do with that windfall.” said the thug in the middle. The thug on my left swung to the left to face Sammy.” “I don’t want to die.” “Make up your minds fast. Seventy-five million flashing above me as I saw it through my peripheral vision. He looked confused.” Sammy was willing to shoot one of his own in order to save his own life. “I have a very itchy finger. the odds were even. “I don’t want to die!” “What did I say when all this first began?” I asked. “We just leave him alone and come back another time. It was just what I had planned. Escape this city and its cold. I looked briefly at the billboard flashing the seventy-five million dollar lottery prize. “I am a man of my word. He kept it pointed toward the middle thug and he had no intentions of dropping it. “I told you that only two of us was going to die. I’ve always longed for the sun and the glistening sand off any beaches in the Carribean.” He looked confused.” he continued. I laughed. “What the hell do you think you’re doing? Put that gun down.
. It was working like a charm.” I said. and dancing with women half my age. So what’s it going to be?” Vengeful eyes stared back at Sammy.
No matter what Froggy’s been doing. he always managed to make money from it. but it looks like it. “You owe froggy money?” “It seems everyone does.” I said.” I smiled.” I warned.” He nodded quickly. That man has done so much to piss me off.” “I don’t want any trouble from you. I had to confront him. “No. He looked at me. He also had to pay for shaking up Janet.” “Okay.” I lied.” I replied. He collected bad debts. I looked and noticed that it was one of the bouncers from the club. he really isn’t. They were gearing up for some late night Salsa dancing. He had to pay for that.” he admitted. and keeping Mike Brandon on the tip of an iceberg. “I’m waiting for a date. “I’m sorry. “Can’t park here unless you’re going into the club. He just likes everything to stay neat and clean. I could smell liquor on his breath as he stood up-right very quickly. He was getting on my nerves and we really never met face to face. confused. “I’m not going to hurt you. Killing Carolyn Lopez hurt.” he half shouted.” “My boss isn’t a murderer.” he said. or come into the club and wait for your date there. and he doesn’t like to be watched.” he added.”
www. When he recognized me his eyebrows crashed down. He thinks they’re spying on him. The music of Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe was being pumped out of the club and the crowd were dancing as they walked into the club.” he continued. It was a complete misunderstanding. and it did hit a soft spot.” I said.” He looked at me with suspicious eyes.bibliotastic. “You know damn well that your boss had her killed.” “Your boss is insecure.” he said looking worried. “The boss doesn’t like anyone sitting in their cars. I know you ain’t watching him. and he threatened people who owed.com
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I parked outside a small club near Ogden Street off of Noble Avenue on the Eastside. “I’m afraid of you. and I think he was waiting for me to make the first move. you’re going to have to take your date elsewhere. like Carolyn Lopez.” Someone said as they knocked on my window. “You might end up dead. It’s a pattern that would soon get me killed if I don’t stay on my toes. but his goons clocked me before I really made myself known. and I keep knocking them off.” “I understand. “You better go before your boss sees you talking tome. Of course I saw him at the club. “Still can’t sit in the car. An enthusiastic crowd had packed the entrance before the bouncers permitted them to enter.” “I said I wasn’t going to hurt you. “But your boss better. “Then why are you so afraid. “Hey buddy. He wanted to collect money from me that I really never owed. I was told that Froggy owned that club too. “Too many people owe him money. but he wouldn’t back down. “Do me a favor and move on.” “You can’t come into the club. He keeps sending thugs my way. He didn’t know what to do.” “You shouldn’t be afraid of me. I had to let him know that I really didn’t owe him a dime.” “Of you. “What?” He didn’t say anything.” I said.
” I whispered. “I owe him.” He nodded and ran back across the street.” “Be careful buddy.” he blurted out.” I warned.” I continued.” “You killed Carolyn. “But he owes me too. just go. “Idiot.
He didn’t answer. “What?” “Nothing. “Your boss is no angel.
It was in the center of a brand new plaza on the left-side of Main Street. I simply had to try to convince him that the money I owed him was all a misunderstanding. The woman’s hair fell unconstrained around her oval face.” she said in a soft sweet voice. but she wasn’t of an Asian decent. “Welcome. “Cowards hit me from behind. “I deal in everything. “Nick Barnum?” he asked. but they all end up dead.” I replied. but I do understand you hire nothing but cowards. and had a walking cane with a gold tip. I was hoping this time someone wouldn’t hit me from behind. I sniffed the air appreciatively. “I’m Nick.” “We could have killed you that night. Near the fountain at the center of the office stood two security guards and a thin woman dressed in a long silver dress.” She smiled. “But you didn’t. and a welcomed sight. It was a form-fitting tube dress. she escorted me to a chair. “Well?” “What do you do here?” I asked. It looked like one of those offices you see on HGTV. There was a miniature waterfall fountain in the center of the spacious waiting area.” “Mr.” “It has a real name?” Repressing a smile at my question. “Can I help you?” I walked up to her with a puppy expression. and I had ignored that rule long enough. prostitutes?” “This is a legitimate business. and the guards walked away.” I said.” She stuck her hand out for shaking and her perfume was so nice. “I’m here to see One Eye Froggy.” he said. “Big mistake.” “Like your dog-fighting business?” “I have no such business.” “You come to make a payment?” I smiled. It was a welcomed invasion. That was something that O’Brien wanted me to avoid. I had to meet with Froggy face to face again. but he waved them away with his free hand. “I’ll tell him that you’re here. “I’m Stacey. Mr. on the Bridgeport side. I walked into an ground floor office near the Trumbull Mall. A tall thin man came out of a corner office wearing a black eye patch over his left eye. “I see that the swollen bump on your neck went down.bibliotastic. He was sharply dressed in a light tan suit. Newsom. The office was clean and had a graceful selection of colors on the walls. She walked slowly away and I couldn’t keep my eyes off the beauty of her backside. There was a spicy.” she corrected.” I replied. Newsom does have a real name. It was like two kittens and a sack trying to get out.” “At your service. floral scent that invaded my nostrils. “Mr. “Willie the Greek arranged this meeting for us.”
www. Nick?” “Just Nick.” “Drugs. I just wanted to clear the entire matter up once and for all.com
. He walked over to me and the two guards followed suit.” she smiled. Her eyes were slightly slanted. It had fake lilies floating in the well. but it made her look so hot. He keeps sending thugs to kick me around. “How can I help you. and fake frogs sitting on the edges.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Confronting your enemy had to be a top priority.” I nodded.
” he said as he slowly turned around.” “I’m not planning to give you any excuses. “I should leave.” “And I didn’t make wages I couldn’t pay. “I am in charge of this situation.” “How so?” “When I made that bet.” “When?’ “Tomorrow night.” “Whether I could or can’t.” They nodded. I thought your bookie understood that all I wanted to bet was ten dollars.” I said. “Lightens my payroll. There will be a dog-fight at the old glue factory behind Wentfield Park on Railroad Avenue. The two security guards walked toward me and stopped in front of me.” he shouted back as he walked into his office and slammed the door.” I started. about that.” “Minimum bet is a thousand dollars.” “Oh good.” “I’m tired of killing your men!” I shouted.” “I came to tell you that we have a misunderstanding. I’m sure you’re tired of sending men.” “You don’t get to tell me what I should or should not do. I had no intentions to bet way over my head. did you come here to pay off your debt?” “Yeah. like you did. “If you want to try and win your money back. Mr.” I said. I’m going to kill them and then come after you and shove that cane up your ass!” He smiled. and you will pay me my money. Nick PT Barnum will be murdered on Saturday.” “You don’t really know who I am.” I smiled.” “Then I’ll be there. “I said I don’t own it.” I said. “I’m sure a great detective like you could have deduced that. She wrapped her hands around my upper arm and again her perfume almost had me in a trance.” “One Eye Froggy.”
.” he said firmly. “But if you keep sending men my way. “It was all a misunderstanding.” she warned. 1AM. “If not.” she said. then that means I don’t owe you any money. Newsom is a dangerous man.” “Just to let you know.” he growled. The tall thin woman in the silver dress walked over to me.” “I don’t need excuses. Barnum.” “My money will be paid to me by this Friday. “My husband wouldn’t want me to fraternize with deadbeats.Frank Atanacio
“So. I’m tired of killing your men who come after me looking for money.” “That’s what I like to hear. “I’m glad you think I’m funny. “Because I’m no deadbeat. So lets do each other a favor and call this whole thing off. “I know. “I just participate.” “Are you going to be there?” “Yes. “Mr.” I said.” he said with a thin smile. “So. You shouldn’t make wages that you can’t pay.
” “That’s not your opinion.bibliotastic.
www.” she said as she stood at the front door with her hands on her hips.com
. “That’s a fucking fact.” she said as she escorted me to the front door. “My opinion also thinks you have a nice ass.” I smiled and walked out.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The serious voice in my head wanted to shout and take apart the deacon for withholding information. I hear he’s got Willie the Greek running errands for him.” “So what we going to do?” “I want you to stop telling me lies. this whole situation made him soft. He was a respected deacon that slipped through an evil crack.” he said somberly. He’s a tough son of a bitch. and I liked her. “Mike?” He nodded. only because he made it a mystery. but for some strange reason. You know Willie. “It’s me. Independent. “Captain Roque says this is best for my safety. “I don’t think that’s funny.” he whispered. He had turned himself in. He knew I was coming.” I said trying to comfort him.” I raised my hand. “Mad at me?” “Look where I am!” he half shouted. I owe Froggy some big time money. I need to hear it right from your mouth. He was hard at the core. they didn’t go right for me either. but his greeting was cold. and his rational mind wasn’t biting. and unreceptive. I sat down across from him and folded my hands on top of the table.” I said.” “What the. either. He had on prison rags. “Well.Frank Atanacio
I found myself hurrying to the holding cell in spite of the fact that Mike Brandon wasn’t going anywhere.” he mumbled.” “He’s right. “Hell. He had a little something extra that he didn’t want me to know. “You’re not a murderer.” “I’m not a criminal..” “I know. I knew Mike Brandon’s case was a tough one to crack. “I understand things didn’t go right for you while you were gambling on the dogs. “She was cute. and I don’t think he’s afraid of anyone. He’s always been Mr. and the police got him a safe jail cell at the North Avenue Correctional Center. I shot more men in the passed few days then I have ever done in my whole life. Hell. He did not look up at me.” “I heard. It wanted me to pound the whole truth out of him.” I smiled.” He finally looked up. you better know. “I also heard you were tapping one of the witnesses. “Or Frog eats Frog. “It’s a damn dog eats dog world. I nodded. It took him down some serious dead end streets. He was sitting at a long conference table shackled like an animal.” “How can you do that to me?” “What?” I looked confused.” I said. that just didn’t look right on him. “I don’t know.”
.” I nodded.” “Me neither..
but they started beating up on my congregation. All this was not going to stop until I paid them. She peeked into the conference room and smiled at me. “Death isn’t what people deserves.” “I don’t like it in here.” “Me too. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.” “I’m going to another dog-fight. I didn’t know the minium bet was a grand.” I nodded. “It was that night that really stirred me up. “I’m sorry about Carolyn. she’s a woman and I’m a man.” he replied. His eyes were rimmed with red. “The truth. I wasn’t going to pay. I was horny. She hated when I came home late.” “No.” I replied. I knew it was late and I hoped Brenda wasn’t waiting up for me. The deacon looked at me again.” I nodded. “Getting Froggy for everything. There was a rough edged wind blowing raindrops around. For a second my gaze connected with a female correction officer making her rounds. so she had to work it off. “It’s been difficult. “I’m serious Mike. “I’m going to rattled cages even harder now that I know you’re in here safe.” “And what’s the girl’s name again that you were tapping?” “Carolyn.” “Hey!” I started.” “She’s no Zoraida.” He shrugged his shoulders as his shackles made a clinging noise.” I said.” “Brenda told you?” I nodded. I know you didn’t mean that. I nodded.” “That’s messed up.bibliotastic. Every
www. and mugging my friends. “I know you don’t. and I couldn’t pay. me too. “But when you’re cleared of all this shit.” I said. They were hurting. “She was hot.” I replied. “I liked her.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“They killed her.” “Damn Froggy got everybody by the balls. They caught me off guard.” he said. “She got what she deserved.” Mike added. you have a reputation to mend. “Why is that?” “You taking advantage of her too. she owed Froggy money too?” “She did.” he said.” “What.” “So what really happened that night?” He looked at me with sunken eyes. I didn’t get the chance to smile back. I fought through it and made it to the dog-fight.com
.” he said. “Yeah.” “Why did you pick her?” He asked. “I walked in betting above my head.” I replied. Then I returned my attention back to Mike Brandon.” I said. “So what are you up to next?” he asked. “And she couldn’t do anything about it.
Carlos told me that the other dog was disqualified and no one was getting any winnings.” “I got your back. but then I realized that she was doing it all for my own good. anyways. Well.Frank Atanacio
time I did.” “How much was your take?” I asked.” He smiled. I stood in the raised entryway of the club looking down at the dogs fighting. running orders to the bar. Or at least my mind wouldn’t allow me to recognize them. she would read me the riot act. I met some people there. “What about the robbery at your church?” I asked. strangling her. “He didn’t say he didn’t carry that much money on him. kicking her around the room. I remember that night clearly as the mirror behind the ranks of bottles of booze stood at such attention. There were so many people there.” “So you didn’t call his mama names. but he had signaled to Carlos not to pay me the winnings. I didn’t care about the dog’s condition. “Ten thousand dollars. I even saw Carolyn Lopez there wearing a tight skirt. Well. It was me.” “And are you sure you saw him standing back up?” “Now that I think of it. alone. As many times as I’ve been there I really haven’t seen a familiar face. but I wouldn’t have recognized them out of the club. “There is something delicate about how you’re telling me what happened. “Well?” “He got up. The other Mike Brandon wasn’t there. “Why you smiling?” “Because this makes more sense to me then that made up crap you told me when all this started. and that image would have tangled with his heart until it hurt.” I smiled.” he replied.”
. The dog just died! The sad part about that. I pushed across to the bar and tried to settle my face in front of Carlos Rivera. or making death noises. “I am certain of it. I never seen a dog just die without whimpering. He would have needed it to wipe away the image of that dead dog. “And you knew that. that hit me like a ton of bricks. smiling. I didn’t realized it then. Don’t get me wrong. The other Mike Brandon would have needed some strong drinks in order to turn his back on the darkness. and he didn’t throw the first swing?” He shook his head back and forth indicating no. Sometimes I felt like making love to her. and greed in my heart. “This time I believe you because I can see the conviction in your eyes. She was the rock in my heart that kept me stable. That was odd. I had won and I wanted to collect my money. “There was no robbery. and ripped it apart. It was odd that I remembered that.” “Wow. and she wouldn’t be home. Well. If I had gotten her involved before all of this started.” “I was so excited and nervous.” he paused briefly.” He nodded.” I said.” “So you hit him?” “I deck that son of a bitch!” “Did he get up?” He paused. and that he wasn’t going to pay you?” “No. laughing and having a good time. hunger in my eyes. and I couldn’t walk away. and then making a cutting motion. but some bar backs held him back. I saw Froggy in that mirror putting his fingers to his neck. I couldn’t let that settle. Nick. the dogs were going at it and my dog took a bite out of the other dog’s throat. I wouldn’t be here in jail. Nick.” “I was scared.
” “Too much confidence in that skinny girl. trust me.com
.” I said.” “She’ll be fine. right?” “Not yet. “Just watch Janet. “He’s got you turned every which way.” He nodded.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I guess he wanted you to give him some money with your prints on the envelopes so that he could set you up.” “Just stay clear of him. She’ll be fine.
www.” “He’s making me a cut throat too. “You got something planned.bibliotastic. The deacon nodded again.” warned the deacon.” He nodded. I nodded.” “She can take care of herself.” I replied.” “He’s a cut throat. I hope. but I bet something will fall in my lap. “I got until Friday to pay him back.
as if he didn’t understand my reply. I wanted to tell him what Brandon told me. They saw a man down and came rushing over. “I didn’t even hit you. for trying to take my shove like a man. I pushed him and he immediately fell to the floor. I sat at the bar and it was the first time I ever got one of the cushioned stools.” “Go lie down.” He stared at me for a second. are you?” “I still think I can take you.”
. body guards. will you?” “No. and I’m not giving it up to anyone. You want the stool.” I sighed.” “Tough guy?” “Very tough. You can have it. his knees occasionally buckling. I had gallantly offered to help the man up. attempted to throw a punch.” He nodded. I’m not going to lie down. He just looked at us. so I basked in the pleasures. you think you’re tougher?” “Yeah. and I wanted to let him know that there was another dog-fighting contest brewing. you win.” “I’m sorry. scores of patrons all wanting to be witnesses to a bar room scuffle. “Becks. The bartender caught my attention and pointed to the beer he placed in front of me. I wanted simple to keep him in the mix.” “No! I’m in a fighting mood. Two bar maids helped him up to his feet and he shot me a side ways glance. you’re not going to start with me again. “You were looking for a fight. “What?” “You’re sitting in my seat. and failed. The man had soft hands.” I started. “Get off my stool?” I laughed. and I’m here to give you one. “Listen. So please take your sorry ass out of my face.” I said. Just because you’re bigger than me. It wasn’t much of a scuffle. He clung on to one of the women and forced his way toward me. “I think you’re funny. “Really?” “I’m going to take you down!” “Oh boy. and bar backs.” I said The crowd surrounded the man on the floor.” I replied.” He snarled.” he shuddered. It was a rare treat for me. “But I was here first. “You think it’s funny?” he said flatly. and pity.Frank Atanacio
I had called Detective Peter O’Brien to meet me at Corners Bar and Grill on Boston Avenue. “I don’t want to fight. “Listen. “Bottle only.” I stood closer to him.” The man took a swing at me and I expected pain. “That’s my seat. but he pushed my hand away. “I don’t want to fight. I put down twenty dollars. There was no pain.” he said. He came toward me moving slowly. I do.” I called out to a bartender. “Hey. but the bartender didn’t grab it right away.” someone said from behind me. It almost made me regret my chivalry. but the people reacted differently. “Here we go again. I watched his progress with a mixture of confusion for taking my shove like a man. expecting a bar room brawl. He hit like a child.
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The bar maid that helped him sighed, wondering if it was crueler to allow him to fight me. Or should she have left him on the floor. She nodded, looked down as the man throw up on her new sneakers. “Fuck!” she shouted. The body guards had seen enough. They walked over to the man and tossed him out of the bar. That’s when Peter O’Brien walked in. Always never around when you need one.
I managed to slip into the club without any of the bouncers seeing me. I must have cut my arm on some wire mesh they used to block the back entrance. My arm was bleeding, but I didn’t remember cutting it. Nevertheless I was in the club. It was well after 1: AM, but I promised Stacey I’d show up. I didn’t tell O’Brien about the dog-fighting contest, but I got my camera phone in my back pocket. I had plans to record what I can. It was my plan to take down the big frog. “Mr. Nick?” I turned and saw Stacey standing in front of me with a drink in her left hand. She wore a long shiny red dress that was clinging to her body, just right. “Stacey.” She smiled. “Are you setting me up?” She smiled again. “It doesn’t matter,” I said. “I would have come anyways.” “I’m setting someone up,” she smirked, “But it’s not you.” “Oh?” “My husband,” she added. “Oh, how so, and why?” “Let’s step into that back room,” she said as she grabbed my arm. “I’ll explain why.” “Where is your husband?” “He’s coming for the main event.” I nodded as I allowed her to escort me into a back room. I turned toward the fighting area and I saw two dogs getting ready to put on a display. The pit-bulls were damaged. One had an empty eye socket, chipped tooth, and the other had a torn ear that was sewn back together by a non-professional. The management were grooming the dogs for fighting as they were taunting the poor animals. I heard the bell ring and then Stacey closed the door behind me. “You’re going to miss the dog fight,” I said. “That’s not the main event,” she replied. “Those dogs look beat.” “They all are.” “Damn shame.” She nodded. “So,” I started. “How are you going to get back at your husband?” “He had Carolyn Lopez killed,” she said. I nodded. “She was my best friend.” “Mine too for a short while.” “Froggy treated her like a welcome mat,” she said softly. “Never gave a chance to pay him. He treated her ex-husband like shit too. I think that’s why he really never gave Carolyn what she deserved.” I nodded. “She liked you,” she said almost in an eerie calm. “She really liked you.”
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The announcer’s voice from the next room filled the office. “Listen up, everybody. This is your chance to hit it big with the main event coming up early this morning. Minimum bet has been dropped to five hundred dollars, so everyone could get in on the action. Make sure you make your wagers early!” “Well,” she started as she sat down in a small sofa. “The main event will make him lots of money. I want to make sure he loses.” “How?” “He’s going to take heavy bets on the dogs, and when he looks at the odds he’s going to drug one of them so he’d be guaranteed to win. That’s where you come in.” I titled my head sideways. “I get all the betting slips and I calculate his winnings,” she continued. “I hand them over to Malone and he does his thing. Little will he know I’ll hand him your betting slip after he counts out the advantage. He will then wink at the dog handlers, and they’ll do their thing. You’re going to win, because I’ll make sure of it.” “What should I bet?” “Fifty thousand,” she smiled. “Dollars?” “Of course, ten times the amount.” “Wow, I’d have to sell my ass for cash if I should lose.” “Trust me,” she grinned sheepishly. “No one would buy that ass for cash. Not even in prison.” “And you know that how?” “Carolyn said you had a flat ass.” “Even the dead lie.” “Just bet that amount.” “And my dog will win?” “You’ll get ten times the amount.” “Ten times, boy that sounds pretty.” “That’s why people bet on the dogs,” she replied. “Damn, if I didn’t love animals so much, I’d be here every night. Now I understand what was going through the deacon’s mind. Or Carolyn’s mind. It seems like easy money, and ten times the amount is great.” She nodded. “But folks can get hooked.” “They all do.” I smiled. “That’s probably the reason the guards let you in,” she said. “I snuck in.” “We saw you on camera,” she smiled. “You voyeur you.” She smiled again. “All that for nothing,” I said. “I even cut my arm trying to come in undetected.” “Your fault,” she said. “Should have come in with everyone else. Trust me, you wouldn’t have been stopped.” “Says you.” “Of course,” she replied. “I’m Froggy’s wife.” “Bad taste you have,” I added.
and obeyed.” “Just pick a dog.” I said.” “Crowded room. “I hope you can handle this because all I hear from you is a lot of talk.” “What about you?” “I get to watch him squirm. I smiled.” “You know he is not an honest man.
.” “Now.Frank Atanacio
“I had no choice. “Big house. “My dog will win.” “Are you sure you can handle it?” “With flying colors. “What makes my dog the winner?” “The amount of money you’re betting on. “Long story.” “Just do your part. So you see. She smiled as she stood there completely nude. okay. getting me all hot and bothered. someone will hear the dog you choose and they will bring it to the dummy bettor. and give you the difference.” I continued.” she said.” “So you’re giving me a hot tip?” She nodded. “Do you think you can handle me?” “With flying colors. you understand?” “I’m just picturing you naked. I can handle it. “Trust me Stacey. I just wanna make sure the gambling information I give you goes our way.” She smiled with the urge to laugh at my stupidity. Then you take that money and pay off Carolyn’s share.” she ordered.” she explained. You figure he’ll deduct what you owe him.” “He’ll figure a way. repeat it all over again. the fix is in.” she said as she began removing her clothes.” she answered. and I don’t want to talk about it. “He can’t afford not to pay you.” “I like your style.” “Take off your clothes.” she replied. right?” “It’s not the dog that will win.“I said. “Good. “It’s the prize. but he’ll have to pay.” “Then let my actions speak for me.” “How do I know you’re not doing this so I could owe him more money?” “You can tell him what I had planned. “He wouldn’t know the amount because I’m not going to include it until everything’s counted. and the deacon.” I replied.” “Okay.” she continued. “He won’t like it. “When you tell him of the drugged dog. he’ll believe you. I have a dummy bet on the dog you don’t chose.” she replied. He will then place a bet on the other dog for half as much.
It was just too easy. She was calm and relaxed and I was tapping a married woman. “This is the main event. She followed me right out the office. “I’ll take the one with the scar on the right side of his face.” “Just give me your freaking name!” I smiled.” One of the bouncers laughed.bibliotastic. I turned to face Froggy and two bouncers. I didn’t know which one to pick.” “Oh. but I felt that I had to.” I said. but they were all too busy gambling and getting drunk. “What?” “The other big show.” “Not if you’re just getting my.” “I thought you were getting the big show.” I whispered. never mind.” I replied. “Which dog?” I looked over to the two dogs in the fighting area. you are?” I nodded. “I thought someone else was going to over hear my choice.” she said. “Don’t get cute. “Damn. “Two heads are better than one.. and Froggy looked embarrassed. but she didn’t. “Another round?” She laughed.” She smiled and walked away. at your service. “But first I’m going to try to win some of it back. fifty.
www.” someone called from behind me. but it didn’t matter. Frog with one eye. she didn’t even wish me luck.” She giggled. I thought she was going to stay behind. “Well?” “Dingy. I pushed the door out her hand and walked out first.” “Just making sure.” he said..” I said.” We got dressed and headed for the door.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I knew there was no reason to hurry as we had sex for about an hour.” “Your name?” “Nick Barnum.” said a man as he stood in front of me. Nick Barnum. “Bets. I expected a lot of eyes on us. “No.com
. Stacey walked over to me and stood there with her arms crossed. “Did you come to pay me my money?” “I did. Stacey said that the dog I picked was going to win. it’s time for the big show. “Mr.” “Yeah. How much dangerous could it get? “Ready?” she asked.” “Dingy?” “I guess. “Fifty?” I nodded. “Mr.
“How about you.” “Boss.” he grinned. “And Mr. “I just know I can back my shit up.” “Let’s see about that. it’ll be my pleasure to serve you.Frank Atanacio
“What dog did you bet on?” “The black and white younger looking dog. You know.” He smiled.” I replied.” I lied. “I can give you a taste of things to come.” he said.” “If you’d like. Just to keep your body guards busy while I beat the shit out of you. “No.” replied Froggy.” he said. “He looks like he can take a licking and keep on ticking. how much did you wager?” “I don’t gamble. I’m going to kick your ass everyday until I get paid.” He looked confused. “Ass kicks.” “No?” “It’s going to be about how many ass-kicks you can take before you die.” “So is your momma!” So is your momma? I simply had nothing else to say to him. “I’ll give you one now.” he replied as he turned and walked away. The proof would be in that ring. “I hope you lose. to help you get use to them. “Funny now. It’s not going to be about the money anymore.” he said.” “Yeah whatever. Barnum.” I said.
.” “Until you get killed. “And I’m going to get a few bouncers and body guards of my own.” I replied. I’m going to turn the tables on you.” “I try to be.” “Well.” “Is that so?” “Yes. “Let him brag all he wants. “If I win.” I said.” “And when I win.” I said.” “For your sake.” “Good luck on your wager. and you don’t pay me. “You better pay me.” I started. “Gamblers are losers.” “You are aggressive. “You’re a funny guy. can we shut him up for you?” asked a bouncer.
“I really don’t want to see this. By animals.” he added.” “I don’t give a shit about the dog.” The fight began and I struggled with wave after wave of cruelty to animals being displayed right in front of me. The fight was over and my dog won hands down.” “Big money. “Anyways. “Damn look at all that blood. “Doesn’t matter whose ear. “Anyways.” he continued. a lost gambler. “I got five hundred bucks riding on this Dingy dog.” “Not god’s ear. “You will win. There was no chance of either one of them to live. not people. We enjoy watching other species ripped a part and we bet money on it. I turned to face the crowd and there were so many sad faces. It was just a sickening sight. and no neutral life. They were sad because they lost a great deal of money.” I nodded slowly in agreement. To see violence the way it should be displayed.” I said softly.” “Your words to god’s ear.” he started. and felt very sick to my stomach.com
.bibliotastic. I’ll be out of the red. It was going to come down to this fight. “Yes!” Rust Miller shouted. “Look. did you win?” He asked.” I whispered. He nodded. I looked into the glowering face of Rusty Miller.” said Rusty Miller. She was sitting next to her husband.” I whispered as I took a seat on a white plastic picnic chair. Their was a hint of jubilee in his eyes. I had a difficult time wondering why humans were so savage like.” I whispered.” I pointed as Dingy put the final blows on his opponent.” he continued. Rusty Miller said animals should rip each other apart. “Even you. “Yeah. “I see you got money on this fight. It was misery for the dogs. “This is why I come here. no better life.” he said.” I couldn’t help but to notice all the blood.” “Congratulations. “I wonder what’s going through his sick little mind. “My god I can’t believe I finally won.” “It’s a life!” I half shouted.” “Why aren’t you happy?”
www. pure and undiluted. not people. They weren’t sad because a dog died. “It’s just an animal.” I said. and then their lives would be done.” I grimaced. There was no good life. It feels so good.” he said as he sat down in an empty plastic seat beside me. I turned to look and noticed Rusty Miller breathing heavy behind me. He was actually enjoying the fight. “If my dog wins. “Never mind. “You win.” he smiled as the dogs continued fighting to the end.” I smiled.” I whispered. the dog dies. I got a look at Stacey as she turned away from the fight. and he had a hard expression on his face.” “You’ll win my friend. “Winning?” Someone asked from behind me. “Damn. “Hey man.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The pit-bulls dreaded every step into the center of the ring. “I just placed a bet on this main event. “This is action. Where does anyone get off by making such a statement? “Cops should arrest everyone here.
” Froggy said.” replied the bookie. “If I don’t get my money.” I said. you ass!” “I mean.” I smirked as he was almost in my face. “I”ll tear up the note you have with me and we’ll call it even. You think I’m the type to allow anyone to insult him like this? You’re barking up the wrong tree.” he said. “Let him go for now. and What Carolyn Lopez owed. “I’m going to kill you and your two bouncers. His partner failed to catch him. In fact. “What seems to be the problem?” “I can’t pay this man. “I’ll give you one week to come up with the rest of my money. “Yeah. Froggy looked at my slip and realized it was genuine.” “You know what I’ll do.” “I don’t understand.” He was agitated. “That’s my warning. I walked up to the bookie and handed him my slip.” I said. plus the interest you require. “As long as I get mine. “How dare you dictate!” he shouted. “I get it. “Let that be a lesson.” “None of these bets are legal. Nick!”
.” “You don’t get it. I grabbed the bouncer in front of me and shot him twice in the foot. “What’s this?” “I come to collect. Froggy grinned mirthlessly. “Or at least I better get it in one week.” said Froggy. “I want my money. I promise you that. “This can’t be tight. “Call the police. and I expect to get paid.” I said. “Deduct what I owe you.” “Fuck them.” he started feeling the pressure as a bigger crowd surrounded us. He had tired eyes.” He was angry.” he said as he pushed his way toward me. I saw it deep in his eyes. I pushed him toward the other one as he fell to the floor.” “Man you’re looking for ugly. “I don’t want to tell you again.” I replied.” I warned.” Froggy came racing over with his body guards in tow.” I said. “There’s some kind of mistake.” “Did everybody hear the threat?” he shouted.” I said. “I don’t think this bet was legally taken.Frank Atanacio
“A dog just got killed.” he said. tell them to come down now and arrest me for threatening your life. “Hey.” I said as I holstered my gun. “It was taken properly.” “Nope.” I said. “I mean this bet wasn’t factored in.” I said. The crowd was stirring around the bookie as they were paying their losses. “It’s right. I also want you to deduct what the deacon owes. I didn’t have to stand to close to smell it. “And I want my winnings. The bookie was a small roundish man with red cheeks and balding jet black hair.” “Someday you will.” I said. “What do you want me to do?” one bouncer asked as he stepped in front of me. he just moved to one side as the wounded man fell passed him.” he said as he stood up. He reeked.” he said as he looked toward Froggy. and smelly breath.” “Don’t threaten me!” He shouted. “I think I found it. you must think I’m a push-over.
Little bitch. I watched her progress with a mixture of admiration for standing up to her husband.” Froggy said to the other bouncer as he ignored the other one on the floor.
www.” he growled. Froggy turned to her and punched her in the face as hard as he could. The blow knocked her on her ass. He stopped.” “I said.bibliotastic. “You’ve never been caught up in such turmoil. but that would have made him suspicious.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Let’s go home. and blood shot out of her nose. and pity. but did not turn around.” Stacey said as she made her way through the crowd. She was clinging to the bar as she forced her way toward the exit. “One week.” I said as I just watched on helplessly. but didn’t make a sound. “Too many people. “I said one week!” He stormed out pushing everything and everyone out of his way. She didn’t even blink as she grinned. She wiped the blood away with her hand. for taking a punch like man. stay out of it. and again It looked like an insult.” she said as she touched his upper arm. “One week!” I shouted. knees occasionally buckling in several places.” She smiled almost sheepishly. “Stay out of this. She stood up and moved slowly toward the door. “Let’s go. I wanted to jump on him.com
. “Never touch me again.” she said. It was probably a direct insult toward her husband.” “Please.
.” O’Brien nodded. “You know that’s illegal?” I nodded. and I strongly advice you not to take the payment if he offers it to you. “Why don’t you just let me rattle his cage for a little bit. “What?” “You’ll make him pay you. but it served good coffee and cake. “Do you really think he’s going to pay me?” O’Brien smiled. “That man can be very dangerous. because you were just trying to help out the deacon.” said O’Brien.” I smiled.” “Good guys. Do I make myself clear?” I just stared at him. “I can. “Nick?” “He rattled my cage for his payment. “He has already hurt the deacon.” “Good. he even has Willie the Greek on his payroll. “The captain sent Victor Cruz and Wilfredo Fuentes to keep a tale on him.” “Why would she go back on her husband?” “Because that marriage is a farce.” he frowned.” I started.” “I hope you guys have someone watching him. but I promised him I’ll give him a taste of his own medicine.” I said. broke into my office and stole my petty-cash.Frank Atanacio
I wasn’t surprised that O’Brien knew about what I did last night at the club.” “We can’t prove that.” I said.” “What?” “His wife Stacey told me that he took care of Carolyn Lopez.” “Captain Roque says he’s going to overlook this.” I said.” “He might hurt the people around you. We can take it from here.” “We did.” “He’s not going to pay.” he replied slowly. “Who do you have watching him?” I asked.” he replied. “So you placed a big bet. “But we want you to keep out of this now. We met at a coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue. “But you did it anyways?” I nodded again. We sat at the counter talking about what transpired last night.” “How?” “His wife.” “I’m out. “And that’s what I don’t want to happen. “I hope you guys go to his office and pick his stank ass up.” “Come on Pete. He had received my photo text messages I sent to his computer and had now believed that there was dog-fighting was a reality. and they were best friends. “But he owes me a great deal of money.” I said. I gave him one week to pay. I won’t take the money.. Hell.” “What?” “He was quickly released on bail.” said O’Brien. He has murdered Carolyn Lopez. “Yeah. It was a small coffee shop.
“I plan to. We got that all out of the way as I sipped my coffee.” “If she doesn’t. “I’m serious Nick.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“And she will testify?” “I don’t know. and I knew that he knew I wasn’t really going to stay away from Froggy.
. you need to talk to her.” he warned. “We’ll take care of him.” I nodded. He just had to say it.bibliotastic.” “I said okay!” O’Brien was eating a doughnut and I looked at him with curious eyes.” he said. I knew he wanted to protect me. and I just had to agree.” “Just stay away from Froggy.
You can trust me on that. I heard. and he was most certainly going to receive it just as loud and clear.” “He’s gotten my attention.” “Okay. but you have to let us handle this.” he replied. but I had to pay Froggy a visit. look around you. It was my turn to send him a message. she was calling my name. I told you at that coffee shop to stay away from Froggy. “Good.” he said.” “I know. This time I mean it. now let him start touching ours. That Froggy wanted to send me a message.” I nodded.”He said.” I sat tensely. looking hard at O’Brien. and I received it loud and clear. “I heard.Frank Atanacio
I couldn’t bear to sit at my desk.” “He keeps touching my spots. “Too many people are getting hurt because you’re sticking your nose in way too deep.” he replied. He had heard about what happened to Janet and he too was enraged.” “I hope so. “Did you hear what I said?” he asked. “This one will not slip through our fingers. It’s what Janet would have wanted me to do.
.” “Leave this one too us. the thugs had gotten to her. I’m sure she wants to know that you’re okay. Do you understand me?” “Pete. She was struck several times and it was the first blow that fractured her ribs.” he said. “Consider your investigation closed.” “How about B B?” “I have Eggy watching her. My mouth was so dry that I had to take several sips of coffee before I was able to ask.” I nodded. “Everything is going to go down well. I knew he meant well.” he said. right?” I asked. I had to move around so I could distract myself before I lost my composure.” How is she doing?” “She’ll live. and as she cowered in stunned pain. “So let him start pushing us.” “I hope so.” “You’re going after him for this too. “We’re going to try and get everything in.” I said. O’Brien came to my office and looked around. They beat her up and almost left her for dead.” “Have I ever lied to you?” I looked around my office again and shook my head from side to side indicating no.” I said knowing damn well that she was probably caught off guard. I can’t believe they would do something like this. “Now clean up this mess and go visit your secretary in the hospital.” “He’s pushing me. okay Nick?” “Deacon?” “We’re going to release him when this is all finalized. “We’ll handle it Nick. “Even the murder of Carolyn Lopez. “But they took her down a notch. By the time Janet punched in 911.” “I can’t believe Janet would just lay down without a fight.” “Because we arrested him.
“But other than that. “Did you want to fill out paperwork for your eh wife?” “I let my dear old mother in-law do it. are you the mom?” She nodded.” I nodded. “She’s a good girl. and she had it pinned up. She was worried sick. she tries to squeeze me. “Nick. “Nothing to worry yourself. I too felt relief entering my body.” “Thank God. the tears running down her cheeks. Her hair was in a net. so I knew the news was going to be positive.. “Why did they do this to her?” she asked while trying to catch her breath.bibliotastic. “Is there a problem with her organs?” I asked. “But make sure all billing goes to Nick PT Barnum. “Mine too. and I was thinking about my checking account. “Hi. “What?” “She said it while they wheeled her in here. right?” she said abruptly.” Janet’s mother blurted. We just want to make sure everything goes smoothly.” he said. “We’re going to keep her here a little longer than expected just watch some vital organs. He looked at me with a sideways glance. The doctor came out and walked over to Janet’s mother. I didn’t want to answer that question. as though she was afraid of opening her mouth because the screams would just come pouring out.” I replied softly. “You do work with dangerous people. She was weeping quietly. “You are?” “Ahhh.” she continued sobbing. “I heard.” she sobbed.com
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I found Janet’s mother in the waiting room outside the intensive care unit.” I whispered. her boss. It was obvious that she just ran out of her house as fast as she could.” “That’s noted on her files. I looked over toward Janet’s mother and saw the look of pain washing over her face. She’s going to be just fine. “I don’t want to know.” I nodded. She had on her night gown and a blue knitted sweater covering her up.” she laid a gentle hand on her lips. Janet’s mother seemed suddenly flustered. That just wasn’t right. “It’s nothing you did.” he said.” she screamed.” he said as he tried looking into her eyes. I just want you to pray for my baby.” “She’s my baby.” I said. “Janet suffered some broken bones and same and muscle bruising. He didn’t have a worried look on his face.” “Mama–“ ” Nick.” I nodded. Her painted lips were clamped together tightly.” “Her husband.” “Even near death.
She smiled.” “Okay Nick.” I said.” she said. “I don’t care how much it cost. I smiled.
. She looked better. whatever it takes to get her back on her feet is okay with me. just do what you got to do.Frank Atanacio
“Mama.” She smiled.” I said. “Tell her I was here. “I’ll check on her when they move her to recovery.
www.” “And he’ll keep on trying. “Why don’t you go to the police?” She didn’t answer. I heard a toilet flush. “Everything went as planned. and she was wearing a tee-shirt and black jeans.” she replied as she walked over to me and kissed my cheek. “Stacey?” “He has three men on his payroll that’s going to take the fall for everything that happened.com
.” she added.. and I’m just saving your life. “I come here to pay Froggy back for what he did to my secretary. and he will not harm you.” He nodded and walked over to his security desk. He’s going to hire the best lawyers to defend them even if it takes a lifetime.” “What?” She nodded slowly. “What the hell happened to you?” “He had to put me in my place.” he replied. “Froggy can have me killed in a minute. “You won’t be able to.” she said.” she replied. The security guard on duty emerged from the back door wiping his hangs on a paper towel.” “Oh.” “I’m okay.” she paused briefly. he’s with me. “We’re closed. and noticed that it was empty. Her face was covered in bruises. It was probably closed to the public.” “Mam. “He’s with me Arnold.bibliotastic. but I saw a tall thin man walking out.?” “I said.” she replied.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The evening was getting tougher to accept when I drove to Froggy’s office on Main Street. He will keep them out of jail. I had noticed the sign in front stating that the office is closed. and the lights were dim.” she said as she tried smiling.” “No you don’t. he’s tried.” he continued. “And you know this?” I asked as a rhetorical question. “I have orders. “Trust me Arnold. “Stacey?” “Look. “Nick?” I turned and I saw Stacey standing behind me. “Isn’t that. I gotta try. Nick. I’m so surprised that he hasn’t had you killed yet. I went by the security desk. “That bastard worked me over last night when he got home.” he shouted. and pay them well.” “But Mam. “He’s trying to get off?” She didn’t answer.” I said..” I nodded. I went inside. “That’s an order.” “I’m suppose to harm him. The water fountains were off. “Where is that little weasel?” “He’s out hiring the best lawyers the state has to offer. but that didn’t stop me.” she said.
” “I don’t believe you for one minute.” “Nick.” “Poor sap is going to end up dead. “Stacey. not me.” She slapped me again. “He will clear their names. “I won’t let you do it. Nick.” she said through clenched teeth.” she said. “Hit me. “Then this war isn’t over!” “Nick you can’t mean that.” She grimaced. stop hitting me. “Hit me!” “I’m not going to hit you. “They’re going to meet at a restaurant on the Post Road.” she replied.” she replied. but did not say a word.” she said.Frank Atanacio
“Where is he searching for these god sent attorneys?” “Fairfield. Diamonds. he’ll pay you.” “What about the deacon. “That’s all.” “You asked whose going to stop you!” “I didn’t mean you. “I meant Froggy. “You can’t keep making trouble.” she said. “I’ll find out the time and date. He just watched on as if he was awaiting instructions. “I just want you to be safe.” she replied.” “Not because of my bet. “I’m just saying that you’re pushing this just a little too far. “When his men turned themselves in. “He didn’t pay me yet and I want to keep him honest.” “I’m just going over there to ask for my money.” she said as she grabbed my hand. and Carolyn Lopez?” She didn’t answer. “Nick. “He said he wasn’t clearing deadbeats. I think.” I said.” I said mostly to myself.” “I don’t know the time or what day.” “Just let it go. “That hurts!” I shouted.” she replied. Carolyn.” she held both my upper arms and looked directly into my face.” “For him. “Stacey?” “No.”
.” I replied. Consider yourself a winner. “If it means keeping you off his back. even if they’re dead. The security guard stood from his desk. “He blamed his bookie. it’ll all be over.” “Funny guy. He’s going to kill you. and Janet?” “War causalities. You beat him in his own game.” “Whose going to stop me?” She slapped my face and stood directly in front of me waiting for me to slap back.” “He’ll pay you.” “I know the place.” she said while holding me back.” She nodded slowly. “He is keeping me out of the loop now.” “Did he clear the deacon.” I said. right?” “No.” she said.
.” I said. “Is this monkey giving you a hard time. “That was part of the agreement.. “Let me go take care of him. “And why did you marry him?” “To pay off.” she said.” I nodded and walked out. “I don’t want your husband to get away with what he did. “Arnold.
www.” I started. “Don’t call me a monkey if you can’t back it up. “He’s just doing his job. but didn’t say another word. I kissed her bruised lips.” “His debt was paid in full.” she said.” “How do you know I can’t handle myself?” I said as I looked into her battered face. and I plan to finish it.” “Everything is fine. “Is everything alright?” asked the security guard.com
. Don’t you want some type of justice?” She looked down. “You can’t put up with him anymore.” she said as she pulled me into the nearest office.” Stacey said. “I will.” I added.” She nodded slowly. I smiled.” “I know you want to. go back to your duties.bibliotastic. “Look what he did to you. He started this whole thing. “Listen Stacey.” “This is a gambling debt pay-off?” “I was loyal to him.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She nodded and backed away slowly. He glanced at me. but I don’t want you to get hurt.” she half whispered.” “Please.” “Be careful.
The waiter came over quickly and handed O’Brien a menu.” he replied. but didn’t speak. but that doesn’t do anything for me. “If she would have come forward and gave us Froggy.
. “What about Carolyn.” He shot a glance my way.” I smiled. “And Froggy isn’t one of them. I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining and take advantage of the bargains.” I smiled.” I nodded. “What’s good here?” he asked. He half smiled. “Right?” “They confessed to everything. I nodded.” he said. “Froggy still walks.” “I’m sure it will. “BLT. “What we have will stick. The waiter came to me and handed me a menu. I’d give him a pass.” I said.” “It’s better than nothing. He didn’t stop to ask if I was ready to order. but she wasn’t going to spill the beans. “I’m buying.” he said.Frank Atanacio
At noon the After Cafe on Edna Street roared with business.” I replied.” he said.” “Ready to order?” asked the waiter as he stood by us waiting to jot down our order.” “Of course you know this is all bull shit. we wouldn’t have taken those sworn statements. “They’ll do hard time. “What do you know?” “You have confessions. I opened up the menu and notice almost everything on it was under five dollars.” I said. I couldn’t believe that they’d still be in business charging these low prices.” I said as I took a sip of my water. “So you’re not going to ask me about Froggy?” “I already know.” O’Brien added. “Froggy’s people are going to issue a statement and they’re going to fire all of those involved.” I replied. “Come on Nick. He sighed heavily. give us a break. “It is nothing!” “It’s going to satisfy the State. It was a place where families came in and enjoyed a very good meal at very low prices.” “We would have protected her. but at these prices. and those dogs that died?” “It’s all on paper. “Sounds good. “Something bothering you?” I asked. He didn’t even say hello. right?” “You said Stacey had different information. O’Brien walked in and sat across from me.” said O’Brien. “Froggy.” “She’s afraid.
” O’Brien nodded as the waiter brought over our food and drinks. he’s taken down those poor witnesses.” O’Brien said.” “You do shake cages too hard.” I said.” “He’ll climb back on top. “No. That can’t be good because Willie hates owing anyone anything. “He’s in it up to his eye balls. He knows that the dog fighting in this city is over. “Deal with it.” “Willie knows better. “Trust me on this. remember?” I nodded.” I said. He always wants to be king of the hill.bibliotastic.” “I’m telling you Pete. “Me too.” I smiled.” “Then that’s when we make our move.” “He’s going to be extra careful now. I nodded.” “Just tell her this is all resolved.” I said. He’s watching over his shoulder now.” said O’Brien. “We have him right where we want him. “Did you check up on Janet?” he asked. Nick. he’s not putting up a fight against Froggy.” said O’Brien as he took a bite out of his sandwich.” “And he’ll remember that.” I said. Yet. and I plan on collecting. “He owes me money. The waiter quickly picked up the menus and hurried off to place our order. You did nothing illegal.” I said.” he added. “Better?” “Yeah.” I nodded.” I said. “We just can’t roll over and look the other way. And don’t you think he’s given up on me either.” “What do you want me to do?” “Tell the captain that the investigation is still incomplete. He’s taken down some good people. “The city wins. “Coke. Don’t let him get away with this.” “Sure he’ll be careful.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“BLT.” “Including you. She wants me to get back at Froggy.com
. and it seems everybody owes him money.” “Orange soda.
www. you shouldn’t stop right here.” he said. He’s taken down the good deacon. “Just let it go. Even Willie the Greek owes him money.” I replied. “You weren’t betting. “But she’s pissed.” “You don’t even mean that. “You know Willie.” “How can we win when Froggy hasn’t got a mark on him?” I half shouted. and that we can prove that he’s been involved. “Too many people owe him.” I said. It’s not going to be easy for him.” “A little too late. “Better late than never. “Froggy wins. It’s not going to be easy for him.” “I don’t think it’s going to help. “You gotta give me something better than that. The man will not stop until he gets what’s his.” “I told you before. I shook his cage.” I said.” said O’Brien. and he knows that.” I said. “But he’ll take more people down with him.” he said. That’s going to take a big bite out of his gravy train. “It’s a stat for us.
it’s a dog eats dog world.” I said.
.” “More like Frog eats dog. “Eat.Frank Atanacio
“You said it before Nick.” I lost my appetite. the sandwich it’s good.
” I said. as long as you give me what you owe me. Mr. They were his salvation. It was a great chance to collect what you owe me. “Just for the last fight.” said another suit. “I figure in public you wouldn’t sick your dogs after me. “It wasn’t your wife. “Just wanted to see how the criminals live.” “I want my money. All I want is what you owe me. “Something would marry you?” “You don’t have to take this. “Who told you I was here?” he asked. “If I don’t get it. “I walked by and saw your pretty face from the window.” “Even the people that owe you?” “No.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Froggy dreaded every step I took when I walked into the eatery. “All debts are off. I nodded. “It’s okay.” I added.” I replied.” “I’m going to punch you in the face in a few minutes if I don’t see you writing a check.”
www. how are you going to pay me?” “With my foot in your ass if you don’t get out of here.com
.” I said.” I said. He knew I knew it too. A thousand reasons for him to get up and walk out raced across his mind. “Shut up or I’ll kick the living shit out of you..” “You don’t get it. “Yeah he does.” he said without looking at me.” I snorted back. Barnum?” “You can pay me the money you owe me. He was having dinner with three suits..” he continued smiling. “You know the guys running the dog fights confessed.” Froggy said. but I wanted to make sure I put a crimp in it. I don’t care if you put a foot in my ass. I walked by and saw you.” I replied. “My wife is in hot water.” he half mumbled. “No one else knew I was here. Do I make myself clear?” “Hey. “What can I do for you.” I smiled.bibliotastic. “At your service. “So.” “Was it Stacey?” “Who?” “My damn wife!” he shouted.” “Hey! You can’t say that!” shouted one of the suits.” He grimaced. “I’ll handle this one. “What brings you into an expensive place like this?” he asked again without looking at me.” he said. That’s what I do best.” “A threat?” he looked annoyed. “I told you. “Nick Barnum.” he said with a smirk on his face.
” “Wait!” “Checkbook?” “I said I wasn’t going to pay anyone for that past fight. “Five. If that’s okay with you.” I said.
“How dare you?” “I’m serious.” “Those threats can land you in jail!” “But they will be carried out before I go to jail.” “I’ll sue!” “And I’ll shoot you dead. “No charge.” “Mr.” he said.” I said.” I said as I kicked him in the face again. “The kick was extra. I flexed my arms. “You’re just a thug.” said the third suit. but I kicked him in the face. “Four.” I said. Blood spat everywhere. I slowly walked over to Froggy and punched him in the face knocking him off his chair.” One of the suits picked up his cell phone and dialed the police. “Then I’ll drive to your house and kill your family.” Froggy started. Froggy tried to stand. “And you won’t!” “You don’t think I’ll punch you in the face. “Did you collect your winnings?” “Huh?” “Did they pay you?” He did not reply. you better know who I am!” “Two.” “Mr. “You’re crazy!” “One. Barnum. or perhaps it was the urge to continue kicking the shit out of Froggy. It was a cramp that shot through me.” “I called the police. right?” He blinked.” I said.” “I don’t see a check book. A low-life. The suits stood up but they all backed away.” “I’m serious!” “Three.” he said.” “In that case. and fought to relax them. “I’m going to count to five.” “Someone stop this bully!” Froggy shouted.” “You’re in deep shit. Barnum. “Sit down or I’ll beat you silly.” “Let me get rid of him. “I’m going to get all my licks in. He touched his chin and growled.
” Froggy whispered. Froggy nodded. The suits sighed. “Oh. “He wasn’t remotely afraid. “These guys can be tough.bibliotastic. Froggy just stared at me as he resisted the temptation to berate me for my actions.” she begged.” “I don’t think they have dealt with people like Nick before. “What an animal.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Froggy looked up at me.” Froggy said.” a waitress said softly. He wanted to be in control.com
. “I’m sure they have. “My money!” I shouted back. Froggy watched me as the police did their job.” said another suit as he helped Froggy to a seat. I didn’t let him down as I kicked him again. “That one!” shouted one of the suits. “Leave him alone.” He grimaced as the Fairfield police rushed into the restaurant. “I’ll see you later. speaking slowly. He was banking on it. Froggy took a breath.” I said as the police hauled me away. please. “Kicking my face wasn’t necessary.” I’ll give you your damn money!” “You see how simple that was?” Froggy’s head dropped into one hand. “Those type of guys don’t pay. He was feeling the pain. because they were just simply doing their job. Now all he had to do was wait for me to try and get revenge.” said a waiter as he stood next to the suits.” I looked at her and winked. it kinda was. “Bastard is going to pay for this.” “Yeah. cramped rows of dining tables of the very upscale eatery. It would have been unproductive because the suits would have definitely saw right through him. His eyes were red with anger as he waited for another kick. “They got to be put out of their misery.
www. It was suppose to be his way or the highway. Nick. “Please.” Froggy said quietly. I didn’t put up a fight. He wanted to bark out the orders. you’re going to kill him.” Always careful of what he says in front of other people. away from the waiters and waitresses as they tried to gear in closer for a look at me. He was particularly concerned that he had nothing to do with my capture. Froggy stood up and tried not to be so tall. The police were headed for the main cruiser parked right outside the door. This part was over. The Fairfield Police quickly tackled me to the ground and handcuffed me. The Fairfield police led me through the narrow.” he sighed. I smiled. “Please. for my money.” said the waiter.” “Maybe the cops will do that.” he began. “You’ll get your money.
He just respected the position. O’Brien sat at the head of the table as the captain was pacing in a command sort of way. “What?” The captain silently groaned.” he replied. A thin female police officer knocked at the door.” said the captain. stroking his brown thin chin beard.” O’Brien replied as he stood up. “Hey Pete. This gave O’Brien the urge to just fall to sleep. They wanted to explain all of this to O’Brien. he’s an animal. The captain turned to O’Brien. It was something they wanted no part of. and I was a Bridgeport citizen causing havoc in their town. and help you watch out for yours. “I have the prisoner. “Do you want him in cuffs or not?” “I’ll take the obvious.” O’Brien nodded. O’Brien?” “Yes sir. “He is an animal. You’re right.” the captain barked. I just had a long night.” O’Brien replied with a hint of sarcasm. but I heard many good things about this Nick PT Barnum. “The last thing I wanted to do was come here to pick up Nick Barnum. when the captain had his back toward him. and he knew he poked fun at the Bridgeport Police Department. I’m also sure you wouldn’t want your men to question your friends or what you do.” O’Brien sighed. “Come. he was obvious. I will release this animal to you without handcuffs. He did it because he knew there would be no serious social repercussions O’Brien smiled as he cursed under his breath. he’d nearly dozed off on two separate occasions.” we must watch out for our own people. “What a sight for sore eyes!” “Your friend too?” said the captain as he removed the handcuffs. “I’m bringing the animal to you. In fact. The captain shrugged. not bothering to hide it.Frank Atanacio
This was just the sort of meeting that usually put Detective Peter O’Brien to sleep. It was their way of sharing things with sister towns. He also remained alert enough to follow the conversation. Will that be to your satisfaction. “Well.” I said. “Something I said?” asked the captain. “In many ways. This time. he had watched captains come and captains go. “I don’t get into my captain’s business.” she said. “I hope you put him in his cage.” O’Brien added. He knew he played O’Brien. “Captain. O’Brien snored silently. They wanted to talk to him about my release.” The captain cleared his throat in satisfaction. “Am I correct in my assumption?” He asked. but he didn’t have to like him. Mr. but managed to snap himself out of it when a question was shot his way. “With respect to your captain. “It will be. He knew that the captain was speaking to him like an undisciplined child. stroking his beard again. “No wait.” he said. They will handle the obvious and overlook the unobvious.” said the Fairfield police captain. but he had always hid his dislike for them.” O’Brien replied as he leaned back in his chair. right?” The captain made no effort to match O’Brien’s soft.” “I hear your captain is tough. polite tone. “He does what he does and I don’t ask questions. I think he’s good friends with this Nick character. “My men will never be put in the position you’re in. and I will make sure Captain Frank Roque takes care of him. and my actions at the restaurant.” O’Brien nodded.
.” O’Brien hadn’t been particularly fond of the captain.” An embarrassed silence descended over O’Brien’s face. In his uniform days.
“Come on Nick.” I said.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
O’Brien felt a chill.” said O’Brien.” I nodded.com
. “Just get him out of here.
www.bibliotastic.” “You have clean holding cells. “Let’s get out of here. The captain grimaced.
” “We got our man.” I continued.” O’Brien said. We have written statements. “His bark is worse than his bite.” he huffed.” The waiter smiled and continued doing his job.” I said as I took a small bite of my club. “What?” “He called the captain and asked the captain to put a leash on you. “Besides. “Yeah you did rattle his cage.” said O’Brien.” he paused. “It can’t just end here.” “I’m the one who should be angry.” I laughed. I guess I made him nervous.” O’Brien smiled. confessions. but he didn’t place them down.” Damn. “What?” “Do you have to keep tapping the freaking counter?” “Are you angry?” “Damn straight. “That Frog managed to produce Patsies!” I half shouted. Including murder!” “He’ll pack up in leave.” said O’Brien.” I shouted almost abstractedly.” O’Brien continued. That has to be good enough. The deacon is back home. we have confessions to everything. “Froggy called the captain a pig. “How can you say that?” I said as I sipped on my soda. he killed Carolyn. I can feel it. O’Brien began tapping the counter with his fingers and he realized that I was annoyed. That man is getting away with everything. “And the captain called him a fly eater. But not this time. “I just don’t like the way this played out. O’Brien looked straight into my eyes and said to me.” “It’s still not him. everything the court needs to make the charges stick. I know he’s getting away with too much. “But I think you should just let things be for now.Frank Atanacio
O’Brien was hungry so we stopped off at The Flyer Diner on State Street next to the truck stop area and McDonalds. nine times out of ten I’d agree with you. “No exceptions. Besides.” “Pete. there is no exceptions!” “One. Not like this. and the men he sold down the river is doing time for everything that has happened. “He got the deacon tied up in knots.” I laughed again. I know deep down inside you agree with me.” he growled. “Even if I do. We hurried in and ordered a turkey club and two diet colas. “It’s okay. “It has to be enough. The men will serve a great deal of time. It was okay with you then.” “Even if I do. “Coming into Fairfield to bail your stank ass out of jail because you couldn’t leave Froggy alone!” “I shook him good. It’s all right there with no exceptions.” I said. “As you may recall from past incidences.” I said. “The captain told him if he had to put a leash on you he’d tie you up at his office. Willie the Greek produced some Patsies. Why is this so different?”
.” he said as he finished off his soda and ordered another one without speaking. So again. “It shouldn’t end this way. and the cruelty to those animals. The waiter stopped in front of us with our meals.” O’Brien replied. I’m not even including the dogs he killed. “Leave it alone. and he almost killed Janet. and he simply lost his train of thought. what can I do about it.” said O’Brien.
. but I just had to say my say. “You can do some serious jail time Nicky boy.” I grimaced. I knew where he was coming from.” “Don’t even say it.. “We have the chance to stop him. He knew I was right. and nothing was being accomplished.” O’Brien continued.” “How?” “Kill him. I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. for doing what you think is right. Froggy had to die.” I said. his eyes hard with restrained emotion. Froggy wins!” “But he doesn’t have to win!” “Don’t go there Nick.” “Dog eats dog world.” I said softly.” “What?” “You heard me Pete.” His face was tight. Let’s just change the subject. A spectator in life.” I fought the urge to raise my voice.com
. “You win.” he spoke.
www. “Regardless of what you believe my intentions are. O’Brien smiled.” said O’Brien.” I interrupted. more innocent people are going to die. so I spoke slowly and calmly and hoped the effort did not offend O’Brien. “Two wrongs.” I said.” I sighed. “I’m just telling you that there is nothing we can do about this situation. and as cruel as my intentions were. listen to what you’re saying. I realized we were just arguing in circles.” “Now you’re talking murder.bibliotastic.” “You know I’m right. “Nick. “I can’t do anything about it. “Yep. “You’re talking murder and I want no part of it.” I whispered. “We need to kill him. “Innocent people die because of it!” “And because we’re turning a blind eye on Froggy. You’re not making any kind of sense. “I don’t win!” he shouted. but I also knew he didn’t really share in that belief. I’m just like you. it just had to be done.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“He’s a killer!” “Willie killed people too!” “Drug dealers! And other gang members!” “It’s all the same!” O’Brien shouted.
However. It was something I couldn’t do. Or did.” I said as I knelt down before her and removed the choker from her lifeless body.” I said as I slapped the cell phone shut and tossed it into the passenger’s side. “Pete. I touched my back pocket to see if I had my cell phone with me. and Froggy struck again.Frank Atanacio
I stopped for a light on Boston Avenue and East Main Street when my cell phone buzzed. “Should I call Pete?” I whispered. it connected to Fairfield Avenue which became the Old Post Road. It gave the new building character. He’s on his way to the office and he told me not to leave. “Damn Stacey. O’Brien. Out of a window in front of the office I could see silhouettes pacing. It connected to I95 North and South. I was going to see Stacey. “Stacey?” Nick. Froggy was a maggot in my book. it’s me. I wasn’t going to give it too much consideration because I knew O’Brien would just talk me out of it. I knew that Stacey would have been relieved if she knew I was outside. and I wanted to avoid The entrance side to Beardsley Park. It was newly built with the permanent paint siding. I didn’t really have the time to think it over.” Nicky. I wanted someone to peek out the window. To my surprise. He had to be stopped. It was one of the old fashioned gold knobs.” I said under my breath. Maybe I’m dead this time. I can’t make him out. It wasn’t my normal way of thinking. It wasn’t a step up. He would have urged me to mind my own business. Thank goodness for that. I had to let him know what was going on. It was either going to be him or me. she genuinely needed my help. but really didn’t care. the only exit I wanted was exit 7. I walked over to the body and noticed a choker collar around her neck. Although North Main Street has many buildings dating back over a hundred years. I knew I had tossed it on the passenger side of my truck. “Nick here. It was built on the spot were an old building once stood. I think he’s gone off the edge. but I didn’t forget to bring it with me. it’s me.” I said. It was Exit 7 that I wanted. but then I remembered that Stacey was expecting me. Age hasn’t caught up to me yet. Be careful. and he even smelled like one. the door was unlocked. “Didn’t he already hurt you?” This time he sounds crazy. I couldn’t let Froggy move on. I slowly walked into the office and was shocked to see a woman’s body on the floor next to the security guard’s desk. but that didn’t happen. sacrifices had to be made. I thought about it as I turned onto Route eight and was heading for the Trumbull Mall. Route Eight consisted of a catalogue of highways. and it connected to Route 25 and the Merritt Parkway. I wasn’t ready to enter. The man is not thinking like he use to. and I had my chance to put an end to Froggy. I think Froggy is going to hurt me. I wanted to avoid the build-up on East Main Street. In order to take down the beast. A woman was dead. In a flash I had realized that I had just stumbled upon my first substantial opportunity to get at Froggy. I still had all my wits. I didn’t have my head piece on so I picked up the phone and place it to my ear. Shadows that didn’t expect me. I thought about Stacey for a moment. Froggy’s office was not one of them.” Don’t tell me you’re locked up again?
. I was trying to find out what was going on in the office. but I had no choice. However. She was strangled to death with that choker. “I’m coming down now. I couldn’t believe my luck. which broke into several different avenues. I took out my cell phone and called O’Brien. Fate was stepping in. “You be careful. I just wanted to make sure she wasn’t setting me up. “Please don’t be Stacey. I wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught on the ever lasting construction on Boston Avenue. and I didn’t even care if I was being baited. I walked to the front of the office and slowly turned the door knob. and it was what I took.
“And then paid for it. “Now shut the fuck up before I plant you next to my whore of a wife.” Froggy paused and stared at his office for a moment.” I whispered in her ear as I kissed her cheek. Instead. the kick to the stomach?” “Making love to my wife. “What.” Stay put. you’re not going to hurt her.” I started.” I said. We wanted each other dead.” “Touching.” he said. and a big living room with a fireplace and a picture window that looked out to the Long Island Sound.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Stacey’s dead.” “What are you talking about?”
www. “Is this your handy work?” He smiled as I turned and looked up to face him. “You ass. Mr. There he stood with a chrome 38 special beaming down on me. thanks to you. I’m coming down!” O’Brien hung up the phone. “Sure thing. “Stay on your knees. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see your new condo.” I smiled. or a fall guy?” I asked. Barnum. “She’s already dead!” “Yeah. because it was the first step she made toward leaving her twisted husband. “I enjoy it. he lifted the gun up over his head and brought it down with such a thrust he knocked me over onto the body of his dead wife.bibliotastic.” came a voice from behind me. Why don’t you head down to Froggy’s office. He stood closer and then just smiled at me.” “How did it feel?” he asked.” “You’re sick. She wanted me to see it. She told me it had a modern captain’s galley kitchen. “Damn that hurt.” he paused briefly. “She was choked to death with a choke collar. “Stacey.” Froggy replied. but was brutally helped by Froggy as he kicked me in the stomach. I may need your help. but I was the one in pain. Newsom?” “Of course. and she was proud that it went unnoticed.com
. Stacey had a condo at the old Warner Cost Factory off of Myrtle Avenue and close to Seaside Park. But he didn’t.” he said. “Why did you kill your own wife?” I asked.” He grimaced. “Mr. I tried to gingerly remove myself off of Stacey.” I said loudly. “Well?” “You’re something. His fingers were twitching. Then he looked for a moment as if he were going to pat my shoulder. He hated me. and I hated him. “An accomplice. “You would have made it a fine home. and I knew he wanted to pull the trigger. There was no mistake about it.” “Enjoy it?” “She showed me up. “Punk!” he growled. “Anything for a murderer.” he growled. She was proud of that purchase.
She was a whore and she got what she deserved.” “You’re all heart.” “She was trying to keep your stench off her body!” I shouted.” Froggy wasn’t impressed as he pushed me forward.” he said as he pushed me toward the office. “And the only way to do that was to sleep with other guys!” Froggy kicked me in the face turning me completely over onto my back. “You’re not the only one.” he said. and just maybe I’ll kill you without making you suffer. you keep calling me that and I’m going to show you my punk. “Some she didn’t even know about.Frank Atanacio
“I have cameras everywhere. “Yeah.” I nodded. I did as I winced with pain. “You don’t get to say that!” he shouted.” “Get up!” Froggy demanded.
. “There were many. a security guard poked his head out.” “Punk. Nick. “Only I can judge my wife.” “And murder her?” “Damn you!” From the office. “Bring him in boss.” he replied. “Do as I say.
“I need to make sure this all goes as planned. but was he going to leave me dead or alive? The office was made up to look like a robbery. “You’re going to shoot me.” Froggy started explaining. He had left it on the desk when he was filling the duffel bag with money. sure. I was also assuming that Stacey was caught in the cross-fire. “You will get your reward.” said Froggy.” Froggy continued.” I said.” Froggy smiled.” I replied. and blame this all on me?” He smiled. “It was very nice knowing you. One big mistake.” He smiled even harder. I noticed that the office was completely a mess. and all the draws to the file cabinets were tossed onto the floor as if someone was looking for something. “Arnold!” he screamed. It crossed my mind that he was planning on setting me up. “Stay put! Don’t give me a reason to knife you. She was killed because she walked in on me robbing the place.” The guard nodded.com
.” he said sarcastically. I shook my head slightly from side to side. “Boss?” “Wait.” said the guard as he took his gun out of his holster. “It’s not a good thing to do when you’re going to die.” “This guard?” “Yes!” “I’m going to snap his neck before all of this is over.” “I’m so glad. “He catches you with this bag of money and he shoots you dead. “Let me shoot this idiot. He thinks he’s mister tough guy.” Froggy instructed. “In time.” “Oh yeah. The guard walked over toward me and made one mistake. but trust me.” I said. Carefully. I grabbed his neck and forced him up against the wall. “Okay.
www.” The guard smiled. I know you’re angry and worried about this whole thing. “Nick. “Don’t smile. do it. “Boss.bibliotastic. “How do I get shot?” “The guard walks in on you after he discovers the body of my dear wife. “I didn’t like him when he first came in to speak to you. Froggy was taking money out of his safe and stuffing it in a duffel bag.” “I can kick your ass any day of the week. just a few more minutes. Everything was turned over. I can’t have anything go wrong.” Froggy said.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The security guard grabbed me and pushed me face first into the wall. You’ll also get to shoot Nick PT Barnum.” I threatened.” “I won’t. He stuck the gun in my face giving me the chance to knock it away. It happened too fast as I snapped his neck and threw him toward One Eyed Froggy.” “He’s getting on my nerves!” “Arnold. Froggy didn’t know what was happening as he scurried toward his gun. let me at him!” “In time.
“Now I have the drop on you.” “But Stacey. “Damn you Nick!” He shouted as he crawled to his feet. “She was your wife. “Do you want a blind fold instead?” “Fuck you!” I smiled. I always tried to carry out my threats.” “She wasn’t all upstairs!” he shouted as he pushed his index finger against his temple. “In that duffel bag. take it!” “I can kill you and take the money. and I’ll even pay off your winnings!” “Can you bring Stacey.” he said. “Pete?” “Drop it Nick. It was an easy win for me because Froggy was a weak man.
.” I smiled.” “You wouldn’t. lots of it!” I smiled. He knew what he was doing had no meaning. He steadied himself. He felt like his knees were going to collapse.” He closed his eyes. “See how nice this all played out for you.” I said smiling.” He nodded slowly.” Froggy gazed into my eyes. “Oh. “She was a retarded whore. I will. O’Brien approached me and kicked the gun away. Carolyn.” I did and Froggy smiled. He didn’t know me. “Can’t let you kill a man. “Freeze!” Shouted Detective Peter O’Brien as he stormed into the office with his aimed directly at me. I don’t know why she married you. lots more. “There’s more. but he knew I was a man of my word. That’s just the way I roll. “Drop it or I’ll have to drop you. “Get out of here. but he had to follow the rules. “Do it then!” He demanded. “His neck is broken.” I said as I aimed the gun at him.” “I know. or Carolyn back?” He bowed his head. She didn’t have to die like that.” “I have money. and he grabbed my arm. The only sad thing is you killing your wife.” “Let me do this. He was simply a weakling with money. trust me. He was trying to see if I was the type to kill a man in cold blood. That’s murder.” “Pete?” “Drop the gun. He had no strength. Nick. “I didn’t think so.” I said. but she got the raw end of that deal.Frank Atanacio
“He can’t hear you.” We scuffled for the gun as I pushed him to the floor.” I said. now.” “That’s not nice.
” he said. “I can produce many witnesses. go ahead.” O’Brien just looked at Froggy. “That didn’t stop him so I had to shoot him again.
www. He killed them both. “Cuff him!” “Nick. “He came at me with a knife. and get out of here. “Tell me the whole story from the beginning. detective.” he said. “Yeah. just wait for me in the other room. “That man was caught in here by my wife and my guard. She lost her life. Stacey’s body was on the floor and I looked around the office to find something to cover her. He just snapped their necks and then he came after me looking for his winnings. O’Brien still had the smoking gun pointed upward.” I nodded and walked out of the office.bibliotastic. Suddenly.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Listen.” O’Brien said as he finally holstered the weapon. and people will testify that he threatened my life. right?” “My word.” he said.” I couldn’t believe O’Brien was going to listen to that crazed killer.” O’Brien explained. “See if you can cover up Stacey’s body or something.” O’Brien nodded. “Nick. I stopped. I couldn’t believe he didn’t let me put that Frog out of his misery. He won a great deal of money from me and I wasn’t going to pay. I blamed myself. I should have done it quickly. “Pete!” I ran back into the office and I saw Froggy on the floor with two bullet holes in his chest. “He came at you?” “He came at me and I shot him once. a shot.” O’Brien said. Followed by another.” he called.com
. I left.” “Froggy?” “That’s my story!” O’Brien shouted. I nodded.” I grabbed the duffel bag and walked quickly toward the door. There was nothing. and the man who took it is getting away with it. “You better go. “Back up is on their way. can I take Deacon Mike Brandon’s duffel bag?” “He had Mike’s bag?” I nodded.” “Hey.” O’Brien smiled. I looked to the floor and I saw a knife just two feet away from the body. “Just calm down.” Froggy started. but I did not turn to face him. “Don’t let him get away!” Froggy shouted. “That is Mike’s bag. “This will stick.