TITLE: A Mistake
GENRE: Adult mystery
Calpurnia Madison knows exactly where home is. She’s staring in that direction now, just to the right of the American flag on the Brooklyn tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, ignoring her client’s meandering explanations, excuses, and futile demands.
She’s heard it all before. Even for eight hundred and fifty dollars an hour, it’s difficult to pay attention to yet another criminal’s self-justification.
In her mind’s eye, Cal sees the pile of materials stashed in the second bedroom in her apartment. Paint, rollers, brushes, wallpaper. The crib folded up in the hall. The cloth organizer to be hung. The monitor to be installed.
In retrospect, she should have started maternity leave this week. At least it’s Thursday.
She’s decided she’s never coming back to the office. It’s a matter of when—and how—to inform Tom.
“Hey. Are you even listening to me?”
The man sitting across from Cal is named Clancy, after the Irish folk group, not the author. He is another hot-headed twenty-four-year-old investment banker who thinks the world owes him a worry-free life of money, sex and drugs, in no particular order. He wears fake glasses made of solid gold, a thick goatee, and no tie. Tendrils of a colorful tat climb his neck from under the collar. The aroma of Gucci Pour Homme follows him everywhere. He skated through Harvard, snagged a six-figure job, and has earned a bonus that triples his salary. But he snorted a line in the wrong place at the wrong time and now suddenly everything is his lawyer’s fault.