May 11, 2018

City of Strangers

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Sounds all noble and enlightened, but its bullshit. Politicians been throw’n round words like “Melting Pot” and “Gateway to America”, which sound friendly and welcom’n, but it ain’t the truth. Rape, robbery, murder and half the time nobody even knows. How could ya with all them people. Census clerks down at City Hall says there’s now five-and-a-half-million liv’n in the five boroughs. Holy hell! Millions of friggin people–of which I knows only about thirty-or-so–and all day, every day, I’m surrounded by ‘m all. Wouldna be so bad if they was decent folk, but they ain’t. Poor wretched refuse. Yup, just like it says, that’s what we really got. A load of refuse clogg’n up our city streets and stinking up our air. Deadbeats that don’t wanna work, so theys either laze about begg’n for handouts or they preys upon the few decent folks that does got a couple cents to scratch together. Yeah, so welcome ye all to our city of strangers.

New York City, 1920. A city of promise. A city of new beginnings. A city with secrets hidden in the darkness.

The Detectives

The Story

City of Strangers. (Book 1, Chapter 2) (June 7, 2018) - Scene. NYPD Headquarters Tuesday, January 6, 1920 Commander John Cublin wakes up the two detectives from their too short of slumber. A body of a girl has turned up. Go investigate it. On the way out of headquarters, the two detectives learn more of the two gangsters who were brought ...
City of Strangers (Book 1, Chapter 1) (June 7, 2018) - Scene. Small Apartment in Brooklyn; Dive Bar Monday, January 5, 1920 8:47 PM Connor Boudelaire receives a call. Sgt Telam from HQ - Incident at Italian restaurant Hester & Baxter in Little Italy. Heads down to the bar to pick up his partner, Leslie Devaul, who's probably a few drinks ...
City of Strangers (Detective Connor Baudelaire) (April 11, 2018) - Baudelaire, Connor Baudelaire. Twin son of an Irish father and French mother. Got my dad's toughness and my mum's je ne sais quoi. Was training in the military to head over and fight some Krauts, but my twin brother beat me over there. Then he beat me to the grave. ...
City of Strangers (Detective Leslie Devaul) (April 11, 2018) - Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.1 What the others on the force think of Devaul Devaul recently returned to the department from going undercover to bust up a drug ring. He was down there in the muck for ...