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Custody Novel

Jack Reacher

(TIRES SCREECHING) (S) (CONTROLLED BREATHING) (BREATHES DEEPLY) (GUNSHOT) (GUNSHOT) (GUNSHOT) (PEOPLE SCREAMING).

(GUNSHOTS) (GUNSHOT) Move! (POLICE RADIO CHATTERING) (TALKING INDISTINCTLY) EMERSON: It’s life or death now, James. By that, I mean you’re doing one or the other up in Rockview.

This here is District Attorney Rodin. Want to know what he’s wondering? Whether you’re gonna walk like a man or cry like a pussy on your way to the death house. See, the D.A. likes the needle, whereas me, I like to see a man like you live a long life with all your teeth knocked out.

Passed around till a brother can’t tell your fart from a yawn. Now, I don’t know what kind of man you are, which of these two fates you prefer, but Rodin here is a generous fellow. He’s willing to let you take your pick. If you save us and this city a long and costly trial, waive your right to counsel and confess, right now.

Sixteen hours. Has to be some kind of record, Detective. What the hell is this? Who the hell is Jack Reacher? lt;igt; Jack Reacher,lt;igt; born Jack, not John, no middle name, is a ghost. No driver’s license, current or expired.

No residence, current or former. No credit cards, no credit history. No P.O. box, cell phone, email. Nothing. Can you at least tell me who he is? Well, I can tell you who he was. Blood military. lt;igt; Born and raisedlt;igt; lt;igt; on bases abroad.lt;igt; lt;igt; Mother was a French national,lt;igt; lt;igt; father in the Corps.lt;igt;.

lt;igt; His first triplt;igt; lt;igt; to the United Stateslt;igt; lt;igt; was to attend West Point.lt;igt; lt;igt; Four years later,lt;igt; lt;igt; he ships out for good.lt;igt; lt;igt; Iraq. Afghanistan.lt;igt; lt;igt; The Balkans. You name it.lt;igt; lt;igt; Served with distinction.lt;igt; lt;igt; Silver Star, Bronze Star,lt;igt; lt;igt; Legion of Merit.lt;igt; Defense Superior Service Medal? Had to look that one up.

The Green Mile

SHOUTING, BUT NO SOUND DISTANT HOUNDS BAYING Klaus: KATIE! CORA! Man, whispering: You love your sister? You make any noise, You know what happens. Newsman, on radio: WE’RE LOOKING AT A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

THEY’LL BE WIDELY SCATTERED. YOU WON’T GET WET ALL THE TIME. AND THERE’LL STILL BE SOME HEAT OUT THERE TODAY WITH A HIGH RIGHT AROUND 94, 95 OR SO. TONIGHT’S LOW IN THE LOW 70s. TOMORROW A LITTLE COOLER, WITH A HIGH IN THE UPPER 80s TO NEAR 90 WITH AN ISOLATED TURNS OFF RADIO WATER RUNS GOOD MORNING, ESTELLE.

HOW AM I LOOKING, PAUL? THAT’S BETTER. THAT’S BETTER. MORNIN’, MR. EDGECOMB. SOME DANISH THIS MORNIN’? NO. JUST 2 PIECES OF DRY TOAST, HECTOR. THANKS. LEFTOVER’S FINE. DRY AND COLD, SAME AS ALWAYS. COLD IS BETTER.

HAH, ESPECIALLY ON THOSE LONG WALKS. AM I RIGHT? DON’T LET NURSE GODZILLA CATCH YA. SHE’LL RAISE HOLY HELL. YOU KNOW WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LET YOU WANDER OFF. WHERE DO YOU GO. EVERY DAY? WHAT DO YOU DO UP IN THOSE HILLS? JUST WALK.

I LIKE TO WALK. YOU TRY NOT TO FALL DOWN, BUST A HIP. I DON’T WANNA BE IN NO DAMN SEARCH PARTY. DISTANT THUNDER Woman in audience on TV: WHAT? AND YOU WANT THIS MAN CONSTANTLY IN YOUR LIFE? EXPLAINEXPLAIN THE MORAL BASIS OF THAT. Woman panelist: I ADMIT I’VE MADE MISTAKES.

DO YOU WANT HE’S NOT A GOOD FATHER. NO, IT’S NOTIT’S NOT SHE CAN’T ASK FOR NOTHIN’, OK? YOU CAN’T ASK FOR NOTHIN’. I HAVE 6 KIDS MYSELF, OK? WHY WE ALWAYS WATCH THIS STUFF? IT’S INTERESTIN’. INTERESTING? BUNCH OF INBRED TRAILER TRASH? ALL THEY EVER TALK ABOUT IS FUCKIN’.

Woman in audience: AND THERE AIN’T NO WAY IN THIS GOD’S GREEN EARTH I’M GONNA HAVE A FATHER LIKE THAT. IF WHAT YOU SAYIN’ IS TRUE Woman panelist: I HAVE ASKED TONY, SINCE I KNOW HIS WIFE, AND HE WILL NOT DO IT. I’M TALKIN’ NOW. WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? Announcer: ONE THAT CAUSES PEOPLE MORE THAN A.

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