In my novel, Agent for Justice, Detective Parker Havenot reminisces about his favorite instructor during his intensive training to be a homicide detective.
(He) spent considerable time discussing what he called the naturals, those police officers who possessed a level of intuition far above average.
“They’ll see red flags where other investigators see nothing but black and white,” he had said. Parker dismissed the theory, feeling that every profession had its outstanding people and its average people. Not everyone can be at the top of the class. (p. 259-Agent for Justice)
Did Parker’s instructor have something? One can only hope that the investigators, now in the ninth year of investigating the murder of Stacey Burns, are the naturals with the intuition to see red flags, not just black and white.
I wonder if Parker Havenot would have this case solved by now.
Excert from “The Collector” by Nora Roberts: “No point in telling good detectives, they would have figured that out. No point in telling lousy detectives anything”.
Steve Roland was a “natural.” His retirement was most unfortunate. Again though I truly believe the detectives figured this one out pretty quickly and the delay is because N.H. justice dept is to politically motivated to ever try a challenging case. A loss would crush these little snowflakes. It’s probably a good thing anyway, Ed would eat jeffies lunch.