My name is Harry Charters and I’m a private investigator working in the city of Mariscoper. I’ve fought in the second world war, been married and had a booming business. I hit hard times when a case went very wrong, so now I take just enough cases to keep me in bourbon.
Do you embrace conflict?
I sure don’t hide from it. I have my demons and now and then I have to release them. When I’m crossed or I see an injustice then I tend to deal with things my own way. Once upon a time I woulda called the cops, now I just dispense my own justice.
How do your enemies see you?
Through swollen eyes and on occasion behind a the big eye of my good friend Samuel Colt. Me and my enemies don’t negotiate truces, we declare war.
How does the author see you?
He sees me for what I am. He’s drank with me and I even took him on a cinch of a case once when I knew he wouldn’t be in any danger.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
We’ve talked long and hard and he had to convince me that he was the right man to tell my stories. I also left him in no doubt about what would happen to him if he let me down. I do after all know where he lives. For those who don’t know my author is called Graham Smith and his book is called Harry Charters Chronicles. Basically it’s seven of my adventures polished up and told better than the way I told him.
Do you have any special weaknesses?
Bourbon and memories. After I’ve supped a couple I hear the voices of Nasty Drunk or Melancholy Drunk depending on my mood. Nasty Drunk has gotten me into a lot of trouble over the years but I always feel that Melancholy Drunk is more dangerous to me personally. The memories haunt me and the only way I can lose my ghosts is to surround Jack Daniels until he numbs me from within.
Do you have money troubles?
I get by. Since my life went south I have always had enough to survive. I will never be rich but as long as I can buy me some bourbon I won’t do any complainin’.
What makes you angry?
Injustice, bullies and little men trying to be big men. I have a very low tolerance for bullshitters and bullies. Leave me in their company for more than a few minutes and there will be blood spilt.
What makes you happy?
Bourbon makes me less miserable as does allowing my demons to exercise themselves when I beat up some wiseass who’s crossed me.
What are you afraid of?
Letting another kid down. The only human who scares me is the guy I see every morning in my shaving mirror.
Are you honorable?
I believe that I am an honourable person although my actions may not always be interpreted that way. Where’s the honour in killing?
Who was your first love?
Madeleine Pederson, a girl from the town where I grew up. Seen her a few weeks back for the first time in fifteen years.
Do you have any skills?
I’m a pretty handy boxer but I usually end up disqualified because I punch my opponents all the way to the canvas. When I put ‘em down, they stay down.
Are you healthy?
For a man of my years I’m in pretty good shape. Mornings can be rough until I’ve had my first drink.
If you were at a store now, what ten items would be in your shopping cart?
Two bottles of bourbon, six bottles of beer, a loaf of bread and a hunk of ham.
Where can we find out more about you?