Yours for the calling

Thursday night. Private club. Washington. Callie walks into the bar on the arm of a reciprocal member. That’s someone from out-of-town who belongs to a club that has reciprocal membership...

Child’s play

He knocked off work early so he could meet her. When he picked her up, she nudged up next to him in the seat and rubbed the inside of his...

The old bait and switch

Laura McAdams met Ron Aptid after work one night at Capital City Brewing, a popular D.C. nightspot near Union Station. They hit it off. Dinner two nights later. A show...

A pirate looks at 50

It started with a notice from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), announcing that he would soon be eligible for membership. Then a Statement of Earnings arrived from the...

When a stranger calls

She jumped when the phone rang. It rang again. She looked at it with fear. She didn’t want to answer it. It was him. She knew it was him. She looked at...

Raped once, raped twice

Sunday morning. Early. Not too hot yet. Connie Ericsson ignored the few other joggers on the path as she worked up to speed. Five miles. Not much of a workout...

A body to die for

At age 43, Melody Robertson had a body that men would die for and women would kill for. Her long legs and flat stomach were as lean and hard as...

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...

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...

‘Suddenly, all hell broke loose’

Connie McCarthy needed cat food and left her house in Northern Virginia shortly after 10 on a Saturday morning. A flyer in the paper listed a good price at a...