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Black Lens: Part XIX

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

Read on as the unveiling continues.

Every Wednesday on Mulholland Books.

With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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The Cop

 

Jimmy Scott was in the pub, the day of his supposed murder.

Trying not to consider that very fact.

And stay sober.

Such a thought was enough to drive anybody to drink. Ran over the various scenarios, like what?

He’d go back to his room and the assassin

Assassin/s?

Would jump him?

He couldn’t picture it.

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Black Lens: Part XVIII

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

Read on as the unveiling continues.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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I’M A FIVE AND DIME BASTARD.’

RANSOM ON HIS HERITAGE.

 

Before his final release, at the age of 32, Ransom, met, in the joint, a former inmate of

Alcatraz

And

Key member of Ma Barkers gang. Continue reading “Black Lens: Part XVIII”

Black Lens: Part XVII

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

Read on as the unveiling continues.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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OLIVER CROMWELL.

( 1600 – 58)

Ireland’s first and only commoner Lord/lieutenant. Backed by a massive army, best known for his merciless destruction of the town of Drogheda and his policy of ‘No Prisoners’ He styled himself as a

Liberator

From

Irish barbarism

Royalist misrule

And

Catholic hypocrisy.

*

Rattigan came round, sitting in a hard chair, in his room at Sundance.

A beat.

Then, the image of the headless body flooded his mind and he screamed.

Opened his eyes, lit on Cromwell, who was sitting by the head, smoking a cheroot, his minder, to Rattigan’s left.

It was then that he noticed that the initial terror, horror, seemed to be receding, and a strange calm was building up from his chest.

Cromwell said

‘The sedative should be kicking in now, chilling you way down.’

It sure as hell was.

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Black Lens: Part XVI

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

Read on as the unveiling continues.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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The Cop, the Girl… and Scott

More confident after t the second bout, he noticed a large mark, like a badly healed skin graft just across her abdomen.

He didn’t want to ask,

lest,

she tell Him?

She followed his eyes.  Picked up the thread of his thoughts:

‘You want to know?’

He sat up, the urge for a cigarette nigh ferocious said

‘I don’t know.’

She gave a bitter smile, said

‘Nothing is worse, nothing, than not knowing.’

The moment had fled and he would always regret not asking. She got out of bed, began to pull on clothes, said

‘We need to prepare for tomorrow.’

His murder?

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Black Lens: Part XV

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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‘Blood is our only permanent history, and blood history does not admit of revision.Or
So
Some
Of us
Believe.’
–Harry Crews

The Cop

The hotel was, he’d tried to warn her, a shit hole.

C’mon, if he knew he was going to, um … score, would he have been there?

Yeah, right.

Said

‘You ever read the English writer, Patrick Hamilton?’

No.

But on the side of etiquette, she asked, like she could give a fuck-

‘What did he write?’

Where to start, ok, go with the movie, always an in,

‘Rope?’

Nope.

Moving on

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Black Lens: Part XIV

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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The Cop

He felt an ice chill down his spine, thought

‘Jesus, touchable.’

He’d been tracking the Cabal, obsessing over them, like some damn schmuck rookie, he’d never figured, they

They

Knew about him.

She saw his fear, said

‘Use it.’

Took him a moment then

‘What?’

She drained the glass, the gal could sure put the shit away, said

‘Creepy –crawl, Ransom’s term for instilling fear based on Ransom’s credo, ‘Do the unexpected, No sense makes sense, you won’t get caught if you don’t got thought in your head.’

And she smiled, that ravishing radiance, said

‘Sounds like Ransom’s utter crap but it persuaded those middle class all American girls to butcher a pregnant woman and those attendant.’

His mind was reeling, a black lens of evil potency, and he asked

Had to

‘Why are you warning me?’

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Black Lens: Part XIII

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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‘CHERCEZ LA FEMME.’

The cop was getting excited.

Seriously excited.

He’d read the news about the Manson interview.

He was , as was now his habitual London gig,

sitting at the corner table in the Earl’s Court’s pub,

The Nelson.

It had two major bonuses:

1…..The ubiquitous Ozzie community shunned it.

2. ..It had ice cold Bud.

Thank fook. In a country that prided itself on tepid to warm bitter, a CHILLED Bud was a true find.
He’d learned the custom of asking the barman:

‘Something for yerself?’

Their system of tipping he figured.  What the hell ever, you bought the guy a brew, he treated you like you mattered. Meaning,

His corner table was reserved for him, the next Bud brought to him as he finished the previous.

Got to love it.

His bottle near full as he poured over his research. The birthday of the beast, Alistair Crowley was close.

The same day Manson had been arrested.

And now the interview.

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Black Lens: Part XII

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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BLACK LISTED

Sundance was wonderful, the starlet’s flocked round him.

Back of his mind was the niggling thought,

Cabal.

But fuck ‘em.

He was a

STAR.

Redford even said hello.

Chugging Tequila’s, listening to The White Stripes, he figured

‘Top of the freaking world Ma.’

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Black Lens: Part XI

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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The Proposal.

The actor was summoned to Cromwell’s penthouse on the top floor of Browns’.

Rhatigan, his stage name, suited him, it was

Memorable

Macho

Had that Brando ring to it.

He’d been a struggling bit part player when Cromwell came to visit him in the piss poor bungalow he was renting at the foot of The Hollywood Hills.

Rhatigan looked like a young second choice Jimmy Woods and the operative word for his career was

Stalled.

Only that would imply it had once been on a trajectory.

It hadn’t.

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Black Lens: Part X

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

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With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

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Having delivered his ultimatum Cromwell paused.

Watched his flock

Some calm

Resolved.

Some on edge

Clearly nervous

Steeling  themselves for

The foreordained

A collective bloodletting.

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