Living a Mystery
It is one thing to be an avid reader of popular mystery novels, it is quite another to be cast in one. Wisconsin has been pressed between the covers of one of the greatest living mystery stories of the century. The John Doe investigation, being lead by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, has been dubbed “Walkergate” in reflection of the history shaking antics of “the plumbers” and the Watergate break in, that finally led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
John Chisholm (Chisholm and Grisham have a similar ring) has proven to be a master of the moment of mystery. The technique is to reveal a piece of juicy information and then follow it with pages of narrative before the next kernel of evidence is released, as has been demonstrated throughout the John Doe investigation of our sitting Governor, Scott Walker. The secret meeting that is to occur between John Chisholm and Scott Walker represents just such a masterful mystery novel technique of suspense. The last kernel of note was announced more than a month ago, and since that time, we are tempted to page ahead to the end to find out how the mystery will end.
The problem with a living novel is that is has not been written yet.
The announcement of a secret meeting of Scott Walker with D.A. John Chisholm became public on February 3.
February 3, 2012, 7:38 pm
Wisconsin Governor Is to Meet With Prosecutor
By MONICA DAVEY
Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, will meet with a prosecutor who has been investigating the behavior of workers in his previous public office, at the helm of Milwaukee County, Mr. Walker’s campaign office said Friday.N.Y. Times
All we need is Kinsey Millhone
Kinsey Millhone is a fictional character created by Sue Grafton for her “alphabet mysteries” series of novels that have gone through the 22 letters, one at a time, with titles spanning 30 years. Her last book was “‘V’ is for Vengence”.
“A” Is for Alibi (1982)
“B” Is for Burglar (1985)
“C” Is for Corpse (1986)
“D” Is for Deadbeat (1987)
“E” Is for Evidence (1988)
“F” Is for Fugitive (1989)
“G” Is for Gumshoe (1990)
“H” Is for Homicide (1991)
“I” Is for Innocent (1992)
“J” Is for Judgment (1993)
“K” Is for Killer (1994)
“L” Is for Lawless (1995)
“M” Is for Malice (1996)
“N” Is for Noose (1998)
“O” Is for Outlaw (1999)
“P” Is for Peril (2001)
“Q” Is for Quarry (2002)
“R” Is for Ricochet (2004)
“S” Is for Silence (2005)
“T” Is for Trespass (2007)
“U” Is for Undertow (2009)
“V” Is for Vengeance (2011)
You notice the opportunity? Her last work was the “V” book. And what follows “V”? Yes. “W”!
“W” is for Walker.
How might the book be billed by publicists?
“A chess game or a battle of the brains?”
No. Only one brain would be involved in our story. It is up to you to guess the player with all the brains.
“A cat and mouse maze of intrigue and suspense?”
That might work if the word “mouse” were replaced with weasel.
“The ending has a twist that only increases the reader’s pleasure. This is excellent!”