Color of Justice

Color of Justice by Gary Hardwick Read Free Book Online

Book: Color of Justice by Gary Hardwick Read Free Book Online
Authors: Gary Hardwick
noticeable because of his shiny, bald head. He stood over Keith, who was crying and muttering something about how he should have left when he had the chance and how he hated Detroit.
    The Bady brothers had reached their final destination. They’d been on a long and fateful journey since their mother was killed in Texas.
    Sherindah Bady had been a good mother to the boys. She was a former black Muslim, a strong woman whose one weakness was the mind-altering effect of drugs. This failing was supported by her husband Herman, a petty criminal and part-time dealer.
    The couple struggled with their addiction and codependency. Herman was a day-to-day dealer in crack, heroin, and anything else that would get you high. But he was a bad businessman. Herman used his own product, often owing thousands to his supplier. And he couldn’t resist the advance of any young girl, so he was constantly fighting with Sherindah about his sexual indiscretions. It had always struck Muhammad as strange that their mother could shoot a speedball into her veins, but still cared if her good-for-nothing husband screwed some prostitute for a nickel bag.
    When Akema was still in diapers, Rimba was about ten, and Muhammad was just starting to like girls, Herman murdered their mother. Sherindah had followed him out late one night and caught him with a girl in a local park. Muhammad would later hear that Sherindah waited until they were done, then confronted Herman, who beat her in a blind, drugged-out rage and dumped her body into a man-made lake. Sherindah was found a week later, dead, bloated, with all traces of evidence washed away. Herman had disappeared and was never seen again.
    Muhammad and his brothers were split up and put into foster homes. The next years were hellish by all accounts. The brothers were beaten, abused, and shuffled from one uncaring home to another. And there in the midst of America’s unwanted lives, they had all gone a little insane. Rimba turned to music as a refuge, shutting out the world. Akema was short-tempered and quick to violence, and Muhammad was calculating and devoid of pity and remorse. This was what their father had made them, according to Muhammad, and it was nothing to be ashamed of.
    Muhammad ended up in juvenile detention at fifteen. He’d cut up a rival gang member and copped to it to get a light sentence. He lost touch with Rimba and Akema for the first time and itdrove him crazy not knowing what had become of his brothers. When Muhammad got out at eighteen, he took custody of his brothers. He could not afford to go through the proper channels, so he just tracked them down and took them out of whatever home they were in. The foster parents never objected.
    From there, Muhammad took his reunited family from one crime to the next, careful not to leave a trail. They’d burglarize a home, then steal a car, rob at gunpoint, then carjack another, never leaving a witness or a clue. They did this while moving steadily north, on a mission that had been started by Muhammad in prison. They were going to find their father and kill him.
    For the last ten years, Muhammad had been tracking Herman Bady through sources in prison and the criminal underworld. He’d spent a lot of money and favors, but he’d finally come to the conclusion that Herman was in Detroit under a new identity.
    Muhammad was the only one with any memory of their father. He could barely remember his face. But if he was not using drugs anymore, he would have put on weight in the last ten years, aged a little. In that regard, he could be anybody.
    Detroit might be their last, final destination, Muhammad thought, but it was as good a place as any to die. Maybe it was even better than most. So Muhammad was happy this day. They had finally stopped running.
    During their crime spree, Muhammad hadturned his brothers into the family he’d always wanted. They were close, loyal, and committed to their goal. All they had to do now was kill

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