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  • Writer's pictureJames Sargent

Scouting the Soo

Blog: Shadow of the Hawk, Ch 5, “Sault Ste. Marie,” pp. 86-97

November 29, 2022

“Frank and me are working with the FBI on a major kidnapping that occurred in Mackinaw City last weekend. Sheriff Janowski knows it, and Harry and the other deputies know, too.”

“Tell me about it. Maybe I can help. I try to do what I can for Blade. We’re family, you know.”

“I was hoping you’d say that.” The smile on Mickey’s face was revealed by the headlights of a passing car. He touched Frank’s arm, and the big man nodded.

“Off the record,” Mickey continued, “maybe you could check with some of your friends in the Soo and see if anyone has heard anything. The reason I’m asking, the payoff is supposed to be made Friday at a hotel across the river in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The victims are a cousin of President Roosevelt and a nephew of Thomas Dewey. There might be a story in the papers tomorrow, but if so, the FBI will probably withhold important details.”

“My friends, you can count on me.” His eyes sparkling, Billy grinned into the rearview mirror. “I know every Indian in the Soo!” He pulled a card out of his buckskin pocket and passed it back to Mickey. “Here’s a number where you can reach me. I’ll let you know what I find out.”

Frank’s deep voice came from the back. “Hey, Billy, I loved your history lesson!” As the three men laughed, the taxi pulled up at the Ojibway.

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