Suddenly, they were gone

He had been out of touch, away from phones and civilization, working on a job that took him deep into far away places. So he was surprised when two men...

Respect means packing a nine

Jamal struts when he walks. It's a proud strut, because Jamal packs respect. He's got a nine. That's a nine-millimeter, a Glock 17 with a 19-shot clip and enough firepower to...

Having it all and having nothing

Donnie’s $375,000 a year job offered all the amenities of life: nice home in Potomac, Mercedes in the garage, membership in the right country club and a trophy wife. That...

Life in the fast lane

Nighttime. United Flight 250. Somewhere between Denver and Washington's Dulles Airport. Ignore dinner. Pull out laptop and start work on new communications plan for client. Beeper goes off (well, vibrates...

Change of heart

Thursday afternoon. Rush hour. Thom Hendrickson felt the first twinge of pain as he turned his Honda off the Beltway onto Chain Bridge Road in Northern Virginia. It wasn’t much...

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe

He'd been in the city for 16 years. A long time. Maybe too long. "Maybe it's time to go back to your roots," a friend said. "Back home." Home. Where is home? He...

Requiem for a mean S.O.B.

Everyone who worked for Mac Alexander agreed he was a sour, unfeeling son-of-a-bitch. "Battery acid," said one. "Cut him and he bleeds battery acid." Mac Alexander ran construction jobs in and...

Love, D.C. style

He woke up before dawn, as he often does after a night of drinking. With a full bladder, he struggled out of bed and headed for the bathroom, but the...

I said ‘I do’ but it can mean ‘not always’

Mariah waits in the Arlington Hospital emergency room, dreading what she knows is coming. When the doctor walks in, she cringes. Christ, another man. The last thing she needs. "What seems...

One day, maybe people will understand

She sips her coffee slowly and examines the cup, searching for the best way to put her feelings into words. "I’m not quite sure how to describe this," she says. Why...