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Simple Simon


An Art Jefferson Thriller

eBook Edition Copyright © 2011  Ryne Douglas Pearson

First Edition Copyright © 1996  Ryne Douglas Pearson

Published By Schmuck & Underwood

“Wander Boy” Copyright © 1995 by Thad McCormack

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without written permission from the author, except for brief passages used for review purposes.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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The Art Jefferson Thriller Series


October’s Ghost

Capitol Punishment

Simple Simon


Table Of Contents






















Twenty One

Twenty Two

Twenty Three

Twenty Four

Twenty Five

Twenty Six







Rising Son

Keiko Kimura stood near the foot of the bed, a sheer white peignoir hanging from wispy straps to veil her still enticing form, thinking both that the American’s fledgling erection was unimpressive and that his blood was going to be the devil to get out of fine silk.

But she could not deny the rapture of that warm, red wetness rolling over her, nor the heights to which a scream could take her, and looking upon the pale body that was willingly four-pointed to the bedposts, she knew that ruined lingerie was an acceptable trade.

“Do me, mama-san,” the American beckoned with eyes hungry and limbs tugging joyously at the bindings he had insisted upon in pursuit of some masochistic fantasy. “Hurt me.”

“You want Keiko to spank you?” She skated one foot across the wood floor, then the other, until she stood bedside, black hair draped over either shoulder and dark eyes sweeping his body. As she sat upon the mattress her tongue slid into view and slowly wet her lips.

He smiled, teeth bared, chest heaving. His erection began to improve. “I want you to

Primal forces boiled within her as he spoke
, she thought. So perfect did he speak it, so clear and pure was his desire for it, that Keiko replayed the intonation over and over in her mind. After a very few repetitions she felt herself getting wet.

“Come on, mama-san, I’m needin’ this bad and I’m needin’ it soon…”

Keiko rolled her head once and then looked square at the American. His face was dotted with glistening beads of sweat. She imagined each tiny drop as a pearl of redness—blood tears that he was crying…crying for her.

Ooh, sweet one
, she thought, the warmth rising within, lifting her almost to the precipice before she called retreat.
Too much. Too much so soon
. There would be time enough for pleasure, but, as was necessary, business had to come at some point before her plaything was dead.

“Come on…” the American demanded now, with gritted teeth.

“You gotta do something for Keiko first,” she said, and slid a hand through the black curls on his chest. She found his nipple and squeezed it between thumb and forefinger.

“Unnhhh,” he groaned, his face contorted in the beginnings of an ecstatic agony. Or so he believed.

On the end of each finger was a perfectly filed natural nail, and with these Keiko now pinched. Hard, very hard, so much so that the American was drawn from his burgeoning erotic state to recoil from this

“HEY! Easy!”

With a force less impressive than might seem necessary, Keiko dug deep into the nipple and jerked her hand away, tearing it from his body, flinging the bit of soft, pink flesh aside. It hit the off-white wall, leaving a bright red starburst on the slick surface before falling to the floor.

You crazy fucking bitch!

He pulled and bucked and twisted and fought. Blood sprayed from his wound, flecks dotting Keiko’s face and the peignoir she had briefly fretted over. Her tongue appeared again and licked spots of blood from above her lip. Its taste, its simply being
her, made staying focused on the business end of things very difficult. Almost impossible. “You gotta talk to me, Joe.”

?” the American asked through the pain. He didn’t know that all American men were Joes in his tormentor’s mind.

“You not the only one paying Keiko tonight, Joe.” Her mouth tingled with the salty, coppery taste of his essence.
To bathe in it
, she thought. Soon, though never soon enough. “Someone wants to know what you know.”

His brow wrinkled at her words. A warm trickle ran down his ribs. “You’re a crazy fucking psycho! What the fuck do I know?!”

Keiko’s face expressed something—not a smile, nor a scowl. Nothing easily identified.
A beastly look upon the human form
, the American thought. Then he saw a knife come up from the side of the bed in her bloody hand.

“You know,” she said, holding the knife delicately by its shank, drawing slow figure eights in the air above his face.

“Know what?!” he shouted, nearly pleading now.

Now she smiled, lowering the knife to begin a hard night’s work. “It don’t matter, Joe. You gonna tell me everything about everything, and I’ll sort it out.” She pricked the tip of his nose and drew the blade slowly across her tongue, savoring the taste. His being was so fleeting, as would be her own ecstasy. In the morning, with this job behind her and with this plaything cast aside, the cravings would begin anew. With the cravings there would come a need. And for that need there would be someone, somewhere, who would provide satisfaction. Until then… “Just enjoy it, Joe. We got all night.”

*  *  *

Art Jefferson had been back in Chicago less than two months when he made an enemy of United States Attorney Angelo Breem.

“What in God’s name was that, Jefferson?” Breem demanded after catching up to the FBI’s number two man in Chicago on the courthouse steps and grabbing him by the elbow.

Art looked seriously at Breem’s spindly hand, and the U.S. Attorney wisely withdrew it. “What was what?”

Breem, still exasperated by his sprint to find Art after court adjourned, pointed a shaky finger at the man he considered a turncoat. “You know exactly what I’m talking about. What you testified to on that stand is going to let Kermit Fiorello walk!”

Art turned and took a step up so that he stood on equal footing with Breem. He towered over the zealous prosecutor by six inches. “I told the truth.”

“Christ, Jefferson! You know Fiorello’s guilty! Guilty as sin! He’s responsible for at least six contract murders, two of which we could have nailed on him, plus the racketeering charges, if YOU hadn’t gone soft!”

“Soft?” Art asked, his head cocking. A vein rose beneath his left temple. “Listen to me, Mr. U.S. Attorney, if you had had your
straight there would have been no need for me to testify at all. Your case was weak from the get-go. And so you decide to call me in to dredge up some ancient history on Fiorello? That was fifteen years ago, Breem. It had nothing to do with the paper-thin case you had until ten minutes ago. I didn’t kill your case; it committed suicide.”

Breem seethed, his fists balling at his side. He would have loved to swing at the cocky black agent. Mr. Big Shot coming back from his time on the coast. “He is guilty, Jefferson.”

“You think I don’t know that?” Art asked, leaning to get in Breem’s face. His features were pale and abrupt. “I was chasing Fiorello when you were at the prom.”

“Then why did you say he had nothing to do with the Carerra murder?”

“Because he didn’t!” Art backed off and shook his head. “If you’d bothered to check with me before calling me to the stand I could have set you straight on that. But, no, you base your whole case on that one crime. If Fiorello had Carerra whacked, then he had to do the same ten years later to Tangini, and then to Picone, etcetera. He did Tangini and Picone, but not Louie Carerra. Any agent who was around back then could tell you that.” He stabbed a solid finger at Breem’s red tie. “You didn’t do your homework, and because of that Kermit Fiorello is a free man once again. Thank yourself, Breem, before you blame someone else.”

With that Art showed the U.S. Attorney his back and trotted easily down the steps, ignoring the visual daggers being thrown his way. He cared little for people like Breem. All high profile talk, all grand drama in the courtroom, and no real smarts to carry the basics of a case from start to finish. Breem wanted to go places as fast as possible, and in this case he’d gone a damn sight too fast. It seemed that every damned U.S. Attorney wanted to get to D.C. and a nice office in the Department of Justice as quick as they could. Well, Angelo Breem’s path to the top had just been detoured, and Art had no illusions that the pipsqueak would blame him for it until the day he died.

So what
? Art asked himself as he reached the bottom of the steps and headed down Dearborn to grab a bite at Nico’s. He’d made worse enemies in a long career with the Bureau. What could one measly U.S. Attorney do to him?

*  *  *

Number 6601 needed surgery.

Circling the earth at 150 fifty nautical miles in a ninety-eight-degree sun-synchronous orbit, the two-billion dollar piece of electronic and imaging wizardry known as the KH-14 was just a year into its planned ten-year lifespan when the same shuttle that had placed it into orbit,
, blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral an hour before dawn. On the fourth revolution
rendezvoused with the reconnaissance satellite and precisely matched its course and speed. They were man-made moons in tandem orbit of Mother Earth.

As the sun set on the East Coast, two men from the planet earth exited
and moved via MMUs (manned maneuvering units) the ten yards to number 6601. One astronaut carried tools. The other carried a small case the size of a shoebox. It shone silver in the clear sunlight of space.

The astronaut with the tools opened an access panel on the huge satellite’s side, below and aft of its number two solar panel. He worked carefully and removed four bolts that held a red box in place. One cable went in the red box, and another came out. He disconnected these and pulled the red box free.

It took him twenty more minutes to put the silver box in and reconnect the cables.

After finishing the surgery, the astronauts took the red box with them and reentered
. They would continue with the “scientific” activities of mission 98-A for another eight days, then land back at Cape Canaveral, weather permitting.

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