Monday, November 12, 2012

CWA: Danger in Denver



Ah, the fresh mountain air of Denver, Colorado. You had been here once before as a child with your parents and loved it. You can't wait to meet up with the private eye that Tasha and Dalton spoke about his morning at breakfast. After leaving the rainforest the cruise ship flew through out the night until it reached the sky over the Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. You had watched the ship descend into the park from your cabin. The magnificent sight had captivated you so much you had almost forgotten to get ready for the day! 

After breakfast, Tasha had announced you would all be taking a shuttle from the park to Denver where you would meet a private eye downtown. You had hoped you would be able to explore the park but Tasha has said that would be impossible. The longer the ship stayed hidden in the canyon the more people would wonder why they couldn't hike down their favorite trail. The trail had been closed by the park to the public with a warning there were a family of bears in the area and it was best for the public to stay away. Only those on the cruise ship knew the truth. Dalton had a contact within the National Park Service that allowed him to park the cruise ship whenever he wanted within a national park as long as he gave the park manager a couple of day's warning before doing so. You wonder just who else your hosts might know.

Just when you thought you had seen it all, a couple of shuttle buses had driven out of the side of the cruise ship as if they had been part of the wall. You couldn't tell if your eyes were deceiving you or not but the wall of the ship looked to be in tact. How was that at all possible. The shuttle buses changed colors before you eyes and instantly matched one of the several hotel shuttle buses have seen before. You climbed on board and enjoyed the long ride with your other cruise mates. What else awaited for you in Denver?
The Denver Skyline By FionaG999 @http://www.flickr.com/photos/53994845@N07/7823805928/

Hey, welcome to Denver, Colorado.  I’m Reed Ferguson and I’m a private eye.  I live just north of downtown Denver.  I know what you’re thinking, how can that dashing brown-haired guy with the hazel eyes be a detective?  Shouldn’t he be an actor or a model?  Just kidding.  I’m a pretty ordinary guy who struggled to find out what I wanted to do with my life.  I love film noir and detective fiction, so I decided to hang up my shingle and become a private eye.  And it’s been an adventure… 
I’m going to start our tour at B 52’s, a local bar where I love to hang out and play pool with my friends, Ace and Deuce Smith (yes, that’s really their names).  B 52’s is a stone’s throw from Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies play.  I love to sit out in right field and watch games because you also get an incredible view of the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Next let’s walk to my office, located near the 16th Street Mall, an outdoor mall that runs the through a good portion of downtown Denver.  There are lots of nice shops and restaurants here, surrounded by skyscrapers.

My first case, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies, takes place in December, and the mall is beautiful this time of the year because the city decorates the trees on the mall with lights and many of the buildings sport holiday lights as well.  When it snows, it’s breathtaking.
The Denver Theater of Performing Arts is just a block away, so we’ll stop there for a show.  Someday I hope they’ll show some classic film noir, like The Big Sleep or Double Indemnity. This city isn’t nearly as big as New York City or Chicago, but we’ve got a charm of our own.  And if you love skiing, hiking, or other outdoor activities, then this is the place!  If you’ve got time before the cruise leaves, rent a car and go up into the mountains.  You’ll be blown away by the scenery.
Well, here we are at my office.  It’s pretty unspectacular, except for the film noir posters on the walls.  I’m searching for some missing show dogs, and I’ve got to get to work.  I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Denver, and enjoy your next stop on the cruise.

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Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, the Reed Ferguson mystery series (This Doesn't Happen In The Movies, Reel Estate Rip-off, The Maltese Felon, and the short story Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat), The Noah Winters YA Adventure series (The Emerald Quest), Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.

Ren
ée has been called “a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre” and “a powerful storyteller”.  Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.

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