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St. Augustine was billed as the oldest city in America, the very spot where Ponce de León landed and began exploring. Long on history and heavy on tourism, it was a lovely town with historic buildings and thick Spanish moss dripping from…
“When do we get his name?” Hugo asked. “You’re assuming it’s a male.” “We’re not assuming anything.” “That’s a good way to start.” === “So, your story involves organized criminals, Indians who own casinos, and a crooked judge, all in bed…
There was once a Dixie Mafia, a Redneck Mafia, a Texas Mafia, all similar gangs of thugs. It looks like most of them were long on legend and short on criminal efficiency. Just a bunch of Bubbas who liked to sell whiskey and break legs. Not…
“Where’s the corruption?” Lacy asked. “Everywhere…” === We are dealing with sophisticated crooks who have excellent lawyers. === Xxyyzz sold her soul to the devil to get elected and she’s been getting paid ever since. === In America,…
Only California had more men on death row than Florida. Texas was a close third, but since it was more focused on keeping its numbers down its population was around 330, give or take. California, with little interest in executing people,…
When a Tappacola turns eighteen, he or she qualifies for a lifetime pension of $5,000 a month, and that might go up. It’s called the dividend. Even me, sitting here on death row, I’m collecting the dividends. === Every Tappacola gets free…
Bribes really weren’t necessary in their part of the country. Take any form of growth, from high-end gated communities to low-end shopping centers, fix up a slick brochure filled with half-truths, label it “economic development” with the…
The truth was that, at the age of thirty-six, Lacy was content to live alone, to sleep in the center of the bed, to clean up only after herself, to make and spend her own money, to come and go as she pleased, to pursue her career without…
“Native American” is a politically correct creation of clueless white people who feel better using it, when in reality the Native Americans refer to themselves as Indians and snicker at those of us who don’t, but I digress). === BJC was…
“If life is more prosperous, why aren’t there more children?” “Stupidity. The council is dominated by idiots and they make bad rules. When a woman turns eighteen, she is entitled to the monthly check, which has been $5,000 for many years…
In case you don’t know, there’s virtually no security with private jet travel. No scanners for bags or body searches. I guess the smart guys at Homeland Security figure rich people have little interest in blowing up their own jets en…
When he was down he never stopped betting on a brighter future, and when he was up he choked on the money and forgot about the bad times. === “Why? Hugo wouldn’t know if you showed up or not. Funerals are such a waste of time. Nothing but…
I don’t want to be your partner, but in many respects we are joined at the hip. If there’s a leak in the dike, I need to know it. === He’s got a wife and three kids and his life is pretty good, even without his cute little constable’s…
He’d been around, had long hair, hard features, and a full collection of cheap prison tattoos. === A murderer, yes, but a small fish as far as we’re concerned. === We never forget that we were twenty-four hours late at 9/11. === “There are…
“That’s incredible.” “Indeed it is. The technology is changing rapidly, and we think that within two years detectives at the crime scene will be able to check blood and semen with a handheld device. It’s called DNA testing on a…
“There’s no such thing as complete trust, Judge. And it’s often the one you trust the most who’ll cut your throat for the right price.” “You should know about these things.” “Damned right I do. Keep an eye on her, okay? Trust no one.” “I…
He was a good lawyer who could have been much better if he had stayed away from the dark side. He loved to handle sleazy divorces and criminal cases that involved drug dealers and bikers. He hung out with shadier men who ran strip clubs…
“So you shoot first and ask questions later,” Lacy said. “Something like that. And keep in mind, we can always amend an indictment. We can always add or dismiss defendants. It’s a massive investigation and it’ll take a long time to sort…
The conspiracy was destroyed. The syndicate was busted. The corruption was exposed. The criminals were in jail. The notion of justice was alive. === He would reach back to the beginning of each business and company and reconstruct…
The casino never closed, not even on Christmas Day, and its slowest hour was 5:00 a.m. At that time every day, armed guards collected the cash boxes, put them on a cart, and replaced them with empty boxes. They were taken to a fortified…