The Missus, by Bill CameronA brotherhood of cops, a boy accused of murder, and the broken-down detective who broke ranks to sort it all out.

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“The Missus” takes place shortly after the events of Chasing Smoke, when Skin returns to work as a homicide detective after his eventful medical leave. He expects to spend a quiet time reviewing cold cases and getting back on his feet. Instead, his new lieutenant—and former partner—hands him a hot capital case with explosive implications. The story also introduces Joey Getchie, the main character of Property of the State, book one of The Legend of Joey.

Spoiler Alert: This story, told from the point of view of detective Skin Kadash, references events from Property of the State—the young adult mystery series featuring Joey Getchie. Though the events in “The Missus” are of singular significance to Joey, they occur five years before Property of the State, and Skin’s view of them is very different from the fragments Joey remembers. That said, this story could be seen as containing a minor spoiler or two for Property of the State.