Vernon Stolwart sucked at a cigarette viciously and expelled the smoke in a long, drawn out stream as he investigated the scene of a strange and unusual death.
This was an odd situation; for one thing, Vernon Stolwart was human. For a second thing, the bullet appeared to have travelled the wrong way. The victim was not so odd; he was male, early adult and had a huge hole in the side of his head. He was also green and covered in scales. This was a mostly sauren town so most of his cases involved them. But most of those in his position were of the same race too. He was a marshal. A freelance lawyer, detective and judge. Most sauren settlements didn't have police forces, they relied on the travelling marshals to dispense justice when and where it couldn't be handled on a local neighbourhood level.
There was a matching hole in the wall next to the body. Normally you would expect to see this associated with both an entry and exit wound on the victim; the bullet havin