Saving Tap Flynn
Tap Flynn spent seven years in Bedford Juvenile Facility for Violent Offenders before an unexpected parole releases him into a new life. A job, college, and even friends give him hope he can escape his past.
But the danger and oppression of prison are replaced by the obsession of a determined DA and his relentless pursuit of the crime syndicate Tap's family had served for three generations.
And when another enemy enters his life, Tap begins to wonder if life in prison might be safer than freedom.
Iain Carmichael stared at the legal file in front of him with growing horror and disgust. He dialed a phone number and worked his way through the voicemail hell of Metro PD before a bored voice answered.“Dougherty.”
“How many more weeks before the cast comes off?” Carmichael asked.
“Did you call to taunt me, Counsellor, or do you really care?”
“A little of both. Mostly I called to ask about the file you sent me. Was this an actual case or some sort of troll?”
On the other end of the call, Detective Shawn Dougherty propped his walking cast on the open lower drawer of his desk and leaned back in his chair, smiling.
“An actual case. I was the primary for about twelve hours before the Irish mob task force jerked it out from under me. Interesting, isn’t it?”
“But it wasn’t handled by the O’hEaghras Organized Crime task force,” Iain said. “It turned into a straight murder investigation. Why wasn’t it handed back to homicide?”
Shawn made a face and casually looked around the squad room. Two junior detectives he had some suspicions about were watching him closely.
“Call you back in ten,” Shawn said and hung up the phone.
He rose, grabbed his jacket from the back of his chair and left the room. He thumped down the stairs to an old interrogation room that had been gutted to be remodeled with new cameras, speakers, and observation room. Right now it was just an empty box, but it had a door that locked. Shawn grabbed a chair from another room, drug it into the empty room. And shut and locked the door.
Sitting down, he called Carmichael back from his personal cell phone. Carmichael answered on the first ring.
“Why all the cloak and dagger?” Iain asked, noting the change in phone number.
“Big ears. Here’s the scoop. Washington was pissed the kid offed Flynn before the task force could get something solid enough on him to use as leverage against the O’hEaghras mob. I think he thought the kid could give him something, so he grabbed the case. Took so many months for the kid to recover from his dad nearly knifing him to death, the task force dropped it.”
“But Washington didn’t?”
“Nope. He’s an asshole but a tenacious asshole. I did a little private snooping after the kid got sent up. Washington visited the kid a lot in the hospital. Like everyday for better than three weeks. Then one day … nothing. He just stopped. Couple of days later, the kid is transferred to the Jail Infirmary.”
— from The File, Saving Tap Flynn
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