The bright sun shone into the dark room through the thin slits in the blinds. Inside everything was covered in shadow. The lone private investigator sat alone at the one desk flipping through papers. Rowan Winters, Private Investigator was painted in thick swirling letters on the single pane of glass that had been set in the door. To Rowan the words were backwards, but to anyone else they were an invitation.
That is because rumours had recently begun to spread throughout the city of Kapou of a private investigator who could find anything or anyone no matter how much effort was put into hiding them. It was only a matter of time until Rowan could investigate something a little more complicated than a cheating boyfriend or a lost ring.
Rowan lit up one of the cigars from the top drawer of the desk just as a knock came to the door.
“Come in.” The PI called.
A lone policeman entered the office.
“Dude, what is this? A noire film. It’s 2017. Why don’t you open the blinds or turn on some lights?” He exclaimed.
“Do I look like a dude to you?” Rowan took a puff of her cigar.
“And is that even legal? Aren’t there, like, laws that state that you cannot legally do that?” He coughed.
She chuckled to herself. “Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” She placed the cigar on the ashtray that sat on the desk before opening the blinds. “Besides you’re a police officer, shouldn’t you know if that was legal or not?”
“Um, obviously I knew that.” He gave her a strange look.
“Sure you did.” She said as she sat down in her chair. “Now why are you here?”
“Ma’am. There is someone we need to find urgently. We have had no luck. Will you please help us? I promise that you will be paid.”
“It’s my job to find people. Now who do you need me to find?”
He smiled in thanks. “There has been a murder. It’s a strange one and we can’t make heads or tails of anything. We need you to find the murderer.” He walked up to the desk. “I have the files here and if you need anything else just call this number.” He placed a file and a small slip of paper on her desk. “Thank you so much.”
“I have just one question?”
“Are there any objects you know for sure the suspect would have touched?”
To be continued…