Saturday, May 15, 2010
Saturday Spotlight - DB Grady
Grady is a former paratrooper with U.S. Army Special Operations Command and is a veteran of Afghanistan.
When he’s hired by a bombshell heiress to check out a murder on Mars, it’s a chance for a new start. But as the case unfolds, he makes enemies of cops and gangsters alike in an investigation racing from stately mansions to smoke-filled speakeasies, from deserted ice colonies to mining towns on the asteroid belt.
All he wanted was a paycheck to clear some gambling debt. Now Michael is the key figure in a murder conspiracy that’s left a vacuum in the halls of power, with the labor union, mob and military vying for control of Mars.
So I pulled on a shirt that wasn’t very dirty, but smelled of Scotch and strippers, my signature cologne, and pressed the Answer button. A figure flickered on the telephone screen. The phone company only hired brunettes, because that’s what the owner liked to fool around with, and only hired men, for the same reason. She was neither, and carried her curves as if to prove the point.
“Mike speaking,” I said, fishing a lighter from my shirt pocket.
“Mike Sheppard, the private investigator?” she asked.
“That’s what they stenciled on my door,” I said, striking a Lucky, trying hard not to leer. Women like her didn’t call men like me for business and they certainly didn’t call for pleasure. She was either selling umbrellas or insurance; probably pretty good at it. I took a long drag. I bet she smelled great.
“My name is Sofia Reed.”
“I’m not interested in buying—”
“Do you still take cases?” she asked.
I sat up and ran a hand through my thinning hair, taming it. “Yes,” I said. “Yeah, all the time. You’re lucky you caught me. I was just—”
“I heard that you’re the best in the city. I need you.”
She must not have seen the news lately. “I need you, too,” I said. “I mean, yes, I’m the best in the city.”
“It’s about my father,” she said, her voice wavering. She blinked in hard repetition.
“Is he all right?” I asked.
“He’s dead,” she said.
He was still doing better than me. I nodded with empathy, and took an understanding drag on my cigarette. A teardrop rolled down her face, cutting a salty pink trail through her rouge-laden cheeks.
She continued. “You don’t recognize me, do you?”
I shook my head slowly and hunched into the telephone screen. I wouldn’t have forgotten her if I’d had a lobotomy. She had the kind of lips that could stop a prison riot.
“It happened three weeks ago. My father was the colonel on Mars who was murdered.” She dabbed an eye with a handkerchief. “Does any of this sound familiar?”
“I, well, no, I’ve been too busy, you know, with cases to follow the news.”
“I don’t expect Earth takes much interest in our affairs, anyway, with your war and all.”
It wasn’t that. I didn’t take interest in the war, either. “So your father was murdered and the police can’t solve the case?”
“The police aren’t trying,” she said. “They’re calling it suicide.”
Red Planet Noir is available for Kindle and in Print at Amazon and other online outlets as well as through your local independent book store.
D.B. Grady can be found on the Internet at http://www.dbgrady.com/ and reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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