The Love- Haight Case Files #1
Supernatural beings are willing to fight for their legal rights!
Since the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco has been known for attracting weird and unconventional souls, but things got even stranger when the monsters moved in.
Magic has returned to the world and with it a host of supernatural creatures—not just vampires and ghosts, but sentient gargoyles, ghouls, sprites, faeries, and more. The frightened citizenry, holier-than-thou bigots, headline-seeking reporters, and harried police refer to them as OTs (Other-Than-Humans), but Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love believe even supernatural creatures have legal rights.
Delve into their case files for a genre-bending mix of mystery, horror, suspense, thrills, courtroom drama, and romance. The city’s OT element is sometimes malevolent, sometimes misunderstood, and often discriminated against. Brock and Love represent them all, dead, undead, or alive—whatever the case, whatever the species.
“Let me be blunt, Your Honor, these are children we are talking about, and that—” again she gestured with a manicured nail. “That is a well-dressed corpse, a ghoul, a desiccated, stinking, no … reeking-to-high-heaven … ghoul. Children should not be exposed to that. These children—”
“Excuse me,” Thomas cut in. “I’d prefer you address my client as Mr. Holder or the children’s father, and that you stop the verbal bullying.”
“Yes. Casting disparaging comments is editorializing and unacceptable in my courtroom, Ms. Wyndam-Smyth,” the judge said. “And, I’d thought, beneath you.”
Score. Thomas barely managed to keep the smile off his face.
A hissing breath escaped from Ms. Wyndam-Smyth’s coral-painted lips. Thomas noted that, ever the professional, she kept her voice even. She was good, but she was far from the firm’s best, meaning that while the partners had thought this case important enough to assign one of their rising stars, they had either considered it a sure-win that did not require the finesse of a senior attorney, or more likely believed the matter would be outright dismissed. There was little in the California laws that pertained to rights for the undead, and therefore dismissal had been a possibility.
“My apologies, Your Honor.” Wyndam-Smyth nodded toward Thomas’s table. “Mr. Holder is clearly dead, and we contend that if the children were forced to spend time with him, they could be damaged emotionally and physically. Studies show that people can be traumatized by associating with the dead.”
The judge looked to Thomas for rebuttal, again avoiding eye contact with Holder.
“That’s simple and ugly prejudice.” Thomas was almost too quick to provide a counter, but he railed against discrimination, especially against OTs. He’d been championing OT causes ever since college when he had a vampire roommate. “Other studies—though admittedly few have been done on the matter—show that association with undead such as Mr. Holder is no more psychologically damaging than association with certain types of living individuals. In fact, one study suggests a positive response because—”
“I also said ‘physically.’ We contend that the children would face serious bodily harm—if not death—were they to spend time with their father.”
Thomas realized he had scored another point. Wyndam-Smyth had just referred to the ghoul as the children’s father. Evelyn realized it too; she gently nudged his foot with her own and quickly wrote on a legal pad.
Wyndam-Smyth stood and smoothed at her skirt. “Ghouls eat flesh, your honor; that is a fact. The children would most certainly be in jeopardy. That is why my client has rebuffed her former husband’s every attempt to contact them. Marilee Cobb does not want her children devoured.” Wyndam-Smyth held up a photograph of a young boy and girl dressed in school uniforms. “Handing Gabrielle and Caleb over to their father could be tantamount to handing them a death sentence.”
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About the author
Jean Rabe writes with dogs wrapped around her feet. She wears mismatched clothes and 18-year-old worn-out (but seriously comfortable) sandals to work. When the weather is fine she writes on her back porch. Jean loves summer.
She calls herself a mutt because she writes bits of this and bits of that, not sticking to one genre. She writes mostly mysteries, but also urban fantasy, high fantasy, and sometimes science fiction.
She began getting published when in the sixth grade, studied journalism at Northern Illinois University, then went to work as a news reporter…eventually for Scripps Howard, where she managed their Western Kentucky bureau. Getting itchy feet, she moved to Wisconsin and went to work for TSR, Inc., the then-producers of the Dungeons & Dragons game. She dipped her itchy feet into the fiction pool and wrote Dragonlance novels for several years. Now she’s back in Illinois, surrounded by train tracks that offer music to write by. And there are plenty of dogs in the neighborhood to provide an accompaniment.
She is a recipient of the Faust, the grand master award of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and the Illinois Author Project’s Soon-to-be Famous Award. She’s won three Silver Falchion awards from Killer Nashville, with co-author Donald J. Bingle. Jean has also been on the USA Today’s Bestseller list several times.
She’s written more than forty fantasy, mystery, and adventure novels (including some ghosted projects), more short stories than she’s bothered to count, and edited magazines and anthologies. She is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW).
When writing, she listens to classical guitar and 60s rock. And at every good opportunity she tosses tennis balls for her cadre of dogs.
- The Faust, the grandmaster award from the IAMTW (International Association of Media Tie-In Writers) for lifetime achievement
- The Illinois Author Project’s Soon-to-be-Famous award for The Bone Shroud
- Three Silver Falchion Awards from Killer Nashville mystery writers’ convention for The Love-Haight Case Files written with Donald J. Bingle
• Finalist for the International Thriller Writer’s novel contest for Pockets of Darkness
Donald J. Bingle
He was the Keeper of the World’s Largest Kazoo. He made up the science of Neo-PsychoPhysics for a time travel roleplaying game. He is a member of The International Thriller Writers. He once successfully limboed under a pole only nineteen inches off the ground. He has written short stories about killer bunnies, civil war soldiers, detectives, Renaissance Faire orcs, giant battling robots, demons, cats, werewolves, time travelers, ghosts, time-traveling ghosts, spies, barbarians, a husband accused of murdering his wife, dogs, horses, gamers, soldiers, Neanderthals, commuters, kender, Victorian adventurers, lawyers, and serial killers (note the serial comma). Of those subjects, he has occasional contact in real life only with dogs, cats, gamers, lawyers, and commuters (unless some of those are, unknown to him, really time travelers, ghosts, demons, serial killers, spies, and/or murder suspects). He prefers gamers to commuters. He prefers dogs to cats. He once received an anonymous lapel pin from the Time Travel Research Association for his contributions to time travel; he promises to get around to making those contributions someday soon. He was once hit by lightning. He was the world’s top-ranked tournament player of classic roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons for more than fifteen years. His is a member of the Horror Writers Association. He was an Eagle Scout. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He used to write movie reviews for Knights of the Dinner Table, a comic book about gamers. He is a retired attorney. He has likely attended Gen Con for more years than you have been alive. He has a fascinating website at http://www.donaldjbingle.com. He’s had eight books and more than sixty short stories published. He can no longer successfully crawl under a pole only nineteen inches off the ground.
Web page: www.jeanrabe.com
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