Authors: Mallory Monroe
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THE SINATRAS OF JERICHO COUNTY
SERIES IN ORDER:
BIG DADDY SINATRA
THERE WAS A RUTHLESS MAN
BIG DADDY SINATRA 2
IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU
BIG DADDY SINATRA 3
THE BEST OF MY LOVE
THE PRESIDENT’S GIRLFRIEND
SERIES IN ORDER:
THE PRESIDENT’S GIRLFRIEND
THE PRESIDENT’S GIRLFRIEND 2:
HIS WOMEN AND HIS WIFE
DUTCH AND GINA:
A SCANDAL IS BORN
DUTCH AND GINA:
AFTER THE FALL
DUTCH AND GINA:
THE POWER OF LOVE
DUTCH AND GINA:
THE SINS OF THE FATHERS
DUTCH AND GINA:
WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE
FOR THE LOVE OF GINA
THE MOB BOSS SERIES
ROMANCING THE MOB BOSS
MOB BOSS 2:
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
MOB BOSS 3:
LOVE AND RETRIBUTION
MOB BOSS 4:
ROMANCING TRINA GABRINI
A MOB BOSS CHRISTMAS:
(Mob Boss 5)
MOB BOSS 6:
THE HEART OF RENO GABRINI
A MAN IN FULL
RENO AND TRINA:
GETTING BACK TO LOVE
RENO AND SON:
DON’T MESS WITH JIM
MOB BOSS ELEVEN
THE WRONG ONE
RENO AND TRINA
IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE
THE GABRINI MEN SERIES
ROMANCING TOMMY GABRINI
ROMANCING SAL GABRINI
TOMMY GABRINI 2:
A PLACE IN HIS HEART
SAL GABRINI 2:
A WOMAN’S TOUCH
TOMMY GABRINI 3:
GRACE UNDER FIRE
SAL GABRINI 3:
SAL GABRINI 4:
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE
TOMMY GABRINI 4:
DAPPER TOM BEGIN AGAIN
UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME
FROM MALLORY MONROE:
DANIEL’S GIRL (ROMANCING AN OLDER MAN)
ROMANCING MO RYAN
ROMANCING HER PROTECTOR
ROMANCING THE BULLDOG
LOVERS AND TAKERS
LOVING HER SOUL MATE
LOVING THE HEAD MAN
SOME CAME DESPERATE:
A LOVE SAGA
A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
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April 27, 2015
Early Monday Morning
The patrol car sped through the streets of Jericho and blew
through yet another red light on its way to a disturbance call.
Noise had been heard in a motel room, a guest
complained, so the manager called it in.
“Guy beat up girl, what else?” Westin, the patrolman on the
passenger seat, predicted.
“If you weren’t as lazy as you most certainly are and
actually got to know this particular neighborhood,” said Belcher, the older cop
and the driver, “then you wouldn’t think to say something like that.”
“So a guy can’t beat up a girl in this neighborhood?
Is that what you want me to believe?
What’s so special about this neighborhood?”
“Nothing,” Belcher responded.
“That’s the point.
But what fun
is a guy beating up a girl?
How about a
guy beating on a trick and the trick beating him back?
Or a guy beating up a drag queen he didn’t
know was in drag?
Now I’d love to see
that particular disturbance.”
Westin laughed, and then added his two cents.
“How about this,” he said.
“Guy’s wife shows up and beat the crap out of
him and the fairy, then the fairy beat the crap out of the wife.
Now that would be a joy to see.”
Belcher laughed and blew through yet another red light, and
then hung a hard left, as their patrol car headed for the scene.
When they arrived at what the locals called the
motel but was officially
called the Super Fin, another patrol car had just driven up too and Eddie
Rivers, their captain, was stepping out.
Belcher’s cheerfulness left and a look of disdain appeared on
his round face.
How could he beat us here?” He
pulled up alongside the captain’s car.
“Somebody always beat us to the show,” Westin replied,
“It’s like he doesn’t trust us to handle calls anymore.”
“It’s because you take too long,” Westin complained.
“If you didn’t drive like some old lady we
wouldn’t always be number two.
We’re back-up again.
“Just come on,” Belcher said frustratingly as they unbuckled
and began getting out.
Captain Eddie Rivers, a tall black man with a friendly,
handsome face, smiled as he watched his subordinates get out of their patrol
As the result of too many citizen
complaints, Belcher and Westin were among a handful of beat cops on the
Department’s Watch List.
know it, but their every move was being carefully scrutinized.
“Hey, Cap,” Belcher said as he and his partner stepped out.
“You’re back-up again I see,” Eddie said with a grin.
“I’m going to have to conduct a formal
inquiry into what the problem could possibly be.
You guys haven’t been number one all year.”
“We were across town,”
“You’re always across town.
Or just sitting down to eat.
just getting up from eating.
You’ll never advance with so many excuses,
“Yes, sir,” Belcher said, although he wanted to roll his eyes
and give that asshole Eddie Rivers a piece of his mind.
But Eddie outranked him.
Eddie was the second highest ranked cop on
the entire Force.
“We need to talk to
the manager,” Belcher said instead, as if he was the one in charge.
“He called in the complaint.
We need to get his story and get the
“Let’s nothing,” Eddie said, stopping them.
“You two wait out here in case something goes
That’s what happens to slow-ass
patrolmen who never get to the scene on time.
That’s what back-ups do
talk to the manager.”
Eddie headed into the shabby lobby of the shabby motel.
Belcher looked at Westin and shook his head.
“What an asshole,” he said.
When Eddie came back out of the lobby, all three officers
made their way to the side of the motel, to a room with a view: a view of the
The room also had another
advantage: the door was slightly ajar.
“Bingo,” Eddie said.
Because they now had probable cause.
Instead of announcing who they were, they could now push the door open
since, technically, it was already open.
Eddie nodded to his backup, both patrolmen pulled out their weapons, and
Eddie pushed the door until it was wide open.
First they saw the blood.
Given their training, their eyes followed the blood.
It led to the middle of the room, to a body
lying in a prone position: male, white, covered in blood.
And then they saw a child, male, who couldn’t be more than
ten or eleven, sitting on the floor beside the body with a big butcher’s knife
in his hand.
The knife dripped fresh
At first they thought he was a
But when he looked up, they
realized he was just as white as he was black.
A biracial kid.
Piercing green eyes.
But Westin didn’t see some innocent kid.
He didn’t see some familiar kid either.
He saw a perp.
He saw a dangerous thug.
He nervously aimed his gun at the child as if
the child was his mortal enemy.
the weapon now or you’re a dead motherfucker!” he yelled.
Eddie couldn’t believe it.
He grabbed his patrolman by the catch of his collar and slammed him
against the door.
“He’s a kid, you
What are you talking
You gonna shoot a kid?”
“He killed that man,” Westin blared back.
“He’s a killer, Cap!”
Eddie was angry.
Because this was the problem with these yahoos on the Force.
They leaped to conclusions based on too
little information and worried about the consequences later.
If their asses were this nervous they
shouldn’t be cops.
“Holster that weapon
and holster it now,” Eddie ordered.
It was obvious that Westin didn’t agree with that order, but
he holstered his weapon.
“Get outside and call for an ambulance,” Eddie said to Westin
as he released him from his grasp.
“And get the Techs out here too.
Stay outside until they arrive.
We don’t want to rile the kid any more than
you already have.”
left the room.
Eddie then looked at the young boy.
“Drop the knife, son,” he said, his voice far
calmer than the one he had just used with Westin.
“We aren’t going to hurt you.
We will not harm you, I promise.
But I need you to put that knife down.”
As if it was a sign of surrender, the knife simply fell from
the boy’s small hand and onto the bloodstained carpet.
Eddie then nodded to Belcher.
Belcher holstered his weapon and carefully
moved around the body and the knife, to preserve as much of the crime scene
evidence as he possibly could, and then made his way up to the youngster.
“What’s your name?” Eddie asked the child as Belcher
But the boy said
He looked away from Eddie, and
back at that dead body.
Belcher put on a pair of his standard-issue crime scene
He leaned over, put two fingers
against the man’s neck, to check for a pulse.
He looked back up at Eddie and shook his head.
Then he stood the child up by the catch of
his arm, without the child resisting, and began to pat him down.
“Are you from around here, son?” Eddie asked as Belcher
continued to frisk the suspect.
folks live in Jericho?”
Belcher felt a piece of paper in the pocket of the jeans the
He pulled out the paper.
“What happened here?” Eddie asked the child, but the child
“Do you know the
guy on the floor?
Do you know who did
this to him?”
Belcher opened the carefully folded piece of paper from the
As soon as he saw what was
written on it, his mouth gaped open.
Then he looked at his captain with shock on his face.
“What?” Eddie asked.
“What is it?”
Belcher, still holding onto the child’s arm, pulled the child
along as he made his way over to his captain.
Then he handed him the piece of paper.
Eddie looked at the paper.
And was floored too.
only a scribbled name on the sheet.
But it was the name itself that
Brent Sinatra, Jr.
And that was when it all clicked.
That was why that child looked so familiar to
It wasn’t because they’d seen him
around town as they had assumed was the reason.
It was because he was the spitting image of their boss.
He was the spitting image of Chief of Police
Belcher, who was still shocked, stared at the dead body, and
then looked at the boy.
that paper in this kid’s pocket wanted us to know who he belonged to.”
Belcher looked at his superior.
“This is bad, Cap, isn’t it?”
“A boy who could very well be the chief’s son was just found
sitting beside a dead body with what appears to be the murder weapon in his
I’d say that’s bad.”
“What are we going to do?”
“You and Bonnie Fife out there are going to stay here and
wait for the Evidence Techs to process the scene.
I’ll call Robbery/Homicide and get a
detective out here to supervise.
take the kid downtown.”
“You gonna call the chief?”
Eddie looked at Belcher.
“Who else is going to do it?
Eddie looked at the dead
body, and then the kid again.
to be the one to tell the chief.”
Belcher shook his head.
“God help you,” he said.
ain’t gonna like this.”
“Tell me something I
don’t already know,” Eddie said with bite in his voice.
Then he placed his arm across the kid’s
shoulder, and tried to smile at him.
the kid missed it.
He was too busy
looking at that bloody body.