By John Ball
It's the Nineteen Sixties. A sizzling August evening lies heavy over the Carolinas. The corpse -- legs sprawled, belly down at the concrete pavement, hands above the pinnacle -- brings the patrol vehicle to a halt. The neighborhood police choose up a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs, merely to find that their probably suspect is a murder detective from California -- and the racially demanding community's unmarried desire in fixing a brutal homicide that turns up no witnesses, no reasons, no clues.
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His arms and shoulders were thick with strong muscles and there wasn’t an ounce of extra fat on him. The light brown chest hair she’d seen a glimpse of yesterday covered the center of his chest, tapered down to his belly button, and disappeared under the towel. She had a sudden desire to explore the treasures beneath the towel, but she couldn’t allow herself to get attached to him again. After this was over, he’d be gone again, and her ego couldn’t handle another rejection like the last one. She focused on the task at hand.
That bastard wasn’t a father. ” “Yep. Chance is half Korean. He’s an attorney, married with three kids. And my sister…” He smiled. ” Greg glanced at Neen. ” Neen didn’t want to talk about family. She buried the only member of her family she’d ever known in a cemetery in Tacoma. ” As he pulled off the highway, he said, “Biology doesn’t necessarily connect us. It’s love that matters, and the woman who raised you loved you. ” He parked and turned off the engine. ” She unfastened her seatbelt and leaned over to give him a gentle kiss.
My hair has red in it, and my skin is shades lighter than my mother’s. And I have green eyes. I suppose it’s possible to have one parent with dark hair and eyes, but not both. That means Julio probably isn’t my uncle and my mother—” “Probably wasn’t your natural mother,” he said. ” “I don’t know, Greg. ” Interesting. It was highly unlikely that two babies with the same name were born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the same day. ” “Maybe, I don’t know. I never met my father, Greg. ” He peered closely at the design on the top of the ring.