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Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part twelve: “Justice costs money”

TWELVE It was a smooth ride back home. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and brightened the snow-covered fields. The mileposts clicked by in a steady beat. There were plenty of reason
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Thursday, July 31, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part eleven: Nick makes a promise

ELEVEN "Do you hear that?" Maddy asked. "Listen. Far away." We were in her bed, down the hall from Billy's room. Nobody said anything for a while. In that middle-of-the-night quiet, I could hear M
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part ten: Pictures worth a thousand words

What you missed:Private eye Nick Acropolis finally meets Sheriff Archer outside of the Sawyer County Courthouse in McKinley. Archer asks for the pictures Nick took in the impounded semi trailer. Nick
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Thursday, July 17, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part nine: Nick discovers one stereotype contains a grain of truth

What you missed: Private eye Nick Acropolis is sent to McKinley by attorney Shelly Michalowski to investigate the case of a trucker charged with smuggling cocaine. Nick meets a truck stop wai
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Thursday, July 10, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part eight: Jesse Lopez’s story

What you missed:Private eye Nick Acropolis is sent to McKinley by attorney Shelly Michalowski to investigate the case of a trucker charged with smuggling cocaine. The trucker, Jesse Lopez, proclaims h
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part seven: Here comes the judge

What you missed: Private eye Nick Acropolis is sent to McKinley by attorney Shelly Michalowski to investigate the case of a trucker charged with smuggling cocaine. A truck stop waitress hires
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Thursday, June 26, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part six: Nick and Shelly meet their client

What you missed: Private eye Nick Acropolis is sent to McKinley to investigate the case of a trucker charged with smuggling cocaine. A truck stop waitress then hires him to look for her missing
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part five: Nick discovers he’s been caught snooping

What you missed: Private eye Nick Acropolis is sent to McKinley to investigate the case of a trucker charged with smuggling cocaine. A truck stop waitress then hires him to look for her missi
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Thursday, June 12, 2003 12:00 am

The next installment of our central Illinois detective novel. Part four: Nick discovers blow in the snow.

FOUR I started out on foot, me and my trusty galoshes, but I soon went back for my Oldsmobile. The place was huge; trucks were everywhere, acres of trucks. Trucks fueling up, trucks waiting in l
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Thursday, June 5, 2003 12:00 am

A central Illinois detective novel

ONE Shelly Michalowski's eyes were a shimmering, contact-lens blue. Her hair was bleach blond, and she could flip it with near perfect control, wink, go from a smile to a leer--and never once stop ta

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