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    The King of Torts - John Grisham

    Thirty minutes later, the police received a call that a
    young man matching the description of the one who had
    wasted Pumpkin had been seen twice on Ninth Street
    carrying a gun in open view and acting stranger than
    most of the people on Ninth. He had tried to lure at least
    one person into an abandoned lot, but the intended
    victim had escaped and reported the incident.
    The police found their man an hour later. His name
    was Tequila Watson, black male, age twenty, with the
    usual drug-related police record. No family to speak of.
    No address. The last place he'd been sleeping was a
    rehab unit on W Street. He'd managed to ditch the gun
    somewhere, and if he'd robbed Pumpkin then he'd also
    thrown away the cash or drugs or whatever the booty
    was. His pockets were clean, as were his eyes. The cops
    were certain Tequila was not under the influence of
    anything when he was arrested. A quick and rough
    interrogation took place on the street, then he was
    handcuffed and shoved into the rear seat of a D.C. police
    They drove him back to Lamont Street, where they
    arranged an impromptu encounter with the two
    witnesses. Tequila was led into the alley where he'd left
    Pumpkin. "Ever been here before?" a cop asked.
    Tequila said nothing, just gawked at the puddle of
    fresh blood on the dirty concrete. The two witnesses
    were eased into the alley, then led quietly to a spot near
    "That's him," both said at the same time.
    "He's wearing the same clothes, same basketball
    shoes, everything but the gun."
    "That's him."
    "No doubt about it."
    Tequila was shoved into the car once again and taken
    to jail. He was booked for murder and locked away with
    no immediate chance of bail. Whether through
    experience or just fear, Tequila never said a word to the
    cops as they pried and cajoled and even threatened.
    Nothing incriminating, nothing helpful. No indication of
    why he would murder Pumpkin. No clue as to their
    history, if one existed at all. A veteran detective made a
    brief note in the file that the killing appeared a bit more
    random than was customary.
    No phone call was requested. No mention of a lawyer
    or a bail bondsman. Tequila seemed dazed but content
    to sit in a crowded cell and stare at the floor.


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