Chapter 1

Chapter 1

To the Mayans, December 21, 2012 is considered the end of the world.  Christians believe that no one knows the hour or the day of Jesus’ coming.  To the corpse of William Babble, who was neither a Mayan or a hardcore Christian, it made no difference.  William Babble, if he had been alive, would still not care.  As CEO of Cordtex Industries, the only thing that matter to William Babble was profits and how much taxes his company could avoid.

His nude 65 year old body was found on the floor of his Malibu bedroom.  James Gladd, who is a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, was kneeling by the body of the victim looking for any clues to the man’s death.  Gladd is 35 years old, divorced with no children, and has a pet parrot named Sasha.  Mr. Babble had no marks on his body, unless one counted the “Semper Fi” tattoo on his upper right arm.  He ran a billion dollar tire company that was started by his grandfather in 1899.  He had been married twice and had four sons by his second wife, Leah.  His sons’ names (in order of age) are Warren, Frederick, Disraeli (or “Dizzy”), and Edwin.  Along with seven other people, they are on the board of Cordtex Industries.

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