web-banner-add-vertical-01c{ I have many ideas for detective Romeo Jones, not the least of which are being worked out in Blood Ties Die. But, like any good character, Rome has a past, a history. His most recent past, prior to coming back to his home town of Trinity, was as a Deputy United States Marshal, a fugitive hunter. Here’s the beginning of one of his “Marshal stories,” perhaps to be developed into a short story. Enjoy. Usual caveats about spelling apply. }

© 2015-16 Craig S. Hartranft

Looking past the woman, who was trying to stuff her sheer white blouse into a very tight denim skirt while rocking back and forth on high heels, Jones saw his partner, Harry Anderson, passed out in the bedroom.

“How much does he owe you?” Jones asked pulling some wrinkled bills from a pocket of his faded Wranglers.

“What? You think I’m a hooker?” she said teetering on Stuart Weitzman knock-offs.

“What would you rather be called? Whore or prostitute?”

“How about school teacher? Jerk.”

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