Gumshoe Points Gun, Questions at  FBI Special Agent Edwards

Gumshoe Points Gun, Questions at FBI Special Agent Edwards

In chapter 6 of, The Woman in the Yellow Dress, author Robert Forte introduces the reader to the diminutive, quirky, yet resourceful Special Agent Clovis Edwards of the FBI. In this excerpt, private investigator Patrick Miles Atwater greets Agent Edwards with a gun and questions pointed at Edwards. A FREE Kindle version is available on Please add a review after reading this excerpt, and enjoy the community of the Forte Fan Club.


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Excerpt, Chapter 6 – The Woman in the Yellow Dress

Copyright 2016
By Robert Forte

As I left the building I had this deep nagging feeling that something very bad was going to go down.

And soon.

I just hoped I would be ready when that something happened.

I opened the front entrance door and two men in suits, one tall white guy and the other a medium built fellow of Spanish descent, walked past me without speaking. I pegged them for detectives right away by the bulges in both of their suit jackets and the abundant lack of brown polish on their scuffed up shoes.

A young boy was on the comer selling newspapers.

“Extra! Extra!” he shouted. “The great Bambino dies of heart failure.”

The kid eyed me straight away and ran up waving one of his papers in my face.

“Paper, mister?” he asked.

I felt bad for the kid and tossed him the nickel for the news. As I pretended to read all about the death of baseball’s greatest, I saw my little friend sitting in the Dodge across the street.

I walked to my car, headed out on Wilshire again, and noticed the big Dodge following close behind.

I saw a Walgreens up ahead, quickly pulled into the small lot and dashed inside. I thought my little guy in the Dodge would figure I had stopped for a quick bite at the food counter, and would park himself somewhere in the rear of the lot where he could hide in plain sight and still keep his eyes on the coupe.

I walked straight through the place and went directly to the rear door.

I looked out and saw the Dodge parked at the perfect angle for me to do what I knew I had to do.

The little guy behind the wheel wore a decent suit and tie and looked like he had just gotten himself a haircut a day or two before. His eyes were clearly focused on my parked vehicle next to the store when I quietly walked up and hard pressed the cold steel of my .38 into the bare side of his neck.

“You have until I count three to tell me who the hell you are and why the hell you are following me!” I demanded and instantly began counting.

“One. Two.”

The little man quickly raised both hands up and started chattering away like a small scared monkey who just discovered he could speak.

“Don’t  shoot!! My name is Clovis Edwards. I’m a Special Agent with the FBI!”

I pressed the gun in harder.

“Okay.  I got who. Now what do you want with me? Same drill pal. One. Two.”

“Please?  Do not shoot me! Don’t. Shoot. Me,” he pleaded.

He waved as if he was about to do a sleight of hand magic trick, and slowly and extremely carefully reached into his suit pocket and with only two fingers, took out his federal identification and held it up for me to see.

I read the I.D. and pressed my gun in harder.

“Okay. You’re a Special Agent with the FBI. So. Why the hell are you following me?” I repeated.

“The Bureau is looking into Stone Realty. One of the late Jonas Stone’s companies. When his daughter Rachel came to see you last night I was ordered to follow you and report all your comings and goings. Do you have a proper license to carry the weapon you’re holding against my throat?”

“Yes I do,” I replied. “And I can also fire it if I have to.”

“I can assure you, Mr. Atwater, that won’t be necessary.”

“You know my name?”

“I do, sir. Yes.”

“How tall are you, sonny?”

“My name isn’t sonny. It’s Edwards, Special Agent Edwards and I am sufficiently tall enough. And? I graduated third in my class at the academy.”

“Third?  Impressive for a special agent man of your stature.”

I reached in and took out my license and put it in front of Agent Edwards’ face.

“I’m only doing this as a courtesy because I suddenly like you, Special Agent Edwards. And? Shooting you today, I think, would be a grave mistake on my part.”

“Thank you,” he said.

Agent Edwards let out a huge sigh of relief, put his hands down on the steering wheel and I put the .38 back in my shoulder holster.

“Tell me this? Why is the FBI looking into Stone Realty?” Agent Edwards adjusted his tie and looked at me.

“I’m not allowed to divulge that information,” he said. “It is privileged.”

I looked him straight in the eye and smiled.

“You won’t divulge that information because you don’t know why. Do you?”

Agent Edwards smiled slightly back at me and I could tell he was finally calming down.

“No,” he said. “I don’t know why.”

“You’re all right, Special Agent Edwards. Let’s you and me step inside this Walgreens here and have us a cup of Joe.”

“You mean coffee? Correct?”

“Yeah,” I replied. “Coffee. Correct. Come on. I’m buying.”

“I could use a cup of coffee,” he said and got out from behind the wheel. “And maybe a donut or two?”

I brushed a small piece of lint off his right shoulder and gave him the once over.      “You’re not much taller standing up. Are you?” I asked.

“As I said? I’m tall enough.”

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“Magenta Dairy” Dives Deep Into  the “Dangerously Good” Drug Queen Pin

“Magenta Dairy” Dives Deep Into the “Dangerously Good” Drug Queen Pin

In chapter 2 of his new crime thriller, Magenta Dairy, author Robert Forte continues the hunt for the “dangerously good” woman who seems to have all the right men tied around her finger. She’s as brilliant as she is beautiful, leaving a bloody trail of broken hearts as she ascends into leading an international cocaine operation. A FREE Kindle version is available on


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Magenta Dairy gives readers who loved, The Woman In The Yellow Dress, just what they were looking for from novelist Robert Forte. More thrilling crimes, plot twists and action to trip readers off their rockers. Enjoy the excerpt below.


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Excerpt, Chapter 2 – Magenta Dairy

Copyright 2018


By Robert Forte


I sat in my chair doing the best I could to listen to my latest prospective client’s story but kept getting distracted with one other pressing thought running through my mind.

I needed to know where Rachel Stone Barbieri was hiding.

She was my woman in the yellow dress who had somehow managed to successfully get herself released from a federal prison pending her trial for drug trafficking, extortion, and murder.

“How the hell does something like that happen?” I kept asking myself.

I asked and kept asking that question over and over and over again.

When I saw her acting free as a bird, I thought my head was playing tricks on me. But once I realized it was really her I saw that day at the Beverly Hilton, I immediately began to suspect everyone I had come into contact with since our first meeting back at Barney’s By The Sea.

Rachel Stone Barbieri was nowhere to be found and as hard as we searched for her, we kept coming up empty handed.

Someone got her released and I promised myself I would not rest until I got my answers to the how, the when, and the why, and returned Mrs. Rachel Stone Barbieri back in federal custody where she belonged. The only way that would happen was to work solely with people I could absolutely trust with my life.

Those people were my new secretary, Phil, Special Agent Edwards, and Detective Blaine.

Under the supervision of J Edgar Hoover, we worked diligently for six weeks straight, day and night, going over every single detail we could think of, including the premise that Hoover himself might be involved with her enterprise and her escape.

We also decided when we referenced Rachel Stone Barbieri we always used the code Magenta or Magenta Dairy just in case there were people out there possibly listening to any of our inner circle conversations.

Happily we discovered Hoover was not involved with Rachel’s disappearance.

Our investigation revealed that Rachel Stone Barbieri had a federal judge in her pocket.

His name was Lisankis and his office was a stone’s throw from where she was being held. Lisankis signed her official release papers together with an FBI mole who just happened to be working right alongside J. Edgar Hoover for over a year and a half. Both men worked their Barbieri magic without drawing any suspicion to themselves until weeks after she was released. The mole was responsible for not only orchestrating her transition to freedom, making it appear to be the decision of Hoover himself, but singlehandedly destroyed every piece of documentation the FBI had on Rachel Stone Barbieri before he was finally discovered and arrested.

His name was Richard L. Sendell. He was handsome, a Harvard graduate, class of ‘48, spoke several languages fluently, typed sixty words a minute, and was recommended for his position as an office assistant with the FBI by the governor of New Jersey, Alfred E. Driscoll. The governor was a man similar to Hoover who was big on fighting crime. Driscoll had

cleaned up most of the New York docks, closed down a national book-making network, unified all law enforcement in New Jersey under one leader, and gave the District Attorney the power to supersede local county prosecutors, specifically in cases dealing with drug trafficking.

Richard’s wealthy father and the governor also happened to be old friends.

When I made my initial call directly to Hoover using the code given to us, Magenta Dairy, Richard attempted to intercept the call but was totally in the dark and did not know the proper reply or its meaning. After eliminating all our suspects, Richard was the only remaining person having the means, the motive, and the opportunity.

Hoover was in shock and politically embarrassed, as was the governor.

Under intense interrogation, Richard told us he was in love with Rachel and she was in love with him. Once she had made good on her escape, she told the sap they would meet again in Acapulco, on New Year’s Eve.

Acapulco was where they had first met.
Where they had first made love.
Their meeting and love affair began at the Hotel El Mirador, about

three months before her arrest, and Rachel, obviously had made a lasting impression on this young college graduate who was about to begin working for the number one G-Man at the FBI. She told Richard that she in fact, herself, was an FBI undercover agent attempting to expose Hoover as a Communist and a man drunk with power who was attempting to orchestrate a Russian takeover of the United States government with the help of Mexico.

Sir Richard the Dope bought her story hook, line, and sinker. She was good.
Convincingly good.
Dangerously good.

She asked for his help and after a little sexual persuasion, Richard had convinced himself that Rachel Stone Barbieri was indeed a woman dedicated to saving our republic from the Russians and Mexico, and together they would conspire and bring down Hoover and expose him for the man he really was.

She also told him she had fallen madly in love with him. When she was arrested, he went to see her secretly, and once again, she convinced Richard that Hoover now knew what she was up to and had to be stopped.

She told him the charges against her were all false and her only option was escape. Then and only then, could they fight the good fight for god and country, and really be together as the two lovers were destined to be.

And again, Rachel Stone Barbieri was good at getting what was wanted and needed.

She was very good.
Dangerously good.

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“Magenta Dairy” Gives Robert Forte Fans View of Dangerous 1950s Cocaine Cartel

“Magenta Dairy” Gives Robert Forte Fans View of Dangerous 1950s Cocaine Cartel

Author Robert Forte shines his storytelling skills on the dark world of ravenous greed that drives the emergence of the 1950s international cocaine cartel in his new crime novel, Magenta Dairy — available on Amazon now.

Forte gives his Forte Fan Club what they’ve been asking for, another page-turning mystery thriller in which private investigator Patrick Miles Atwater continues hunting for “The Woman In The Yellow Dress” — the first book in the Trilogy. Unfortunately, she’s also hunting for him in Magenta Dairy, leaving a bloody, dangerous trail to the insidious origins of the global drug trade. Forte doesn’t hold back with graphic scenarios, balancing the seriousness of murder with humor, plot twists and yet another surprise ending. Forte plans to release War of Ghosts, the third and final entry to The Patrick Miles Atwater Trilogy in time for Summer.

Published by Fifth Wind Publishing, Magenta Dairy is Forte’s second novel, which continues a 20-year career entertaining audiences with his writings, including screen and stage plays, television sitcoms, thrillers and even a musical. Robert has also started a blog, going between-the-lines for fans, offering VIP perks and insider information such as “The Inspiration for The Woman In The Yellow Dress.”

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Robert Forte is a multi-talented American writer and producer based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Forte has written numerous stage and screen plays, television sitcoms, and now his first crime novel trilogy, The Patrick Miles Atwater Trilogy. Fans raved about the first in the series, The Woman in the Yellow Dress, based on his original screenplay. Now Robert presents the sequel Magenta Dairy, which follows the murderous trail of a mysterious cocaine kingpin. Robert has also invented a board game, writes original music and has six screenplays in development. Learn more at

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