CHANNILLO
Emerald Eyes
By B ill Turbo Tetu

Series Description:

Tarpon Springs Detective Dee Diodorus forces her way into the crime scene to find yet another woman dead, decapitated, and most likely raped. She searches through the woman’s backpack and finds her name and cell phone number. There’s a charger and a set of earbuds nearby and Dee wonders where the victim’s cell phone might be. Curious, she punches the women’s number into her phone and waits for the ring. Someone answers, but doesn’t speak. Too late, Dee realizes she’s given the killer her phone number and probably her identity.

Dee’s life is its own crime scene; she’s lost her baby, she’s sure she killed her mother, her father’s adrift with Alzheimer’s, and her ex is suing her.  Dee and everyone else in Florida know the killer as Toolman, a stew of psychiatric disorders who gets his kicks from torturing, raping and decapitating women with brunette hair and green eyes. Dee is the only detective on the Tarpon Springs police force and if she ends Toolman’s bloody rampage through South Florida the sweet taste of redemption might be hers.  

Valiant Simmons runs FLEA, the Florida Law Enforcement Agency. He’s Florida’s top cop and Dee’s uncle. Dee figures he can give her some insight and information about Toolman. But Simmons rakes in millions protecting the Florida cocaine cartel and especially a coke runner named, Tad Silvers, also known as, Toolman.  Simmons isn’t about to let Dee get close to Toolman and he prohibits her from taking the case.

Undeterred, Dee looks for help from General Jack Reyes at Special Ops Command over in Tampa. Jack’s wife was Toolman’s ninth victim; Jack’s been hunting Toolman for two years and making news by calling Simmons and FLEA incompetent hacks. When Dee surprises Jack on the ramp of a C-130 Hercules rigged for a parachute jump, he says she’ll have to join him on the jump if she wants to talk about Toolman,

After the jump, Dee tells Jack about Toolman’s Tarpon Springs victim and the scary phone call she got from the murdered woman’s cell phone. She tells him about a jogger who saw a green Toyota Camry in the crime scene parking lot, a social worker who knows more about Toolman than she’s willing to tell, and a whacked-out woman in Fort Myers who is probably Toolman’s mother. Jack tells Dee about the Special Ops location trackers, smart drones, data crunchers and a special hacker he knows.   But they don’t talk about their secrets; Dee doesn’t speak of her tangle of problems and Jack doesn’t tell Dee why he’s stashed his daughter where Toolman can’t find her, nor about his son, a Green Beret, in Columbia’s Cauca Valley. Still, they agree to team up to find Toolman and maybe kill the bastard.   

When Toolman kills again he hauls the body to Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs and suspends it above the altar. It’s a gruesome desecration meant as a warning that Dee could be next.

As Dee and Jack close in on Toolman, Simmons realizes that his cozy deal with the cartel will top the list of bargaining chips that Toolman will lay on the table to save his own ass. In desperation, Simmons orders Toolman to kill Dee.

Toolman is happy to oblige and he plans to track Dee as she deplanes at Tampa International. But it’s Spring Break, the traffic on the cross-bay bridges is horrendous and Toolman misses Dee at arrivals. Lucky for him, he spots another green-eyed brunette getting off the shuttle and one green-eyed brunette is as good as another. He tails her into Tampa, dupes his way into her beach house and begins his killing ritual. The woman is Jack’s daughter.

Dee and Jack are hot on Toolman’s trail guided by a Special Ops drone in the night sky.  When the drone green lights Toolman at the beach house, Jack bludgeons his way through the door. Dee is  steps behind him, Beretta drawn and ready for the kill. She can’t see in the darkness of the room but she hears Toolman telling her to drop the gun or the girl dies. She hears Jack telling her to do it and she lets the Beretta fall to the floor. As her eyes adapt to the darkness, she sees Jack on the floor and spots his daughter on her knees with a monstrous clamp around her neck. Toolman is laughing, squeezing the clamp’s handles.  Dee has a .32 caliber Airlite holstered in the small of her back with a round chambered and the safety clear. As she feels for the Airlite, a man steps through the door. It’s one of Simmons’ guys, with his gun drawn, and it’s enough to distract Toolman for the second it takes for Dee to aim the Airlite and put a bullet through Toolman’s head.     

A month later, Dee and Jack are honored for their actions with a ceremony at Tampa’s city hall.  Simmons, Dee’s crooked uncle, presides over the ceremony, his crimes undetected. After the ceremony, Dee and Jack drive across the bay to Tarpon Springs. They stop for a visit at Saint Nicholas Cathedral and together, they light a candle, smell the incense, and savor redemption.

 

Category/Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller
Updated: Weekly
Status: Ongoing









Series Description:

Tarpon Springs Detective Dee Diodorus forces her way into the crime scene to find yet another woman dead, decapitated, and most likely raped. She searches through the woman’s backpack and finds her name and cell phone number. There’s a charger and a set of earbuds nearby and Dee wonders where the victim’s cell phone might be. Curious, she punches the women’s number into her phone and waits for the ring. Someone answers, but doesn’t speak. Too late, Dee realizes she’s given the killer her phone number and probably her identity.

Dee’s life is its own crime scene; she’s lost her baby, she’s sure she killed her mother, her father’s adrift with Alzheimer’s, and her ex is suing her.  Dee and everyone else in Florida know the killer as Toolman, a stew of psychiatric disorders who gets his kicks from torturing, raping and decapitating women with brunette hair and green eyes. Dee is the only detective on the Tarpon Springs police force and if she ends Toolman’s bloody rampage through South Florida the sweet taste of redemption might be hers.  

Valiant Simmons runs FLEA, the Florida Law Enforcement Agency. He’s Florida’s top cop and Dee’s uncle. Dee figures he can give her some insight and information about Toolman. But Simmons rakes in millions protecting the Florida cocaine cartel and especially a coke runner named, Tad Silvers, also known as, Toolman.  Simmons isn’t about to let Dee get close to Toolman and he prohibits her from taking the case.

Undeterred, Dee looks for help from General Jack Reyes at Special Ops Command over in Tampa. Jack’s wife was Toolman’s ninth victim; Jack’s been hunting Toolman for two years and making news by calling Simmons and FLEA incompetent hacks. When Dee surprises Jack on the ramp of a C-130 Hercules rigged for a parachute jump, he says she’ll have to join him on the jump if she wants to talk about Toolman,

After the jump, Dee tells Jack about Toolman’s Tarpon Springs victim and the scary phone call she got from the murdered woman’s cell phone. She tells him about a jogger who saw a green Toyota Camry in the crime scene parking lot, a social worker who knows more about Toolman than she’s willing to tell, and a whacked-out woman in Fort Myers who is probably Toolman’s mother. Jack tells Dee about the Special Ops location trackers, smart drones, data crunchers and a special hacker he knows.   But they don’t talk about their secrets; Dee doesn’t speak of her tangle of problems and Jack doesn’t tell Dee why he’s stashed his daughter where Toolman can’t find her, nor about his son, a Green Beret, in Columbia’s Cauca Valley. Still, they agree to team up to find Toolman and maybe kill the bastard.   

When Toolman kills again he hauls the body to Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs and suspends it above the altar. It’s a gruesome desecration meant as a warning that Dee could be next.

As Dee and Jack close in on Toolman, Simmons realizes that his cozy deal with the cartel will top the list of bargaining chips that Toolman will lay on the table to save his own ass. In desperation, Simmons orders Toolman to kill Dee.

Toolman is happy to oblige and he plans to track Dee as she deplanes at Tampa International. But it’s Spring Break, the traffic on the cross-bay bridges is horrendous and Toolman misses Dee at arrivals. Lucky for him, he spots another green-eyed brunette getting off the shuttle and one green-eyed brunette is as good as another. He tails her into Tampa, dupes his way into her beach house and begins his killing ritual. The woman is Jack’s daughter.

Dee and Jack are hot on Toolman’s trail guided by a Special Ops drone in the night sky.  When the drone green lights Toolman at the beach house, Jack bludgeons his way through the door. Dee is  steps behind him, Beretta drawn and ready for the kill. She can’t see in the darkness of the room but she hears Toolman telling her to drop the gun or the girl dies. She hears Jack telling her to do it and she lets the Beretta fall to the floor. As her eyes adapt to the darkness, she sees Jack on the floor and spots his daughter on her knees with a monstrous clamp around her neck. Toolman is laughing, squeezing the clamp’s handles.  Dee has a .32 caliber Airlite holstered in the small of her back with a round chambered and the safety clear. As she feels for the Airlite, a man steps through the door. It’s one of Simmons’ guys, with his gun drawn, and it’s enough to distract Toolman for the second it takes for Dee to aim the Airlite and put a bullet through Toolman’s head.     

A month later, Dee and Jack are honored for their actions with a ceremony at Tampa’s city hall.  Simmons, Dee’s crooked uncle, presides over the ceremony, his crimes undetected. After the ceremony, Dee and Jack drive across the bay to Tarpon Springs. They stop for a visit at Saint Nicholas Cathedral and together, they light a candle, smell the incense, and savor redemption.

 

Category/Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller
Updated: Weekly
Status: Ongoing