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117 Days of James Patterson – Day Thirty-Six

Day 36, Chapter 36

Thankfully, Jackson “Jack” Brady, transfer from Miami Vice and special guest star from CSI: Miami, once took a class on serial killers, so this case should be closed any day now.  Yet, there somehow remains another 81 chapters of this tripe….

“I spent two full summers learning to profile serial killers. That doesn’t make me a pro, but I have educated opinions.”

Alright, don’t get your linen suit all wrinkly, I didn’t mean anything by it.  I’m not so sure that the rest of the team buys into your credentials though:

“…it’s possible this killer is so dead inside, he just wastes the kids because they’re witnesses.”

“The kids were babies,” Jacobi said.

Brady shrugged. “The killer probably isn’t using that kind of logic. As for the killing of the mothers, you’re seeing a real hatred for women.”

“In terms of finding this guy,” Jacobi said, “his early childhood isn’t relevant, is it? How he feels isn’t going to lead us to him.”

That’s right, who cares what’s driving this guy to do the things he does?  He hates women? Who gives a shit?  He kills babies?  Who gives a shit?  Let’s just find him and stop him, right?  How hard can that be?  Why bother trying to investigate any deeper?  Hell, the show’s only 60 minutes, people, plus commercial breaks!  That gives us, maybe, 45 minutes to crack this case!  Let’s git ‘er done!

For some reason, the cops seem to think that there’s something different about the killer’s weapon of choice.  Claire, the medical examiner, has mentioned several times that the barrel leaves an unusual stippling pattern in the powder burns left on the victims, but whenever we see Pete Gordon with the gun, it just looks like a gun. 

“That’s an interesting detail,” Brady said. “This guy knows weaponry. Makes me think he may have military training.”

 An interesting leap – although, a correct one for purposes of plot.  Whatever works for you, JPatt, it’s your show.  So if this guy’s so awesomely prepared, how is this team of regular cops going to stop him?  

“Overconfidence,” Brady said. “He could get too sure of himself and leave a clue. But, you know, it could be a long time before he makes that kind of mistake.”

We could be talking about Patterson himself here – he is awfully confident (I mean, have you seen his latest contract?) and it could be at least another 81 chapters before this thing really falls apart.  Barring that, what do these cops know?

“We’ve got a witness ID and video surveillance,” I said. “We think we have some idea what he may look like.”

“Nothing distinctive, am I right?”

“Yeah,” said Chi. “White male, thirties, wears a cap.”

Oh shit, it’s me.
Go to Day 37.

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4 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day Thirty-Six

  1. Amy
    June 3, 2010

    OMG, Patterson is really out to get you. He must not be a fan of this project you're doing, and so is profiling YOU as the killer!

  2. Anonymous
    June 3, 2010

    No doubt about it – it IS you…just wait 'til you show up in his NEXT book….ha ha ha ha

  3. aaryn b.
    June 5, 2010

    The thing about dismissing babies as witnesses is that they really understand so much more than we give them credit for.

  4. Reggie Style
    June 11, 2010

    Does the cap say “RELAX” on it? That could be a clue.

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