Framing the Dialogue

Loose Ends

“Someone was watching, Mira seemed to think, perhaps tapping her phone or the house itself, and she worried enough to try a bit of cloak and dagger. I attempted to tease out more observations, Sherlock Holmes style, but the only thing on my list was the fact that the client claimed not to be able to leave her home, yet the business card had been hand delivered. I was throwing on my blazer when I heard the groan.  instinctively my left hand dropped to the butt of my weapon, right reaching for the phone again. That was another reason I liked the hard line – 911 had a much better response time and the dispatch center would see my name and address on their screens.”

Loose Ends is the first in D. D. VanDyke’s California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series.  Private Investigator California Corwin is hired by a woman who’s daughter has been kidnapped, though it’s not your typical kidnapping as her daughter is being held for information rather than money.  The deeper Corwin digs in, the more suspicious she gets about the kidnapping AND the mother.  

“Now it’s on, you son of a bitch, I thought. You ever see one of those animal shows where the cheetah goes after the gazelle, following every twist and leap with utter concentration? That was me, my eyes fixed on the German sport sedan and my mind running every possible scenario at lightning speed. I had to catch this guy. I had to beat Talia’s location out of him. That was all there was to it. Him or me is what it came down to. If I could make it happen, I’d run him down, drive him into a wall or a ditch, push him until he made a mistake. My rally skills should keep me close and my cop training should let me take his wheels out from under him.”

The novel was a decent read…a few twists and turns.

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