Agent John Fowler - An Interview


You want me to tell you a little about myself? I mean what do I say? I’m just a guy who solves crimes; a detective. I mean sometimes . . . ok all the time, I notice things when people are talking or even just moving or being still. They move a certain way or act a certain way and in my head, I don’t know, something clicks and I know if they’re telling the truth or not. The problem is sometimes I don’t know what they’re lying about. I mean you’ve still got to have physical evidence to go on. Just because I know you’ve done something wrong doesn’t mean I can prove it. (He pauses a second and then grins.) But it does help that I know I’m on the right track. (He pauses and looks around uncomfortably.)



Sam was so much better at this stuff than me. She could tell everyone what I did in ways I never could. She was one of the greatest people I have ever known, and I’m not just saying that because she was my wife. Did you know all she ever wanted to do with her life was work with kids? She was a speech . . . oh sorry, I got off track.




I guess the other thing I do is I see connections. Maybe see is the wrong word. Things that seem out of place, or maybe even too in place, does that make sense? Anyway, I just notice little things and figure out where they go in the big picture. I’m just a detective. I mean, I do have flaws. There is the alcoholism, but I’ve been sober for over three years. Some would say that I can get a little too wrapped up in my cases and not notice things, and I can be a little smug because of my gift, but, I mean, if you know you’re right all the time . . . yeah that does sound bad. I guess the biggest problem I have is with those that show no emotion. What do they call them, sociopaths? I mean, I can read them, but their body language just doesn’t fit. And before you start, just because I can’t read someone doesn’t mean they’re a sociopath. (He pauses a second, looks down and sighs.) Actually the biggest problem I have is I think everyone sees the things I do, and it can be hard to be around me. To me, things are black or white, because I can see all the shades of gray, they aren’t gray. White lies, I can see through them. I am too direct. When someone says you look good in that, but doesn’t mean it, I can tell, so I don’t say those things. It makes life very hard sometimes. I think that’s why I started drinking. I mean, I had Sam, but I was lonely because of who I am. I don’t know how to act around people. This is a little depressing.




Anyway, that’s what I do. And let me be perfectly clear I couldn’t do any of it without Chet and Jessica. Chet . . . he’s awesome. He does that thing . . . gaggle? Whatever it is, he can find anything, and Jess. Whoa. Man it’s so funny to get some thug in the box who is clearly checking her out, and then when she unloads on him . . . it’s a thing of beauty. I’ve seen neo-Nazis weep when she finishes with them. That’s me. I hope I’ve answered all your questions.



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