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  • Fletch Inhaled Twice
    by Chapter16.org on June 11, 2024 at 2:42 PM

    Reflecting on the influence of I.M. Fletcher and his creator, Gregory Mcdonald by Michael Ray Taylor & Chapter16.org Fletch Fletch. By Gregory Mcdonald. Blackstone. 241 pages. $15.99. Fifty years ago, Gregory Mcdonald, a former Boston Globe journalist, published his first mystery novel, Fletch. The book won an Edgar award for Best First Novel, and Mcdonald’s wisecracking journalist (and later detective) spawned eight additional books (the second, Confess, Fletch, also an Edgar winner), two spinoff series, and several films. At the height

  • The Toughest Kind of Investigative Interview
    by Kathryn Lestelle on May 2, 2024 at 9:09 PM

    A veteran criminal defense investigator reflects on why she’s willing to represent clients who’ve been charged with harming a child. My client Juan had been sitting in jail for more than two years, awaiting his day in court. He was charged with molesting his 11-year-old soon-to-be stepdaughter. He avowed his innocence. But, as I always do when investigating allegations of abuse or sexual misconduct against a child, I started this investigation with the assumption that the accuser’s statement was true.

  • Watch Your Six
    by Dave Honiss on April 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM

    Some habits formed on the force have to change in the private sector. Others stick with you forever. Even when you do everything right, sometimes things can still go south rapidly. You can end up fighting for your life in the blink of an eye. I was a brand-new cop (two months on the job). My partner had been on the job for one month. Late one night, we got a domestic disturbance call. We parked two houses away and

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