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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode One There’s a heat that wraps you in its steamy wet blanket. An oppressive tropical heat. It pretends to shield you while locking you inside a cocoon of sensory depravation. The kind of heat that enflames adulterers and...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Two

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Two

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Two I stood outside the privacy screen, aching for a cigarette one of the perimeter cops sucked on, ruminating on the sensory overload of an early Okinawan morning. My decade-old decision to quit smoking felt pointless....

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Three

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Three

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Three I drove back to Kadena and my empty house. Nansi and the kids were visiting her parents in Virginia. Our household goods were packed and gone. The furniture keeping me company included a tatami mat and two plastic chairs...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Four

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Four

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Four Two women were arguing in the yard of the Bennett home. I stopped my car a block down the street. It took a minute of spying to realize my mistake.  Lori Bennett leaned into the slightly taller and thinner character until...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Five

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Five

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Five Logan and Sharon Pasfield lived on a quiet, overly lit street on Kadena Air Base in the shoe buckle of Okinawa Jima, bounded by the Philippine Sea to the southeast and the East China Sea to the west. A slipper of...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Six

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Six

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Six Headlights pinged my radar through the study window. I froze in place, processing where I'd parked my car, how many lights I’d turned on while coming through the house and my limited skill in hand-to-hand combat. For a...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Seven

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Seven

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Seven My drive toward the empty house was crowded with short list items preventing me from boarding the plane. Roll up the tatami mat and sleeping bag, grab my duffel, do a hand-off with the First Shirt to keep Housing off my...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Eight

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Eight

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Eight Higa directed traffic with his service weapon. “So you killed the Captain and his lover, right, boy?” Jimmy implicated himself with a hangdog drape. “He deserved it.” “What are you doing here, Master Sergeant Higa?” I...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Nine

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Nine

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Nine Lori Bennett stepped through the door. I cringed, expecting a scolding over my misuse of the ornamental pillow. “Oh my God!” she screamed, running to the bedside and pushing me down. She kneeled, holding Jimmy’s head...

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Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Ten

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode Ten

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode Ten The airplane’s cabin provided a comfortable warmth I hadn’t expected.  My head reeled from a combination of fear, guilt, shame and confusion ignited by the past week’s interrogation. Numbness and tingling danced a...

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Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

"Desert Miles" Scene 1 A four-foot tall dust devil skipped across Main Street, stuttering for a moment between Miles Thurman and the Law. It bobbed and weaved with the expertise of a boxer. Juneau poked his damp nose at a loose candy wrapper caught in the whipping...

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Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point Five

Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point Five

"Desert Miles" Scene 1.5 Sheriff Mentz turned to grin at his new deputy. “Miles is planning a bed-and-breakfast out on the property where that kid got killed,” he said. “He thinks the Air Base is moving away. And a good chunk of Miles’s insurance business with it....

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