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Looking out at the crowd, he sensed that HIM here was just as impossible — he’d know the police now had him pegged as a darktown car thief — he’d avoid South Central like the plague.
Woody Jordan and Bob Cavanaugh, another veteran of the Murder Task Force, were assigned to defend Kevin Dean, forty-two, a convicted car thief and drug addict who was charged with shooting Officer James Camp during a struggle over the officer’s gun.
Zoot stick assaults were being tapped at station houses citywide; car thief MO’s were being collated; he told Jack Shortell to start calling wild-animal breeders, zoo suppliers, animal trappers and fur wholesalers, cross-reference them with dental tech and go.
It is certain no one will remember, when I am gone, that I was a man who first published Lenny B.uce; that I saved two hundred acres of watershed land from developers; that I once singlehandedly caught a car thief and on another occasion deduced the identity of a cat burglar and was instrumental in his capture; that I corresponded with the mysterious B. Traven and published his first book of short stories; that it was I who manipulated Mystery Writers of America into paying authors and editors who contributed to their anthologies.
John Lembeck was Janice’s lover/pimp, a car thief specializing in custom orders: stolen chassis for the basic vehicle, parts stolen to exact specifications.
I was the ace car thief of San Berdoo County right before the war.