In my new book, Havelock Saracen: The Outsiders meets Lord of the Rings:
Nate lurched forward, head-butting the blond police captain. Nate ripped the pistol out of Beef’s holster. He wheeled around, raising the gun to fire at Reason.
Even as the biker lunged toward him, Reason sidestepped, flinging his arm out, clotheslining Nate across his throat with his forearm. The brawny biker flew off his feet, landing hard on his back. Reason sank to one knee, driving his right hand into Nate’s nose with a palm strike. The pistol flew out of Nate’s grasp, and Lobo walked over to him and stood there, a soft growl burbling deep in his throat.
“Sheesus!” Alex cried. “Where’d you learn those moves, Reason?”
Seconds later, two cops came through the front door. Nate was escorted away by the two uniformed cops, while Beef led Lobo to the crime scene in the bedroom. Reason went to the kitchen to retrieve a wet wash rag. When he returned to the living room, he washed the paint off of Alex’s face. Alex endured several swipes of the damp cloth. “You moved like lightning,” he said.
Alex pointed to the gold band on Reason’s ring finger. “There is a reason Lucas stole those other three rings of yours. He claims everything you put your mind to, you can do ten times better while wearing one of those rings? Writing books. Youth work. Dog training. Even martial arts. Lucas shared his suspicions with me before burglarizing your den to take what did not belong to him. I’m headed to lock up, right? Anything you can do for me, Reason?”
Reason said, “Put in a good word to the judge? Your contract states four months of school attendance. Hell, you’ve ditched me so many times in the past two weeks, I don’t think I could recommend you as the poster child for my truancy program, do you?”
A few minutes later, Beef exited Gus’s bedroom, Lobo trailing behind him. He turned to examine the maps on the wall and the papers scattered on the desk before him. “Gus was writing a book,” Reason said. “Celeste Holland was doing research for him. Officially, I know you can’t involve me in this investigation, but unofficially, would you be willing to let me take a look at his files, Beef? See if I can solve this mess?”
Beef met his earnest gaze for long moments. “Thanks for the offer, Reason. But it will be my ass if anyone finds out. However, if we need a consultant to decipher the old man’s writings, I’ll be sure and mention your offer to my superiors.”
Reason asked, “Why do you have Lobo involved? Thought I made it clear, he was permanently retired.”
Beef said, “I wanted to see if Lobo could find those rings. Rumor is, they ended up here with Gus. However, he didn’t find them.”