The Curious Eat Themselves
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The Curious Eat Themselves finds P.I. Cecil Younger in a jam. Louise Root had hired him after she was raped at the Otter Creek gold mine where she was working as a cook. She was the best friend of his ex-girlfriend, Hannah. Louise had come to him for help and now she's being fished out of the ocean, her throat slashed. He has disappointed Hannah once again yet suddenly everyone wants Younger's help: his old friend, Doggy, the D.A.; his autistic roommate, Toddy, whose Labrador retriever has disappeared; an image-conscious environmental activist; even the sleazy executives of Global Mining, whose interest in the case is suspicious. This is no longer a simple investigation, but a complicated murder case involving Global's environmentally incorrect waste disposal program and the implications of dumping cyanide into the ground. Dead bodies are piling up faster than Younger can count and he has his hands full just trying to stay alive, tracking down the suspects and some missing documents which could lead to the truth.
smiled and shook his head tiredly. “I know. That is partly why we came to you.” Then he was down the stairs. Todd stood looking at me with a panicked expression on his face. Once the door was closed Todd spoke up. “Cecil, I think he may have misunderstood you. You forgot to tell him you were going out to the islands to find Nelson tomorrow.” I looked out the window and I could see the rain coming down hard but there was a lightness in the sky over the western islands. The storm was stalled off
Give them to Uncle Jack, or give them to the sisters out the road. Or, if you want …” “What I want,'''’ she snapped. “What I want … I don’t want to do anything with these clothes.” She looked up at me angrily. “They are all here. They hang in there like they want to come out, but I don’t want them to come out. I don’t want to touch them.” “I’ll take care of them.” “No you won’t! Just leave them.” She clenched her tiny hands into fists. She closed her eyes. “You just leave them. They’ll be all
there is nothing.” He set his napkin down and pushed his plate away. “Which brings me back to Mr. Altman’s big mistake and the problem I would like you to help me with.” He furrowed his brow in a calculated gesture. “I think Altman underestimated you and that was part of his mistake. We should have come to you first.” He turned and gestured with his chin and a man standing in the doorway came forward and handed him a file folder. He started to look at it, then set it in his lap. He looked at me
Elder will not have to worry about … legal questions.” “Why not just have him arrested? Get your boy George Doggy to fetch him.” “George is a good man, a damn good cop. But we can’t have Mr. Pick in the system. Lawyers and defense investigators would be too complex. Find Pick and this will all clear up.” He stood up and shook my hand, making it clear that I was to go. He lowered his voice for a friendly goodbye. “Then we can get back to work. Get our hands a little dirty but feel good after a
going to have to throw away and I took it from him to calm him down. Todd looked frightened when I came out of the front door with the black plastic bags covered with frost. He didn’t talk to me as I walked down the stairs and he didn’t ask about the parcels. We started walking up the road when Dickie Stein and Hannah drove up in Dickie’s rusted station wagon. Dickie had an open beer wedged in between his legs. He stuck his head out the window. “Jake’s been freaking out ‘bout when you were