9/ Henchman and The Marked Cards

            Finding out where the Marked Cards were based turned out to be easier than I could have hoped.  A few phone calls to friends in the henchman business, who gave me numbers of other contacts.  Some money changing hands.  Some careful conversations in order that my investigations wouldn’t be inadvertently passed on to them.  Some promises of future favours.  …

8/ Henchman and The Mob

            For some reason the Feds never did haul me in about The Secret.  They caught up with most of the others but I never got the tap.  I had spoken with my closer friends and so I had a good idea how it had gone down.  Henry, Madcap and Big Sue had all refused to say anything and after …

7/ Henchman On Vacation

            It was Jose who suggested the trip to Mexico.  He’d seen the shit hit the fan on TV much the same as everybody else in the country had and although he didn’t know I was on The Secret’s crew for certain he’d heard rumours.  So he called me up and suggested a vacation, our two families, just until the …

6/ The Secret Revealed

            “I’m fucking terrified,” Henry told me.  We were holed up in a building across the street from the Grand Pavilion, where the state dinner was being held in just a few hours.  “Nothing to worry about,” Madcap told him.  “Piece of cake.”  I wasn’t sure I agreed.  I don’t know what Big Sue thought because she always looked much …

5/ The Secret Moves Up A Gear

            The body armour was a complete surprise.  We were all issued with these silver suits and told to put them on and wait for further instruction.  They were light but quite strong, a little like a tough wetsuit.  But once you were wearing one you could feel an odd tingling sensation in your joints.   Not unpleasant, just odd.             …

4/ Henchman and The Secret

            The Secret came to my house. Well sort of.  One minute I was sitting in the front of the TV with Dianne on my lap watching some lame reality TV show where contestants competed – it seemed – to find out who could make a bigger dick out of themselves.  The next I was in a completely white space, …

3/ Henchman and Carnival

            So tell me this.  How the fuck are you supposed to go straight if you can’t get a bloody job?  Sure they talk a lot about “helping you back into society” but that’s all it really is.  A lot of talk.  Who wants to hire somebody who used to dress as a pirate and rob banks?  Nobody, that’s who. …

2/ Henchman & The Leprechaun

            In my defence, I had been out of work for a long time.  I’d not had a proper job – and by proper I mean one that’s on the books and requires me to pay some tax – for nearly three years. Sure, I’d had some casual work.  A bit of construction here, a bit of manual labour there.  …

1/ Introducing Henchman

I look like a fucking idiot.  There’s no getting around it.  I am standing in a sports stadium – or what is left of a sports stadium – with a dozen other guys, carrying a piss poor replica cutlass in one hand and a flintlock pistol in the other, facing off against twice as many police.  The Police, I should …