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Chetspeak on Sunday

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March 19th, 2017 Posted 9:13 am

Bernie reached out again and … oh, no: gave Napoleon a pat? All that did was make Napoleon growl. A pleasant development, and just in time to stop me from pushing in between. And then Napoleon made an up-from-under head twisting motion and I realized he wanted … more.

“Ooomph,” said Bernie. “Easy there, big guy. Sit down for a minute.”

I sat down, if sitting down could include butt not actually in contact with ground. As for how much time a minute was, my impression had always been hardly any at all.

“Chet! We’re working here.”

This was work? The case had something to do with Bernie patting Napoleon? I wasn’t seeing that, not the least little bit. But it was the kind of thing Bernie would know. I sat back down, my butt practically grazing the ground.

– from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY.

RIP: Chuck Berry

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Chetspeak on Sunday

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March 12th, 2017 Posted 8:59 am

“That left a bad taste in my mouth,” Bernie said. “How about a little spin?”

What was this? Bernie had a bad taste in his mouth? I felt sorry for him. At the same time, I let my tongue roam around my own mouth and what do you know? Up in the roof part, hidden away in one of those hard ridges? Yes! A Cheeto! Not a whole Cheeto, but pretty close. I nudged it loose with the tip of my tongue and made quick work of it. Riding shotgun in the Porsche, Cheetos practically falling from the sky: we were cooking.

– from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY.

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Chetspeak on Sunday

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January 29th, 2017 Posted 8:52 am

The wiry dude squinted down at Bernie. Then he laughed. “You’re not from around here.”

“True,” said Bernie.

“Where you from?”

“Arizona.”

Ha! We were from Arizona? I’d wondered about that.

– from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY.

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What’s In A Name?

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January 17th, 2017 Posted 8:44 am

Mrs. Publicist: Past time for What’s In a Name, but we’ve been pushed around by the calendar.

Spencer Quinn: Love’s not time’s fool, but publishing most certainly is.

Mrs. P: Huh?

SQ: Not important. How about we look at the Boutette Brothers from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY?

Mrs. P: Frenchie Boutette is the one who hires Chet and Bernie, starts the whole ball rolling.

SQ: But his real name’s not Frenchie. As he explains, “Just my nickname out here in the west on account of coming from Louisiana and all.” His real name is Baron, and he has two equally shady brothers named Duke and Lord. There’s something aspirational going on there, crazily and unreachably aspirational, that I thought fit the setting quite well.

Mrs. P: Meaning Louisiana?

SQ: More like the feeling of Louisiana, the living myth.

Mrs. P: But there’s also a fourth brother.

SQ: Ralph. Can’t say much here without spoilers, but Ralph is very different from the others. The name is very vanilla, as though the parents had given up on aspiration by the time he came around – or somehow realized this one wasn’t going to need the boost.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence. See you February fifteenth for another edition of What’s In A Name!

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