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 a character in the Chet and Bernie novel I’m writing now (Bark To The Future, coming next summer) has just referred to “the aquifer case” let’s do Of Mutts And Men, the case that character was referring to. Of Mutts and Men is now available in paperback for those who like to wait for the pb editions.

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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8 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:08 am on September 12th, 2021


    “Bark To The Furture”…I love it!

    Make today awesome!

  2. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on September 12th, 2021

    I agree with Rose–that is a great title.

    Good day to all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    2:01 pm on September 12th, 2021

    Wait just a minute! We have three dog brains here and can’t come up with anything as clever as, “Bark to the Future”? Sheesh!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on September 12th, 2021

    Confused!…Back To the Future is taken (by many movies)…grunt!…I don’t think that will be the title of the new book. Unless I am sorely and utterly confused…wheeze!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on September 12th, 2021

    Okay!…I’ve put my glasses on and now I “get it”…grunt!…Bark not Back…heh!heh!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on September 12th, 2021

    Sniff!…I get it but I don’t really like it….bah! …It’s not very clever really…wuffle!

  7. Alice M. Johnson
    9:40 pm on September 12th, 2021

    What? Rio you don’t think that is clever. Hmmmm must be cat thing. I love it.

  8. mlaiuppa
    3:11 am on September 13th, 2021

    Yay. Already found it on amazon and have put it on my dog wishlist. My wishlist of all things dog, including books.

    I would make a Chet and Bernie list but I have them all.

    Eventually I’ll put it in my cart so I’ll be notified when I can pre-order it. The story line is interesting. Did someone have a major high school reunion lately? Or one coming up? (My 50th will be next year in August. Tell me Bark to the Future is coming out in August.)

    Next summer? SUMMER?!

    Do you need us to send you chocolate or caffeine or squeaky tennis balls to help you to write a bit faster than that?

    Do you realize how many books I am going to have to find to get me from October’s It’s a Wonderful Woof to summer of 2022’s Bark to the Future?

    Geez. I might have to stop and do housework.

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