Excerpt from ‘Execution In The Bayou’


Captain Spade thought catching up over a nice lunch at Joe’s was perfect. They have a great buffet for the lunch crowd and there are a couple of quiet tables in the back. He had gotten there a bit early so he could pick a good spot. “Hey Jerry, it’s been awhile since we had a chance to just catch up on things. How have you been doing?”

“Not too bad John, how have you been? I hear you and the family had a big picnic last weekend up at the park. Must have been nice to have your kids home from school at the same time. That seems to become a rare treat as they grow up huh?” Spade has a daughter and a son both in college. They rarely get to be home at the same time unless it’s the Holidays.

“Yes, it sure was nice to have the whole family together for the weekend. The house gets awfully quiet with just the two of us. Is Jenna still in New Orleans?”

“Yep, she’s a Sophomore now. She is mainly taking general classes she’s not convinced Business is the route she wants to take. I told her she needs a more specialized degree. So, what’s this lunch meeting about? I know you and it isn’t like you to call out of the blue and just want to catch up over small talk.”

“You always have gotten right to the point haven’t ya? I wanted to sit down and let you know I’m concerned about these murders in our quiet little town. I don’t have a lot of good friends left in the area from our school days and well, you’re one of them, I just want to make sure you’re ok.”

“I’m fine John, sure these deaths are concerning, it’s weird they are all close to our age and living in the same town, but I’m not worried about me. I haven’t talked to Jenkins in over a year and Sarah Watkins, I did some work on her car a few months back but that’s the extent of our relationship. Mike and I go way back, but I haven’t even talked to him in several weeks, been pretty busy at the shop.”

“Alright Jerry, but are you sure there isn’t anything you want to talk about? I have my best detectives on this case and your name did come up when they started digging around about these three.”

” What do you mean? You think I’m connected to all this somehow? Come out with it already! Just what do you think I’m involved in? You think I had something to do with this? Jeez Spade, I thought we were better friends than that!”

“Calm down, I am not accusing you of anything, I’m concerned about the connection we found between all of them and you. It’s possible you could be in danger. Have you ever heard of the company Vitron Builders?”

“Sure, but what does Vitron have to do with your case?”

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