Yeah, I’ll show ’em

Jim Whitlock checked into the motel at 6:10 on a Monday night. He paid cash. At 6:30, he walked across the street to a liquor store and bought a fifth...

Talk like one and you’ll be treated like one

Josh Watkins is mad. Damn mad. Watkins, born, raised and still living in Southeast Washington, is sitting at a coffee shop on South Capitol Street, and talking about how tough it...

‘You didn’t suffer enough’

It started a little over three years ago, on a Thursday afternoon, when the boss called him in. Something told him the sky was about the fall. He reached...

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...

Season of dread

Unlike a lot of people, Patsy Ellington hates the Christmas holidays. The holidays mean more phone calls, more long hours and more stress dealing with more people who just...

‘She’s in the water and she’s dead’

Saturday afternoon. Davis Ford Road. Prince William County, Virginia. About 30 miles southwest of Washington. Her first weekend out in months, a rare day of feeling good after more than...

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...

When the job no longer matters

He used to care. The job used to matter. That, as the kids say, was then. This is now. Now it's just a job, something to bring the money, which...

If the fear never stops, then God help the next one

She got on the Metro Orange Line at West Falls Church and walked past where Michael was sitting. He tried not to look. He didn’t want to look. He tried...

The high price of deceit

She walks into the bar, as Joe Diffey once sang, one hip at a time. Nobody could miss her. He sure didn't. He couldn't believe his luck. She sashays over to...