Surveillance Pelicana Chapter Twenty-Six: ‘Moriarty on a Hot Tin Roof’

SURVEILLANCE PELICANA

BY

DAN WEISMAN

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CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Tyger investigates a prisoner in

Picayune, Mississippi; as well as the strange behavior of

indigenous yahoos. Then, Tyger links up with Joe and Lana on a

complicated Vietnam style mission near Hammond in pursuit of

Joe’s evil arch enemy Bingo LeBeouf. Following the case, the

three share thoughts at the Lamplighter Lounge. Joe contemplates

retirement.

 

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“MORIARTY ON A HOT TIN ROOF”

 

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So hot and yet so not, the merry merry month of July this

way flies. Tyger picks up the black box system at the West Bank

and tackles yet another assignment in the wilds of Yahooland.

This fine time the fun location is just over the Mississippi

border at Picayune, a place that is booooring, to say the least.

But as they say in the Magnolia State, thank God for Lousyiana-

Arkansas or we would be the worst.

Oh well, what the hell, it’s an attitude as they say in the

modeling biz. In this case Tyger models the latest in

Fine

surveillance gear, courtesy of IRS Inc., insurance

claims investigations, home of the super sleuth line of discovery

wear.

(Sandy Alexander has even printed up an impressive batch of

Tyger Williams “Claims Investigator” business cards for the lad to

flash about town, mainly outside nightclubs attempting to

impress.)

 

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William R. Robertson is the subject d’jour, a white male, 35

years old, 5’8″, 230 pounds. Yep, surveillance fans, another real

porker.

This corker is between a rock and a hard place so to speak.

Can of investigative corn waiting to be popped open,

Robertson currently resides at the Picayune Hilton, otherwise

known as the city prison. He is incarcerated for skipping bail on

outstanding warrants, reckless driving, and vagrancy, among a

multitude of sleazoid charges, municipal court records show.

Outstanding citizen, our Mr. Robertson. It seems that good

sir insurance claimant was arrested while “lying passed out,” at

Bob’s Quick Stop along Highway 43,

the main avenue linking

greater Picayune with Interstate 59.

“Robertson exhibited slurred speech and alcohol on his

breath when woken by Officer Brenda Jones next to a trash

receptacle. He walked in a staggering manner, and was unable to

pass a breathalizer test as administered by the arresting

officer.”

Picayune must be a tough town. Pedestrians get arrested

for drunken ambling.

obertson apparently is a well known local

miscreant. He has a rap sheet longer than Jose Canseco, Richard

Nixon, and Zsa Zsa Gabor combined.

It is a rather impressive document a shade shorter

 

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than Remembrance of Things Past. Shooting Robertson’s activity

poses an interesting quadratic equation

with a simple, yet elegant solution as a mathematician might remark.

All Tyger has to do is set up the black box system

outside the prison exercise yard and wait for Robertson,

along with the other prisoners,

to take their court mandated recreational break.

What’s more, a basketball rim is set up.

With any luck, Jefferson might shoot a few hoops

while the camera’s eye shoots him.

Now that, comrades, is a true sporting surveillance assignment.

It just seems to get easier from that point, perhaps too easy.

The back service area of a small shopping center

directly faces the high chain-link fence

topped by barbed wire completely surrounding the bite-sized jailhouse asphalt yard.

The shopping center is asphalt as well.

The only difference between the two seems to be that one area is closed in

while the other is open aired.

Then again, maybe the two are more similar than first appreciated.

Tyger sets up the system with a clear wide

angle shot of the prison yard, then enters the police station

to check on the prisoner’s status.

Simple request, right? Wrong, redneck breath.

What do you know, takes 20 minutes to find anyone

willing to talk to an insurance investigator.

All the local cops are stuffing their faces with donuts and coffee.

 

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Tyger finally finds an officer responsible for prison

supervision who confirms Robertson’s presence. “Y’all after his

ass for insurance fraud, too, huh?” he asks.

“No sir,” Tyger replies “We are simply trying to determine

the validity of his claim. We make no assumptions prior to an

investigation.”

“Yeah, well I’m sure Billy Ray is as clean as the driven

snow. Hahaha. One our real upstanding citizens. Spends a

lot of time with us, so we have the opportunity to commingle

with his particular brand of inspiration.

We got a real quiet town here unlike that place you’re

from. Wouldn’t have much to do without fun-loving boys like

Billy Ray Robertson. No sir. He keeps our lil’ old Picayune

Hilton stocked with live bait customers.”

Surprisingly, the police lieutenant displays a certain

subtle truth in his last comments. The inmates at Picayune

Municipal Prison not only have the great privilege of serving

time at such a great sorta state of the art facility, but also the

responsibility of paying for it.

Courts charge them $50 a day for room — a small bunk in a

15×15-foot double occupancy cell; and board — don’t ask.

Nice deal.

 

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Tyger makes himself scarce with a comprehensive tour of the

greater Picayune metropolitan area after confirming the temporary

residential status of the sub. The walkabout takes about 10

minutes as the Highway 43 loop quickly swallows itself leaving

Tyger at the dead road where he began.

Apparently, the whole megalopolis of 4,000 citizens revolves

around the city jail like spokes on a wheel of misfortune. No

need for Cerberus here. Tyger has seen all the sights like

the Ouick Stop, McDonald’s, Shell Station, and a few other small

mom-and-pop establishments.

Not to sell the place too short, there is one semi-hip

street by the A&P Supermarket and Woolworth’s surveillance system

center that contains a small country cafe, stationary shop,

antique store, and bookstore among more approachable commercial

locations.

Tyger hangs out at the arts and crafts district

of Picayune waiting for the black box to clean up Robertson

related business. He saunters on over to the Bluebird Cafe,

decorated appropriately enough with a painting of two bluebirds —

ahh, necking, how romantic — on the front glass window.

Investigator at rest grabs a cup of coffee at the

Bluebird, followed by another and another and another until the

regular coffee klutz crowd of retired citizens becomes curious.

Not in the mood for idle chatter, Tyger departs at that precise

 

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moment for the next venue.

Let’s see. Where shall Tyger go with choices so mindless. It

is a no-brainer alright. He flips the two headed coin and it

comes up, surprise surprise, heads. Guess that means the

antique store.

No sale. The antique store fronted by an equally antique

elderly man has nothing to offer. Tyger wastes about two minutes

there looking over an old wood chair. What is it you say sir?

Pinewood? That’s nice.

Then, Tyger walks to the bookstore perchance to find himself

some of that-thar-book-learning. Large cardboard boxes filled

with books line the walls. “Make yourself at

home sir,” the 40ish woman with bobbed

black hair and black framed glasses tells the seeker of truth as

Tyger rummages through a particularly filled to the brim with

books box.

“You are in luck today. We just received a new shipment, and

they usually sell like hotcakes around here. You are the early

bookworm I see and have beaten the usual book crowd. Let me know

if I can help you.”

Tyger looks through the boxes, one after another, picking

out a few books that look interesting, mainly paperback versions

of Shakespeare plays.

 

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He takes the Tempest, Hamlet, Othello, and Merchant of

Venice, all small brightly colored volumes from a collegiate

series of some sort. They might be good buys, Tyger reasons,

since it would be nice to have them available for future

reference.

Approaching the woman, Tyger inquires, “How much do these

cost?” “What do you mean sir?” she replies confusing Tyger

greatly.

“What do you mean what do I mean? This is a bookstore,

right? You sell books, right?” “Yes sir, but we don’t sell them

individually. We sell them by the box.”

“By the box?” Tyger asks incredulously as he looks again

through one of the cardboard containers filled with all sorts of

ridiculously banal titles, mainly romance novels. “By the box? I

just want to buy these four books. Not a box. I never heard of

such a thing.”

“Yes sir,” the woman replies testily. “We are a wholesale

bookstore catering to the retail trade. They come in here and buy

the entire contents of the box and re-sell the books later .”

“You’re telling me I can’t buy just these four books,”

Tyger says, “but if I put them in a box and buy the whole box,

that would be O.K.?”

“That’s right. Five dollars for that box.”

“And how did you determine that price?”

“We charge by the poundage.

 

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The more a box weighs the more it costs. That one is a

$5 box.”

“And it doesn’t matter what is in it? It’s still $5?”

“That is correct, sir. If you want an individual book you should go to a

bookstore. There is a very fine one at the county seat in

Poplarville.”

“I don’t think I am going to Poplarville today.”

“Oh well. Do you want the box then?”

“I think I’ll pass. I don’t have room

in my car right now ·for a box of books. Thanks anyway.”

Welcome to the cultural mecca that is Pearl River County,

Mississippi. Book ’em by the box, Danno.

Tyger wraps up the details of investigation and drops the tape

off at Dorothy’s house. Poopsie slurps at his heels. “Come on

Poopsie, be a good girl now,” Dorothy orders the pink ribbon

poodle, not a DIY girlie alcoholic drink.

Turning to Tyger, “She gets so excited when we have company.

That darn dog. Well, Tyger here is some news for you,” states the

now very obviously pregnant Dorothy Lafleur.

“Joe wants to go back on Bingo LeBeouf. He has devised quite

 

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an operation. I think he is going to use a helicopter and follow

Bingo by air.” She stops and laughs. “That Joe Fine. Sometimes …

“Anyway, he wants you to meet him at the Ramada Inn at

Hammond tomorrow to work the case with him. I will be here

handling back-up if there are any problems.”

“Love to do it, but I’m not really into being high,”

Tyger understates. “Been up in helicopters a few times and

don’t particularly care for the sensation.”

“No no no. Joe is going up in the air. I think he wants you

on the ground. He is going to follow Bingo with a tracking device

and radio to you where to shoot the video.” Ohhh-key.

“Bingo LeBeouf is a real creep,” Dorothy adds. “But he is

one slippery devil. Joe really wants to nail him

on the hot tin roof this time.”

On to Kinderhook. O.K. Captain Ahab had his white whale. The

original Super Sleuth, Sherlock Holmes after whom Joe Fine

patterns himself with Holmesian hat and pipe adorned business

cards, has his Professor Moriarty. And yes surveillance fans,

Joe Fine has his Bingo LeBeouf.

After the fox, then, we must hunt, fine feathered friends,

silly rabbits. Do not get caught between the hedges.

Yoicks! The hunting hound-dogs are yapping at the heels of

 

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the insidious villainous Bingo LeBeouf of Tickfaw,

Tangipahoa Parish, Loosi-hosannah.

Tyger arrives at the Hammond Ramada Inn Motel Coffee Shop —

known for some reason as the “Lamplighter Lounge” — bright and

early at 8 a.m. Joe is already there looking a bit ruffled,

and dirt-caked, which is out-of-character. No doubt, he has spent

the dawning hours preparing something special for his arch enemy

LeBeouf.

The Super Sleuth is wearing a “Joe’s Garage” blue cap and

trademark short-sleeved alligator logo blue shirt. He appears to

be in a better mood than first appearances indicate as he greets

his trusty aid, the goodly Tyger at bay Williams.

“Hey hey hey. We are getting that bastard today,” glows Joe,

doing his Mr. Sunshine impression.

“Yep. That slippery bastard does not

know what he is up against.

I already put the long distance tracking device underneath

his truck. And that was a bitch to do, let me tell you.”

He interrupts himself. “More coffee sweet-pie,” he asks the

orange uniformed with white apron youngish waitress who complies

sheepishly and sleepily.

Maybe too much late hour fun at ye old Lamplighter Lounge.

“Thanks sweet thing.”

“Anyway,” Joe continues, here is the operation. Bingo’s wife tells me he is

working a construction job today, but she does not know where.

 

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“Drop me off at the Bogue Falaya Commercial Airfield. I

have a chopper there on stand-by.

We get up in the air over LeBeouf and follow him by the

tracking device when he moves. This baby has a range

of five miles, about the same as my 2-year-old’s voice.

That sucker won’t even know we’re up there.

I two-way radio you with the precise position when we

determine where that bastard is. Then, you go in for the kill and

shoot his ass full of videotape.

I mean, just nail the sucker. Don’t worry about being

subtle. Get him up there and get out of there.

Real surgical strike.

We don’t want to take forever, you understand. You would

not believe how much it costs to rent a chopper. But, the client

has agreed to foot the expenses. He is going to love the

results. We’ll get that Bingo bastard yet.”

Tyger catches Joe’s infectious spirit. “Yeah you right!

Let’s get that sucker. Let’s nail him balls to the walls.”

“We are going to cut off his nuts and eat them for lunch,”

Joe adds for good measure. “Today is the day we end his little

game. That asshole has danced enough. Time has come to pay

the piper.”

Hmm. Joe has Tyger almost convinced that this insanity might

prevail. Then, Tyger’s turtle brain catches up with his racing

heart.

 

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Follow the subject by helicopter?

Come on super sleuth, are you serious?

“Hoping that the skies are clear today,” Joe

adds as a pensive footnote. “I had to book the chopper in advance

Cloudy skies could inhibit communications. The

tracking device and radios both won’t cut through the soup.

Continues Annie, “Let’s look at the bright side. That bastard is due for

a fall from a hot tin roofing job. His unlucky number is up today.

We are gonna get him, sucker. Yes indeedy.

Check, please.”

Tyger places surveillance equipment in the back seat so

Joe can climb in the passenger side. They drive about 10 miles

east on Highway 190 to the commercial airfield.

Sure enough, as promised, a small four-seat Bell

Helicopter sits like a weird giant insect outside the large metal

framed open hanger. About a half-dozen light aircraft .rest in

various states of disarray along the side of the runway. Not

exactly what one might consider an invasion armada.

Tyger drives through the open fence onto a dirt road towards

the hanger. Who should be sitting on the chopper like a Vietnam

War poster girl, but the lovely Lana, female investigative

ghost assistant.

“What do you know?” Joe asks facetiously. “Look who showed

on time. Things are beginning to look up.”

 

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Tyger laughs nervously. “Lana is on the case?”

“She wanted to go up in

the chopper,” Joe says. “Why not? We got room. Can always

use a little window dressing.”

Indeed. Lana hops off her purty preening perch,

walks slowly, her posterior

swaying in the breeze, to greet the team.

“Where you been?” she asks Joe in a reversal of

previous roles. “Been waiting for an hour.”

“Now you know how I feel,” Joe replies, winking a

cheery right eye Tygerward.

“Turnabout is fair pay. How you like it now?”

“Oh men. they’re all alike,” Lana flirts Lolita-style.

One beat, two beats, a holla.

“When we going up? This is going to be great.”

“Hold your horses honey. We’ll get there.”

And turning to Tyger.

“Post up at that church we passed on Highway 190.

You know the one?”

“Yeah. Yeah. Baptist church down the road.”

“That is correct, Watson. Set up the system and the radio,” Joe says,

handing Tyger one of the two-way transmitter-receivers.

“We will come in with directions, hopefully, in about 30 minutes.

We’ll take it from there.”

“Sounds good, Joe. I’m on it as Dorothy’s husband says like

white on rice.”

“That buffoon,” Joe sidebars.

“Oh right. He screwed up the Pearly Mae case.

We have to keep that clown out of the kitchen.”

Joe walks towards the waiting helicopter like a pilot in a

 

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Hollywood Grade B World War Two movie.

“Tyger,” as he points both thumbs up, “here’s to happy hunting.”

“You go get ’em boss. I’ll be waiting.”

“Oh yeah,” Joe adds,”use the Dill Pickle codes.

There a mess of hunters in the woods. Don’t want to take

any chances in case one of Bingo’s buddy’s might be

listening on the CB radio.

We’ll refer to Bingo as the fox. You be yourself, Tygerriffic.

I’ll be,” he pauses to consider the options, “great white

hunter. Yeah. I like the sound of that.”

“Later, boss.”

“Happy hunting, Tyger. We’ll find him. You

shoot him. Let’s get some Bingo butt for the trophy case.

Tenth time is the charm.”

It’s a strange world beyond Baker Street, friends, so who knows,

Joe Fine’s master plan might work.

Then again, maybe his bald head has

spent too much time out in the sun without a hat.

Tyger sets up the equipment outside the First Baptist Church

of Hammond. He waits and waits and waits and Tom Waits. Nothing.

The radio crackles continuously. Tyger sets it on low and

listens instead to the soft July breeze. He tries to keep as

still as possible to beat the overpowering heat. Every now, and

then, a vehicle whizzing along two-lane Highway 190 breaks the monotony.

Suddenly, an unusual sound overhead — whompa whompa whompa.

Tyger looks up. Hmmm…incoming ?

Who would be flying in the bright blue sky at this time of

 

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day over this particular locale? Take a wild leap to conclusion

central. It’s not quite “Apocalypse Now,” but it will do for

Tangipahoa Parish.

On blinks the radio. “Position Tyger. Position Tyger. Do you

read? Do you read? This is great white hunter. Over.”

Amazing, Tyger shifts from his upward vigil, scrambling for

the radio transmitter. “Uhh. Read you great white hunter. Has the

fox left the henhouse yet? Over.”

“Negative. Sitting along the forest. We are heading for the

happy hunting grounds. Stick to your guns. Will advise when the

cat jumps over the hot tin roof. Over. Over and out.”

Yeah right, over and far out. No need to utter the sign-off

as the helicopter dips left, soaring north by northwest

towards the mission at Tickfaw.

Maybe Joe should load the chopper up with some automatic

weapons, napalm, or flechettes, and get the damn thing over with

once and for all. Now, that would be an interesting sight.

Wait wait wait. Wait wait wait. Another hour passes as Tyger

sits at ease in the hot car because he does not want to miss any

relevant radio communications. Sorry Victor Charlie, no more

commos of which to speak.

Early afternoon and long white clouds

begin lining the sky. They grow by the minute

like a sad army gathering to bivouac.

Oh yeah, Tyger recollects, summer in Loosiana means

 

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afternoon showers as atmosphere attempts to counterattack

blistering heat. That is an “X” factor that might put a crimp in

Joe Fine’s attack manual.

Nearby birds soar past Spanish moss hanging on trees in a

nearby leafy patch. The air, already thickly humid, crackles. Thunder

begins rolling in the distance. A change in the weather is now

officially in progress.

In the far corner of his right eye, Tyger notices a lawnmower

man scrambling for cover. He is followed by a lunging sheet of rain

running down Highway 190 towards ye olde First Baptist Church of

Hammond.

That is followed by a deafening roar of water striking the dull

asphalt pavement. Oh boy for joy, rain starts pouring down in

long sheets of buckets.

So much for this surveillance. It seems a losing proposition

like the Vietnam War. Waste deep in the Big Muddy, Pete Seeger

fans, and the big fool says to push on.

Tyger rolls up the car window. He finds himself surrounded

by a relentless pounding pulsating body of falling water. Can’t

see a thing. Hope there are no Bingo LeBeouf sappers in the

far trees.

Sightless in Gaza, no scent of subject; can’t touch that

darn LeBeouf now, lucky insurance claimant miscreant. The pound

pounding sound of pummeling rain overpowers all other senses.

 

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The best Tyger can hope for is that Joe Fine is above the

clouds or on the ground. Hate to be flying through that mess.

Looks dangerous.

Lightning flashes and small white objects hell, that’s

sleet, pound the car. It is about 2:30 p.m. The radio is a big

fat tabula raza.

Oh well, if nothing else, at least the place will be comfy

cool for a little while after the rain stops although that shows

no signs of happening in the near future. Of course, this is the

place where humidity never ends, least of all after a summer

shower.

After about 30 minutes, sure enough, the sky brightens, and

clouds disappear as if the horrible rain explosion had never

happened. Once again the hot summer air blows; in another 15

minutes oppressive heat resumes, if anything, increasingly intense.

About 94 degrees now as Tyger scans the road for cues. And you

know what? He spies a truck that greatly resembles the red

pinstriped vehicle attributed to the evil LeBeouf bouncing west

through the heat waves reflecting off asphalt. Maybe it is a

mirage.

Tyger looks long and hard as said truck careens down the

highway operated obviously by a madman maniac driving. It could

be, it might be, he considers for a momentously long macromoment

 

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Nah. Couldn’t be. Could it? Nah. But … Nah. No way. That

would be too much.

Perhaps 10 more minutes pass. Tyger relaxes. Then, crackle

crackle pop the voice of an invisible Joe Fine breaks through the

airwaves. “Position Tyger. Position Tyger. Do you read me. Over.

Over.”

“Yes indeed. Great white hunter? Over.”

“Yes. Nasty rain shower that. Did you see the fox,

I mean cat, fox, whatever? Over.”

“The fox?” Tyger forgets the code. “That wasn’t the red

pinstriped truck that flew by here a little while ago. Was it?

Over.”

“Yeah. Yeah. Did you catch him? Over.”

“Well, ah, no. Couldn’t confirm, It happened in a flash. Was waiting for your

orders on that one great white hunter. You know. Over.”

“Oh damnit. Damnit. Not your fault Position Tyger. That

bastard left during the rainstorm. Goddamn that Bingo LeBeouf. He

is out of range now. We must return to home base.

Damn it! Not your fault Position Tyger. Not your fault.

That fox, cat, whatever, must have a sixth sense for evil.

Damn it. Stick by your position for 20 minutes in case the fox

cat returns, then report back to home base. Over.”

“Sorry about that great white hunter . I had a sneaking

suspicion but could not confirm. It happened too quickly. Sorry

man. Over.”

 

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“That’s alright Position Tyger. We gave it our best shot.

We’ll get that cat. He will make a mistake, slip up

sooner or later. Over. Over and out.”

“Read your instructions, great white hunter. Will sit for a

while and then head back home. Over and out.”

Far out. They even paying Joe for that at this point?

Maybe the 11th time will prove the charm.

What do you know: way. No doubt about it, that was as close

as Tyger could get to Bingo LeBeouf, theoretically anyhow, if

that is who made the road blur. No telling actually.

Of course, no more sign of the mad insurance scam artist.

Tyger returns to the airfield 20 minutes later. Joe and Lana

are sipping cold drinks in the hanger office.

“Hey I’m sorry. If I had only known,” Tyger begins, but Joe

interrupts with a wave of his right hand.

“No. No. No. Rotten luck again. That cat has

more than nine lives.

It started raining cats and dogs just before he moved. We

lost commos when we went above the clouds. Goddamn that Bingo

LeBeouf. He’ll mess up and I will grab him like a piranha. His

ass is grass.”

Tyger takes down the equipment, then drives Joe and Lana

back to the motel. They sit for a while in the Lamplighter

Lounge. Tyger and Lana drink sweet tea while Joe sips on a longneck

Dixie beer.

“You know,” Joe confides to his two junior associates. “I have been

in this game for a long time. First when I was breaking codes in

 

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“the Army of the Galilee and the last 10 years in Florida.

I don’t know. I am thinking of maybe franchising out the surveillance

systems. Become like the Al Copeland Popeyes Chicken shit king

of undercover video devices.

That way, rent other detectives the systems, show them how

to operate them, repair any that break. Might just be

the right time for that.

You guys would part of it. Don’t worry about that.

Hell, Tyger, you know the systems as well as I do. You can show

others how to work them. And Lana, you coming along real

goody goody two shoes.

Always use a smart young beautiful

kid like yourself.

It’s not just that Bingo LeBeouf thing. I’ll get that

bastard yet. Believe you me. He ain’t no Moriarty. His well will run dry.

Been thinking about this for a while.

Getting a bit old for this game. Maybe it’s time to retrench a

It’s a young man’s game.

That’s something to keep on your plates, guys.

We’ll see how it goes.

Check.”

Check. Even as Joe Fine speaks, Tyger realizes that maybe a

special moment in time is quickly passing. The major video

companies have just begun marketing the ultra-light palm-sized

 

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8mm handicamcorders and similarly miniaturized devices.

Tyger does not have the heart to mention this fact of video

future life to Joe, who, being au courant with such updated

technologies, probably knows about it anyway. It is not exactly a

closely guarded state secret, rather a made in Asia

revolution in state of the art videographic matrices.

It won’t take an ingenious Joe Fine black box system or

experienced videomaker like Tyger to mess with the bogus claimant

mindless designs soon enough. Any fool who can hide a small

camera in his palm will be able to trap the feckless injury

fakers.

Even dull as copper ex-cops, DEA agents or former

politicians would soon be able to operate successfully as

insurance investigators. Tough luck and farewell then, dear

comrades.

That is simply progress. The world does not stop for a

glorious concept no matter how divine.

Joe Fine’s secret surveillance system’s salad days are

probably ending even as the temporarily defeated army of three

intrepid investigators regroup in late afternoon ever a hardwood

restaurant table. Joe, Joe; say it ain’t so.

What a shame. What a sham. The world sometimes can seem like

the proverbial steak without the sizzle.

Bid adieu then friends, to a moment unfrozen briefly in

 

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Chapter Twenty-Six

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bright light ascaptured by a camera’s eye. It spits out a

few small, but cherished, memories and vanishes like a quick fox

beyond the zoom lens that black night inevitably darkens with

forever.

For our purposes, Joe chases arch enemy, the evil Bingo

LeBeouf, through that endless space of time. He will catch that

fatted calf yet before the universe explodes.

Have no doubt of this dear comrades. Right always triumphs

in the end. So it is written and so it must go.

Or not.

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