The Blog proudly presents the first adventure of JQC Rock, Judicial Investigator (JI).
THE CASE OF THE KNIFE IN THE BACK............
[JQC Rock takes up the case of Third DCA Nominee Michael Hanzman and the article published by the Herald on Sunday which "revealed" that Hanzman used to belong to a private golf club that didn't have any women as members. ]
My name is Joe Quinton Carlton, but my friends call me Rock. That’s right, my initials are JQC. And I work for the city investigating Judges and prosecutors. My town is Miami, and I rarely have a free moment. My jurisdiction covers Judges and wannabes.
It was Sunday morning and my phone rang. My pillow still smelled of whisky. So did I.
It was a broad on the phone. You know, long legs, pouty lips, never quiet when you want them to be.
And she was my boss.
“Rock. You read the Herald yet?”
“No. But tell me anyway.”
“We got another body. Get over here right away.”
I showered and threw some day old coffee in the microwave.
My Old Chevy Impala coughed to life, and a few minutes later I was downtown.
There was a group standing around the paper. I knew it wouldn’t be pretty.
“Whatta we got?”
The kid next to me was new. Eager to make his bones on the squad, so he piped up: “Male. White. Well fed. Member of a private club. Was on the short list to serve on the Third DCA. But not anymore.”
I glanced over and read Fleishman’s article. I winced. It wasn’t pretty.
I walked away and wiped the sweat from my forehead.
The Kid walked over to me: “You OK Rock?”
“Yeah, I seen this a hundred times. But you never get used to it. He had everything to live for. Successful lawyer. 8 Handicap golfer. Member of a swanky private club. Judicial nominee.”
"And then someone put a knife in his back. And bam! Just like that it’s over."
“Just like that. You got any ideas?”
I looked at the rookie and laughed. “Yeah kid. I got a few.”
“Like there are five other lawyers who benefited from this. And one of them handed Fleishman the story and knife. And he never saw it coming.”
The kid nodded “Never saw it coming.”
I put my hands on my hips. The Kid did the same. He coughed….”Say Rock, could I work this one with you?”
“You got the stomach for it kid? This is politics. This is murder. This is the 3rd DCA. It won’t be pretty. You think you can handle it?”
“I can’t get the picture of Hanzman with that knife sticking out of his back, out of my mind. Maybe if we catch the perp the image will go away.”
“You got a lot to learn to kid. The image never goes away. But…yeah. You can work this one with me.”
“What do we do first?”
“Like said, there’s five other lawyers on that list who benefited from that knife in Hanzman’s back. Lets start with the first one on the list….” The kid pulled out a notepad and licked his pencil. ..
This is what I do. When lawyers or Judges go down, the City pays me to find the killer. That’s me: Joe Quinton Carlton. JQC,JI. But call me “Rock” .
Keep your eyes open for the further adventures of JQC Rock JI- Judicial Investigator.