"North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a threedollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He'd made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood.
"Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn't buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up thebuyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack in the guy's pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office. "
And with that Mickey Spillane-style writing, none other than Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts as he dissented from the the petition for a writ of certiorari denied by the rest of the Supreme Court (except Justice Kennedy, who joined in Roberts' dissent) in the case entitled: Pennsylvania v. Nathan Dunlap. If you're interested in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion in Commonwealth v. Dunlap, click on the case name.
Some might think that Roberts was trying to imitate Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, but it could just as easily be Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer or Dashielle Hammet's Sam Spade. In any event, it's a nice breath of dark fresh air.