“How does that make you feel, Phil?”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “I called for the ‘copter,” Chris reported, “And it’s on the way as are rescue/recovery specialists. I also contacted Captain Halloran—she says her boats turned-away two large yachts—simply by asking their destinations. Even better—tug captains Jerkowitz and Wennen-Miller not just turned-away three boats, each with 10 hitmen, they rammed them with their tugs, boarded the boats and brawled their way to capturing all—with no casualties—other than Joey’s black eye.”

“Very well, let’s finish-up here,” Boomer sighed. And then surprised all by stating, “Now let’s find the Silverthorns!”

“But NCIS and FBI are on the case—right?” Jay Cooper drawled, grinning—knowing what response was coming

“This is OUR county and OUR friends,” Boomer was not smiling, “We’ll investigate quietly and try to stay under the radar. Chris? Tell the tugs to meet us at Hidden Cove so we can take their prisoners to jail.”

“Already ordered, boss,” Chris grinned. Continue reading

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There were no visible survivors

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “Thanks,” AJ grinned, “Shadow will make a great undercover car.”

“I heard a rumor—you’ve given notice at the airfield?”

“Yep, and my assistant has applied for the job—she loves the administrivia of the job, and the hands-on supervision of airfield staff—I couldn’t ask for a better replacement.”

“Hey look! Company’s coming,” Boomer turned towards the approaching vehicles, “The gang’s all here!”

Sure enough—the A-Team pulled-up, “We got some news, Boss.”

“Don’t keep me in suspenders, Mac…”

“You don’t wear them,” Mac replied, “But with your gut…”

“We got a line on the next group of hitmen,” Chris got right down to business, “There’s a bus-load just leaving Danger Bay—and looks like they’re heading for this road.”

“How convenient!” Continue reading

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“We got some news, Boss.”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: Aboard a Tour Bus on High Bluff Overlook Road… This is one of the most popular non-lake tours available in Moosehead County, following the entire bluff line from near Grand Marais all the way to the north county line.

I’m not bringing you here for giggles—or to elicit a height-induced nosebleed—but to suggest that perhaps—just perhaps, Kiwi is correct in her surmise they are on a high bluff.

Just look at the view, GENTLE READER!

You couldn’t get me to stand near that guard rail!

Then again I could be misdirecting you—not that I would EVER do such a thing… Continue reading

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“Now let us look for a way out of here.”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: The remaining NCIS and FBI teams arrived just as Smith and Jones were entering the private office, “He’s not using this place?”

“No Carstairs, he doesn’t—he says his office is his squad car,” NCIS AIC (agent-in-charge) Jones replied.

“A ‘doer’ not a bureaucrat? How refreshing,” Carstairs laughed at his own little dig at the FBI AIC.

“Shut-up, Carstairs.”

“Let’s get to work,” Jones suggested.

Meanwhile—At an undisclosed location… “What do they want from us, Hiram?”

“I have no idea, Kiwi—I have no idea. Continue reading

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“What do they want from us, Hiram?”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “Like now, perhaps,” Mac said as he observed an official-looking Dodge Charger drive up, park, and disgorge two men—one an FBI agent and the other an NCIS agent.

“Are you Sheriff Boomer? I’m NCIS Special Agent in Charge Jedidiah Jones of the Lake Superior District.”

“I am,” Boomer replied, these gentlemen are Deputy US Marshal in Charge of the Arrowhead Marshal’s Office Carl McIntyre, and his brother, Merle, and Sheriff’s Deputy, AJ Boardman. How may we help you?”

“By staying out of our way,” FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Duluth Office of the FBI, Phillip Smith, perhaps a little too briskly, said.

“The Sheriff doesn’t answer to you, young fella,” Mac rumbled, “He answers to the voters of this county—and is a long-time friend of the Silverthorn family.” Continue reading

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“Aw, c’mon, Phil—do you have to be such an ass?”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: After giving the two, whose names were given (and confirmed by the on-duty deputy). Mac & Merle interviewed the spies, “Well Allen, and Jerry, are you ready to commit to our offer?”

“Yes we have—we’re very-good at what we do…”

“Except hanging-out at an empty bar…”

“Except that, it was a ‘learning experience’ we’ll not forget. We’d much rather work inside the law than outside it—we accept.”

“Very well,” Merle rumbled, “First—lose those beer mugs.” Continue reading

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“First—lose those beer mugs”

KIDNAPPED Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: When Sheriff Boomer and undercover Deputy AJ burst into his office—the look on Edward Mariucci’s face would’ve made a great law enforcement portrait entitled “It’s All Over Mariucci!” so great was his surprise.

“We need to chat, Eddie,” AJ said with an oh-so-wicked-grin.

“Has anyone ever mentioned—you are the spittin’ image of my chief deputy?” Boomer asked.

“What is this about, sheriff?”

“Putting a hit out on my son-in-law for starters,” Boomer replied, “The FBI caught your hit men when they picked-up Alphonso’s cellphone left behind for you in Chicago. They sang like off-key canaries.”

“He’s your son-in-law?”

“Life is full of surprises for you today.”

“I have a lot of information I could give you,” Mariucci suggested, “If we can cut a deal.”

“You’ll have to talk with the feds,” Boomer replied, “The FBI wants to speak with you, and by now, I suspect they’re outside waiting for you.”

Another surprise! Continue reading

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“How did you escape?”

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: Mac and Merle each ordered a beer and casually walked over to the two men,

“It MUST be beer o’clock somewhere, right fellas?”

“I reckon,” the spy in the brown cowboy hat and biker-jacket replied—and then fell silent as if to say “move along, we ain’t interested in conversation.”

“You’re not very friendly,” Mac rumbled—it was not a friendly rumble.

It was then brown-hat turned and looked up—way up at Mac & Merle.

Both were grinning in the “we’re looking for trouble and you’re our chosen victims” precursor to a bar fight manner, “Uh—sorry mister.”

“You may become even sorrier—Mariucci is wondering why you haven’t contacted him,” Merle’s voice—ominous.

“Finish your beers,” Mac added, “And then come with us—don’t make a fuss, that would not be healthy.”

Ya think? Continue reading

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Another surprise!

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “Watch the lad here mimic Mariucci’s henchman, French—I predict three seconds—tops!”

“Mr Mariucci, it’s French—I escaped,” AJ said—standing on a crate to appear tall enough to be French.

“ANDY!” Mariucci replied, “How did you escape?”

“I faked being more disabled by the gunshot than I really was… and walked-out right past a sleeping deputy.”

Boomer grinned at the Superior cops, “That ‘sleeping deputy’ was my wide awake chief deputy. Doc McLean is not easily fooled and was quite aware of French’s feigned poor recovery. We wanted him to escape.”

AJ waved when the door clicked, “Gotta run”

“Be careful!” the officer shouted as Boomer rushed to the door. Continue reading

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“You’re not very friendly,” Mac rumbled

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “But if we lynch them—we won’t hear what they have to say,” Wyatt Earp IV laughed, and turning to the horrified hitmen, continued, “My name is Wyatt Earp the Fourth, a direct descendant of THAT Wyatt Earp—of the OK Corral in Tombstone Arizona. Luckily for you, I am not that Wyatt Earp—and this is not the OK Corral.”

The collective expressions on the faces of the hitmen was—priceless.

“Bag and tag their firearms and phones,” Sheriff Boomer instructed, “Then cuff them together and place them in the back of Cooper’s pick-up truck.”

“If it’s all the same to you, Sheriff, let’s take them to my jail.”

“Agreed, Wyatt,” Boomer replied, “Run some ballistic tests on their firearms…”

“… and have Doc McLean check their DNA—right?”

“That’s why you make the big bucks.”

Ralph Halvorson approached Sheriff Boomer and said quietly, “Come with me.”

After they were out of earshot of the hitmen, he said, “Mac and Merle are in Moosehead City—maybe it’s time for them to have a chat with the two spies in the Dive Bar…”

“Good idea, make it so.”

Meanwhile—back in Danger Bay… Continue reading

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