Hi, Linda here. It’s my turn to take over for the Boss, who’s still on stress-rest (poor thing). Given my colleagues’ recent topics—Rey’s favorite films and JJ’s personal peeves and pleasures—I opted to go with favored perp, villain or suspect, someone met during our four major cases that we hold/held a certain fondness or admiration for. (The Boss liked the idea and thought she would feature “fav” fiction/film baddies later.)
I rather liked Buddy Feuer (Coco’s Nuts). Vassar-educated Buddy had beauty, brains, and boldness (and was cooler than an English cuke). She was so easy to like and admire. And what you see/saw, wasn’t necessarily what you get/got, either. <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>
She came from money, but due to circumstances beyond her control, like her father shooting a metal projectile into his thieving accountant’s fleshy forehead, there was no inheritance to be had. Did that depress her? No. She learned how to drive a truck and worked for one of the biggest firms on the Islands.
She’s still making a good living at it and I have no doubt that she’ll go places—and not just on eighteen wheels.
I have to go with WP Howell, a wealthy gent who hired us for the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? case, our first professional one. The guy wanted us to find dirt on his young pretty wife, Carmie.
Howell was a multi-millionaire and philanderer, among other things, and was distinguished on so many levels. He had this welcoming smile and was in great shape for someone in his 70s. He had this amazing head of white bushy hair (kind of like the Man from Glad back when) and these sand-brown, dime-round eyes that were really intense. His smile and laugh were pretty powerful, too.
Howell had strength and doggedness that came from having and making money in droves. You couldn’t help but be in awe of someone like that.
I’m partial to Coco “Mr. Lookeeng Goo-ood” Peterson from Coco’s Nuts, a fellow trucker associate of Buddy’s. This guy seemed to have chance/luck perpetually on his side, maybe because he was best friends with a mobster’s son. According to Buddy, he had a gap the width of the Suez Canal between his two huge front teeth, bile-green eyes, and so loved flicking his tongue like a gecko on amphetamines. Apparently, Coco believed he was super cute and sexy when he did that.
Odd looks and mannerisms aside, motor-mouthed Coco sounded like he could be a committed chum or a piercing thorn in your side, depending on whether he liked you. He came across as so intriguingly weird, the three of us wished we could have met him; the I’m-so-hot-I-sizzle personality would have made for a very entertaining get-together.
What about you? Who’s your favorite villain (or near-villain)?
Oh, as an FYI, I think Rey meant philanthropist and not philanderer (Howell did like women, but he wasn’t a womanizer). <LOL>