Sure, Ron Green had made a mistake, but it wasn't one that millions of other guys hadn't made before him. And maybe he deserved some sort of punishment, like his wife leaving him or his kids hating his guts. But this? Being the main suspect in a single murder was bad enough, but at the same time knowing he was a potential victim of a serial killer was even worse. However, before Green could convince the cops of his innocence, he first had to convince them the serial killer actually existed, and at the moment they weren't believing a thing he said.
“Tell me one thing, though. Am I officially a suspect?”
“They didn’t charge you and lock you up. But like I keep telling you, it’s early yet. As far as I could tell, yeah, they’re looking at you. There’s one tone with questioning witnesses and another with people they’re actually focusing on.”
“Yes?” So far, Ron hadn’t taken a single bite out of his chicken sandwich and had only idly toyed with the fries.
“More than likely, if you haven’t done anything, you’ll be okay.”
“Let me finish. You’ll more than likely be okay. But if it gets bad, and I mean really bad, then we’ll have to call someone else in.”
“Why? You’re a criminal lawyer, right?”
“I am. But something like this is way out of my league. If it would happen to get as far as a courtroom, we’ll have to call in a bigger gun.”
“Someone else from your firm?”
“Maybe, but I’d actually feel better with a few names I can think of on the outside.”
Ron had thought, over the last twenty-four hours, his stomach couldn’t lurch any more. Now, the thought of mounting, and major, legal bills facing him down, at the same time as dissension with his wife and children, made him want to go in a corner somewhere and curl up into a ball.
And the worst part was, he had absolutely no idea how long all this hell was going to last.
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A retired high-school teacher and former college instructor, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written four crime thrillers including The Group and The Anchor, and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel. The fourth Sam Quinton book, Clean Win, was released in March of 2023.
Web site: kevindoylefiction.com