Sherlock Kammen may now be a vampire, but he’s still a detective, and detectives rely on building up information to support their plans and actions. In chapter 15 of Martha’s Children, “Aye, marry, I’ll be gone about it straight,” Kammen works his network of sources and contacts to solve his problems. But one of his contacts takes Kammen by surprise with a problem she wants him to solve!
You’ll note there’s a new banner up this week. Now that Martha’s Children has been the ongoing serial for many weeks, it was time to change the banner for the blog to reflect this. However, I have restored the old Dragon Lady banner to that tale and its two related stories.
Chicago police wear a badge they call a star, which in 1969 was the same style that had been used since 1955, and which would be replaced in 2002. You can see some examples here. Vampire police were a radical change to the existing department, so they got a distinctive badge with several of the elements redesigned to reflect their peculiar and occult nature. Among other things, both the star itself and the images from the city seal were reversed (as well as altered), as you can see here:
The painting is by E. J. Barnes, who reserves all rights, including copyright. And it is featured in the new banner.
Ned and his fellow vampires aren’t wearing this badge yet in the story, but it’s coming!