An Interview with Pignon Scorbion from the novel by Rick Bleiweiss

This text initially appeared within the Morning Information in Haxford, England on Thursday, June 30, 1910.

An Interview with Pignon Scorbion By Billy Arthurson

PIGNON SCORBION & THE BARBERSHOP DETECTIVES [Blackstone Publishing; February 8, 2022; hardcover]

Our Chief Police Inspector, Pignon Scorbion, has been on the town for just below two fortnights, but in that quick period of time he has solved three baffling mysteries and apprehended the criminals chargeable for these misdeeds. He has achieved close to instantaneous recognition and superstar with Haxford’s residents for each his prowess in fixing troublesome crimes and for his bespoke colourful linen fits and distinctive custom-made black and white sneakers. I met with him just lately to be taught extra about his background, his strategies, and his unconventionality. 

Chief Inspector, you chop fairly the arresting determine round city. I ponder for those who’d inform me about your apparel.

I discover that the clothes worn in England these days by the male members of our inhabitants is fairly tedious and boring, with the hues of the clothes they sport being drab and usually uninspired. It’s not shocking to me that it’s so, because the coloration of mammalian animals typically lack brilliant colours thereby permitting them to mix into their atmosphere and be much less liable to being noticed and attacked. I, then again, don’t have any challenge in any respect standing aside from the lots. I welcome being distinguished from the commonplace and the rabble as I discover it to be helpful that the nice residents whose existences that I safeguard can simply detect my presence.

            My fits are original by one of many most interesting couturiers in our truthful land who has exactly adopted my directions to a fault in utilizing solely the best linens and wools, tailoring them to suit me in a way that leaves little hole between the material and my pores and skin, and using colorations that do set me aside when I’m out and about. Every pair of the black and white sneakers that I’ve now been sporting for properly over twenty years are crafted by an distinctive souter in Liverpool whose singular skills, I’m sure, will sooner or later be acknowledged all through the land and likely past the Continent. 

I’ve at instances been known as a style plate, and I vastly want that designation over being described as one who sports activities dowdy or uninspired clothes. Most thankfully, due to the athletics that I repeatedly participated in till fairly just lately, my body can nonetheless help a close-fitting type of a wardrobe with out it showing to be inappropriate for a gentleman of my years.

The place did your tendency to be unconventional stem from?

            That trait that was handed all the way down to me by each my mater and my pater, though extra so from the latter. Father didn’t conform to the norms of his instances, and by no means allowed the scorn or derision of others to affect his choices or actions. Whereas he was initially ridiculed for the enterprise that that he initiated through which he employed out dromedaries to these wishing to traverse Egypt’s desert sands, he persevered in his perception that such an enterprise could be worthwhile and was confirmed right. The identical might be stated for his excursions into the promoting of candies and crusing from his native nation to the lands on the far shores throughout the Atlantic Ocean. He by no means embraced the atypical, nor shirked from taking dangers. He was an individualist and thru and thru.

            Mom was not fairly as daring as he, however for all of the years that I spent domiciled of their abode, she pressured upon me the significance of 1 considering for themselves and espoused the idea that a person needn’t conform to the commonplace to achieve their life. She, like Thelma Smith, attired herself in costumes in contrast to those who the overwhelming majority of her feminine contemporaries had clothed themselves in. She implanted in me the great thing about individuality and the richness of expressing the distinctiveness of 1’s persona. 

You might be clearly fairly expert at detecting and fixing complicated enigmas. Have you ever ever been contacted to take action for Scotland Yard, particularly now that they’re of their new quarters and have expanded their drive?

            Slightly than residing in our capital metropolis, I a lot want the essence of the English countryside the place the air is brisker, the individuals much less jaded, and the place I can dedicate larger consideration to fewer crimes. It’s on this atmosphere that I’m able to have extra of an affect on, and really higher safeguard, the residents who I’m sworn to guard. Moreover, as you’ve gotten already noticed, I’m an individualist, and that isn’t a trait that sits properly with, or is inspired by, the Met.

            I’ve been requested to help, and lend my singular skills in statement and deduction, to investigations that had been performed by the Yard, each after I was however a constable in Chamfield and in my final chief inspector place previous to finding in Haxford, and I did so with productive leads to each cases. Nonetheless, my curiosity lies in serving the residents of lesser-populated hamlets and cities than the foremost metropolises of our nation.

            Moreover, having now been reunited with Calvin Brown and vastly having fun with the corporate of the enchanting Miss Thelma Smith, I’m fairly happy with my present scenario on this locale, and envision myself remaining right here for fairly an prolonged interval. In spite of everything, the place else would I discover such an attention-grabbing and succesful group of associates as help me within the barbershop?  And, lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t additionally touch upon the pleasure I derive out of your presence and the help and advantages I obtain out of your glorious chronicling, Billy Arthurson.

You’ve gotten talked about to me in a previous dialog that you simply repeatedly journey to London to attend the theatre. What kind of performances do you most want?

            I’ve a penchant for ones that comprise music, at the start. That was fostered on me by my dad and mom, because it was a ardour of theirs, and I used to be initially captivated by that type of theatre by their reward to me on the event of my twelfth birthday. They introduced me to an early efficiency of the marvelous HMS Pinafore by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The music, the surroundings, the atmosphere, and the staging had been in contrast to something I had witnessed as much as that time in my life, and it left me with a starvation to have that have on a extra common foundation.

            Since that point, I’ve attended each main manufacturing of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, with The Mikado, being the one I treasure probably the most. Others that I cherish are Clarke and Slaughter’s Alice in Wonderland, Monckton and Talbot’s The Arcadians, and The Proflgate, which I attended on the very opening of the Garrick Theatre. I do additionally attend and luxuriate in – albeit to a lesser diploma – these performs which can be bereft of a rating, with my singular favourite being The Significance of Being Ernest by that nice dramatist, Oscar Wilde. 

Do you retain any animals as pets?

            Whereas I’d benefit from the companionship of a foxhound, beagle, or a paisley or bull terrier, the hours I preserve, and the each day routine of my place will not be conducive to sustaining a tail-wagger. Felines have by no means really appealed to me as I possess greater than sufficient independence for one family, and different method of fish, amphibians or warm-blooded creatures don’t encourage me to own one as an accompaniment to my life. Presumably at such time as I now not am energetic on the drive, I’d contemplate augmenting my existence and quarters with a four-legged, obedient good friend.

If you end up not engaged in implementing our legal guidelines, what diversions do you get pleasure from?

            I do fairly get pleasure from a wonderful brandy, as does Calvin Brown I’d add, and I interact in a sport of chess at any time when Arnold Hill and I’ve schedules with matching intervals of inactivity – which is far too occasionally. My former partner, Katherine, supplied me with an appreciation of artwork, particularly work executed in oils, and as a youthful lad I used to be an achieved hooker within the sport of rugby.  I eat as many books as I’m ready on as many various topics as I can discover – and in that regard, Miss Smith’s bookshop is a treasure trove – and lastly, I do significantly relish a well-cooked repast, particularly a succulent Yorkshire Pudding and hearty Sunday Roast.

Rick Bleiweiss began his profession in music as a rock performer, producer of over fifty data, songwriter, and document firm senior govt, and labored with Clive Davis, Melissa Etheridge, the Backstreet Boys, Kiss, U2, Whitney Houston, the BeeGees, and different trade legends  

Since 2006 as a publishing firm govt, he has acquired works by bestselling and award-winning authors together with James Clavell, Gabriel García Márquez, Rex Pickett, Leon Uris, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith, amongst others.  

In his newest inventive endeavor, Rick has crafted the Pignon Scorbion historic thriller collection—mixing his love of the previous with the twisty deliciousness of a whodunit. 

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