In the past 5 days there have been 3 homicides in our city. Now, contrary to popular opinion, having lots of people die violently in your town is NOT good for business. Sure, all of us detectives will be getting extra overtime in our checks; and the Coroner is going have to buy more rubber gloves for the autopsies; oh ya, the funeral homes will have extra business... but generally it’s bad.
The first thing it’s bad for is marriage; with all of the 16-hour days, I don’t see my wife much; when I do come home, she’s asleep and I reactively outline her with chalk. Next, it's bad for my diet; one night the Captain ordered out for pizza, which I can usually resist; however, for murder number two, it was catered Thai food; so the diet went down in flames, killed by some delicious curry chicken. Finally, it’s bad on the sleep pattern: at about 2:30 am this morning, a bunch of loopy detectives (me included) watched the security monitor where Detective Jim was interrogating the murder suspect; due to sleep deprivation, all we could think about was how funny it was that the camera angle really showed Jim’s bald spot. It was getting to Jim as well; 2 hours into the interview he was saying to the suspect repeatedly, “Tell me everything you don’t know!”
Well, I’m three major reports behind, and I got another autopsy to watch tomorrow. Hopefully the killing will stop long enough to:
1) Kiss my wife.
2) Lose some weight.
3) Get some sleep.