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I was a self-admitted misanthrope unwilling to lose or drop a case. I often threw a rope-a-dope just to win; I never lose face. I worked the dark streets for dark, and even darker, clients while the cops walked their beats, shadows showing giants. As far as I was concerned, they were all a bunch of losers. They were bad; they’d get burned. The lot were boozers or bruisers. I had caught a difficult case The man was stabbed and shot. He deserved it; he was debase, but the perp would be caught. The lawyer was my client, he was dirty; the worst he could get. Damn, he was mighty defiant! Still, I didn’t think he did it. He had no motive, but also no alibi. So why were the cops after him? He was a jerk, but had no reason to lie. But for him the outlook was grim. I might have to pummel every john on the streets to get to the truth. It wasn’t unpleasing to use my brawn and I was a hellava good sleuth. I’d search every city block. I’d find the filthy little perp. I’d find the lowlife and knock the truth out of the twisted twerp! 26 August 2022 Start Sleuthing Poetry Contest Sponsored by Natasha L Scragg https://www.rhymezone.com

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Date: 9/3/2022 1:19:00 AM
In the fifties and sixties, "I might have to pummel every john on the streets to get to the truth. It wasn’t unpleasing to use my brawn and I was a hellava good sleuth." This was not only acceptable, but expected!
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 9/3/2022 6:51:00 AM
Yes! The adults in my family seemed to think it was okay, as long as it was the "good guy" doing the pummeling. LOL Linda
Date: 8/31/2022 2:35:00 AM
I enjoyed your story of a sleuth looking for the perp in the mean streets, Very nicely done
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 9/1/2022 5:43:00 PM
Always a pleasure to have you visit Joseph. Thank you for the kind comments! Linda
Date: 8/30/2022 1:53:00 PM
Linda, you are a fantastic private investigator. In this poem, you have done an excellent job of capturing the characteristics of the classic detectives. Superior for the win
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 8/30/2022 2:22:00 PM
I thank you very kindly Lasaad. I enjoyed watching the antics of each of the PIs and hope I've captured their essence.Linda
Date: 8/27/2022 8:22:00 PM
Wow, Linda! Sounds like you might have been an undercover detective yourself back in the day. You certainly know your way around the jargon! Great stuff! ~ Sam Spade
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 8/28/2022 7:12:00 AM
I think it was the old black and white movies I used to watch with my folks, and books from my mother's library. They both loved a good who-dun-it and their favorites were the hard hitting/talking tough fellas - Bogart, Mitchum, Cagney, EG Robinson, and many others. LOL Thanks gw! laf
Date: 8/27/2022 12:50:00 PM
You make a wonderful sleuth, If I were a twerp I'd stay away from you lol, excellent entry, winning wishes Linda
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 8/27/2022 5:54:00 PM
Hahaha Vie. I tried to capture the characteristics of these old style sleuths in these poems. I actually had a lot of fun writing them. I loved watching the old black and white movies with my father. Linda