Joel is one of Teague’s many cousins. Their family is legion and they all stand up for one another. Joel was introduced in The Ninja Tattoo, but has much more of a role in Conduct Unbecoming. He’s a fun character and I really like him. Here, to tell you about himself in his own words, is Joel McMurtry.
What is your name?
What do you want most?
If you’d asked me that a couple days ago, I would have said that I want to do my job, catch bad guys and have sex with hot women. Today, though, I’d have to say getting through the next 24 hours without getting killed—and having sex with beautiful women.
Why is this so important to you?
Which part? If I have to explain why sex is important, you’re an idiot.
How do you treat the people in your life?
I try to treat people well, especially the woman in my life. I’m a strong believer that whatever goes around, comes around. Except if it’s Jasper. He deserves whatever he gets.
Can people count on you?
Absolutely. Family first, friends second. If they are really good friends, then they’re like family and get the same consideration.
What makes you angry?
When people do bad things to each other and don’t get caught. That’s why I became a cop—so I could catch bad guys.
Do you stand up for your beliefs?
With guns blazing, if necessary. If it’s important enough to believe in, it’s important enough to defend.
What excites you?
I’m gonna go back to that answer about hot women and let you figure that out.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a cop. I joined the force as soon as I was old enough and I’ve been one ever since. I’ll stay here until they drag my wrinkled old ass to the street.
What kind of books do you like?
I like political thrillers best. I like when the good guys win and the bad guys lose. I wish life worked that way, but it doesn’t always.
What kind of music do you enjoy?
Something hot and sexy that you can dance to.
What’s the one thing you’d most like to do before you die?
Remember that answer about catching bad guys and having sex with beautiful women? That. And eat good food, drink good beer, hang out with my friends and maybe have a passel of kids one day. But mostly the sex part—and catching the bad guys part. No, decidedly the sex part.
© 2014 Dellani Oakes