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September 16th, 2021 Posted 1:15 pm

“No phone, no computer, no gun,” Bernie said. “It’s like the dog that didn’t bark.”

After that he took the photo off the wall and the sheet of paper off the desk and we headed downstairs. He might have done a few other things but I was too distracted to notice. The dog that didn’t bark? What did that even mean? We bark, period. We can bark all day and all night for any reason or for no reason at all. Was Bernie under some sort of strain? I gave him a close look.

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September 13th, 2021 Posted 8:43 am

“Ha!” Bernie said at last, and he put on the party hat.

The woman laughed. “There we go,” she said. “Isn’t laughter the best medicine?” She gave Bernie what I believe is called a quick up from under look. “Or at least second,” she added.

Now a new scent started to come off Bernie. Did I make it clear he’s helpless around a certain kind of woman?

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September 7th, 2021 Posted 7:59 am

Bernie shot Victor a sideways glance. “So what are you doing in a place like this with a guy like that?”

“Like I said, I’m branching out. I was planning on bringing him in. There’s a ten thousand dollar reward from the state Longhauler’s Association. Nothing to sneeze at.”

And sure enough neither of them sneezed. It turned out I was following this back and forth rather well, a bit of a surprise.

“You were planning to bring him in without cuffs?”

“I confess it slipped my mind.” Victor lowered his voice. “But I’m armed, Bernie.”

“Oh?”

Victor shifted slightly, a movement that made him groan. “Stupid thing got stuck in my back pocket. That’s when the situation began to deteriorate.”

“You have a firearm stuck in your back pocket?”

“Duly licensed.”

“Is the safety on?”

“You push it forward for that? Or is it the other way?”

“How did you get into this business?” Bernie said.

“I’m a researcher par excellence,” said Victor. “It seemed like a logical extension.”

“Roll over,” Bernie told him. “Slow and easy.”

“Huh? What are you trying to do?”

“Clear that weapon from your pocket without killing anyone,” Bernie said.

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August 28th, 2021 Posted 8:13 am

I liked almost every human I’d ever met – even the perps and gangbangers – but I’d never want to trade places with any of them. Well, maybe Bernie. Because … because then I’d have me to hang out with! A rather confusing thought.

(from Tender Is The Bite, the most recent novel in the Chet and Bernie series – readable in any order!)

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