In the small town of Tucker's Corner, Oregon, a bank manager is killed because he found some information about payoffs from Esteban Fernandez to a very high-level member of the United States Government. The banker had time to mail out three copies of this dangerous information before he died. He mailed a copy to himself. He mailed a copy to his ex-wife. And he mailed a copy to his old friend in the city...a man that has a security company that bears his name. The banker mailed the information to Jim Dandy Security.
Joey Justice, Misty Wilhite, Dexter Beck, and Percival "King Louie" Washington. Four people - friends and partners since college - that control the biggest security company in the city: Justice Security. They are hired by the promoter of a dog show, but the job seems to be much bigger and more dangerous than they expected. They are hired by the promoter of the Heavyweight Boxing Championship, which turns out to be the only championship fight in history without a challenger, thanks to the temper of one of Justice Security's partners.
David Rudolph and Jacky Baker are a couple of the best commercial fishermen around the Oregon coast. The two men get lucky and sign aboard the two-hundred-twenty-foot fishing vessel, the Edmund Fitzgerald II. Sailing with a crew of ten, the ship sails through radioactive waters in the Pacific that had been carried by currents from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. Using the latest and most sensitive Geiger counters available for underwater use, the captain of the Fitzgerald II is determined that his catch will be safe for human consumption.
Sardis County is a unique place, with colorful characters, and down-home attitudes. The county seat of Sardis County is the town of Perry, and it has all the usual things a small town can offer. A high school, town square, police station, and shops are all part of Perry, and the Sardis County Chamber of Commerce has come up with a slogan: "Sardis County - Where YOU Make the Magic!" But, there's something different about Sardis County. Something based in real magic...
Colonel Abernathy retired as a life-long bachelor. In this story, the good Colonel tells a tale only known by a precious few. The time of the story is World War II, and the Colonel is a young lieutenant stationed in North Africa, fighting Rommel's Desert Rats. He relates the story of the love of his life, and how his love connects him with the Library of Alexandria. The Colonel relates a story of love, loss, and great responsibility.
William Lewis is a literary agent. Over the years, he's been able to perform his duties in the small town of Perry, in Sardis County. As a literary agent, William has gone over many contracts in his time. He's signed off on them as a witness, and helped his clients get the best terms that he can. William is having lunch at Ethel's Diner in Perry when he's approached by Raymond Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth has a contract that he'd like William to look over and sign off on as a witness. William agrees to do so.
"Fun short story with a great twist"
Nicholas Turner was the youngest detective on the city's police force 12 years ago. His life fell apart after the miscarriage of his unborn child and the death of his wife. Uncontrolled drinking and a violent experience on the police force contributed to his life hitting rock bottom. Now, with the help of his best friend, FBI agent Marcus Moore, Nicholas is a successful private investigator, specializing in cases involving children. When he is hired by Meredith Richardson to find her kidnapped daughter, Nicholas receives help from an unlikely source....
Meet Colonel Quentin James Abernathy (Ret.), former member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Colonel Abernathy retired some years ago as a bachelor, and now lives off his pension and his family’s fortune. He is quite old, and belongs to a stately London gentleman’s club. In "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", Colonel Abernathy tells a tale to a club acquaintance – a tale of 1950s British Guyana in South America, and the Colonel’s encounter with a lion.
But this is no ordinary lion. This lion has been extinct for 10,000 years!
Paul Stiles is spending his Saturday morning mowing his lawn, when his next door neighbor dies a peculiar and spectacular death on Paul’s front lawn. Paul knows something terrifying is happening, but he doesn’t realize that it’s the beginning of a war of survival for humanity. Islamic terrorists have paid rogue Russian scientists to create a plague of genetically created "bugs", and have turned them loose on the free world, intending to kill the "infidels" of the world.
Jacqueline Belew has a secret. Jackie is foster mom to five special needs children. That isn't her secret. Jackie loves these children very, very much. That isn't her secret. Jackie's nickname is Jackie Blue, given to her by the children. That isn't her secret, either.
Several gruesome murders have taken place in Bohemian Village, the arty part of the city. Each victim was male, and had been last seen dancing in various nightclubs in the Village. Detective John Yates and Detective James William "Jim Bill" Coleman are assigned to stake out one of these nightclubs looking for whoever is behind the "Dance Murders". But, the situation becomes complicated when Detective Yates becomes obsessed with a very beautiful girl he sees in the club. No one knows who she is.
On a gorgeous spring day, the partners of Justice Security choose to have their annual partner meeting as a picnic in the city park. Joey Justice, Percival "King Louie" Washington, and Dexter and Megan Beck arrive at the park early to find a nice picnic spot, as Misty Wilhite and Jessica Queen are shopping for picnic supplies. The four in the park find unexpected trouble when they are ambushed by a group of killers. Questions are going through the minds of Joey and his partners. Who are these people? Why are they trying to kill the partners?
Megan Beck has been asked to perform a highly top-secret job for Justice Security, assigned by their FBI liaison, Marcus Moore. Megan is given sparse instructions on what she is to do, but no information about why she’s doing this particular job, or who the target might be. The job, unfortunately, has to be done on the night of her husband’s birthday. Dexter is understanding, but disappointed. Dexter had planned to celebrate with her and his brother that night. Facing disappointment at missing Dexter’s first birthday since they were married, Megan stoically performs the top secret job.
Two California girls agree to a camping trip with a boy they met in a bar. The boy has a special talent…and the girls’ life expectancy has grown short. This unsettling story by T. M. Bilderback asks…What is the spooky secret of…"Gold"?
It’s Christmas Eve in the city. Dexter Beck, his wife Megan, and Percival “King Louie” Washington are driving to a special Christmas Eve function. Louie and Dexter share with Megan a story of another Christmas Eve in the early days of Justice Security, when the fledgling company is providing security for the band, Omega. Omega is in town to perform at a special Christmas Eve charity concert.Louie and Dexter are driving the drummer, Gil Mullins, to the concert, when the worst blizzard ever to hit the city forces them to abandon their car and take refuge inside St. Francis Catholic Church.
The newest, hottest nightclub in the city has hired Justice Security to protect its patrons from danger. Each night that the club is open, it has a rotating force of four grunts and two plainclothes personnel circulating through the paying customers, just as the manager has asked Justice Security to do. Tonight, Joey Justice and Misty Wilhite have turned up in the rotation, along with up-and-comers Brandon King and Patty Ferguson. As Joey and Misty arrive, Joey goes inside, and Misty returns to the car for a forgotten item.
They're called the "grunts" - the uniformed officers of Justice Security. They don't have the cushy, highly publicized jobs held by the plainclothes members of the company - they're the people that appear in the background every day at banks, office buildings, and retail establishments, providing a secure environment for customers and workers. Gus Brazzle is one of those grunts. His assignment is a store that deals in used books, music, and movies. Gus has become quite close to the employees of the store, and thinks of them as his family.