On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Today, since it came up this week, let’s do Of Mutts And Men, a novel in the Chet and Bernie series (readable in any order!) now available in many formats – hard cover, paperback, digital, audio, large print.

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

Chasing down perps is what we do, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name. I’m Chet, pure and simple. When it comes to chasing down perps, rooftop chasing is what you might call a specialty within a specialty, if you see what I mean. And if you don’t then … then actually I’m right there with you. The point is that rooftop chases don’t happen often, so when they do you’ve got to enjoy them with all your heart. No problem. Enjoying with all my heart is one of my best things, right up there with leaping and grabbing perps by the pant leg.

There are two kinds of perps who get involved in rooftop chases. The first kind – and most perps are the first kind – realize pretty quick that it’s game over unless you’re up for doing something daring, and they’re all dared out by that time: you can see it in their eyes. The second kind of perp believes somewhere deep down that he can fly. What we had on this particular warehouse rooftop in the most rundown section of South Pedroia, which is the most rundown part of the whole Valley, was the second kind of perp.



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3 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:47 am on March 27th, 2022

    Good day to everyone!
    We love it when Chet almost has an “ah ha” moment. It brings a big smile to my face.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:02 am on March 27th, 2022


    I love Chet’s take on the second kind of perp. It always makes me chuckle.

    Good Sunday to all!

  3. B. Stover
    11:09 am on March 27th, 2022

    Good day to all.

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