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A Leprechaun's Lament
by Wayne Zurl

Sam Jenkins Mysteries

A Retirement Prospect

On a cloudy Thursday in April, Detective Lieutenant Sam Jenkins retired from a very large and overworked police department in New York.

The next day, he and his wife, Kate, closed the sale on their Long Island home, put their Scottish terrier, Bitsey, in the car, and drove to East Tennessee. They had vacationed there several times and purchased land with a view on the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains.

In retirement, they planned to travel and take advantage of a slower lifestyle. But that didn’t last. Kate took on several volunteer jobs, and Sam, bought a mid-life crisis car, a restored 1967 Austin-Healy 3000. Then he created the ultimate vegetable garden.

After years of relative idleness, Jenkins realized the missing element in his life was the adrenalin kick he got from being a cop. Coincidentally, the neighboring town of Prospect began looking for a new police chief. It was a match made in heaven—well almost.
 

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