This arti­cle is part 1 of 7 in the series The Cincinnati Favor

Meet Michale Tate.

Mr. Tate is a qui­et, good-heart­ed man who enjoys liv­ing on a small farm out­side of a small town in rur­al cen­tral Kentucky. He enjoys know­ing and talk­ing with his mail car­ri­er, the local librar­i­an, and the female chief of police, who packs a pis­tol — and her uni­form — beau­ti­ful­ly.  He can be an extreme­ly reli­able friend.

He enjoys paint­ing and clas­si­cal music, prefers a qui­et evening at home perus­ing a copy of Skeptic mag­a­zine while enjoy­ing a good glass of wine or a cup of tea. Yet, he’s civic-mind­ed and con­cerned about the events of the day.

His busi­ness asso­ciates and peers high­ly respect Michael because he is capa­ble and con­fi­dent, car­ry­ing out com­mis­sions through metic­u­lous plan­ning, expert exe­cu­tion, and absolute dis­cre­tion.  He does not brag, even when he accom­plish­es the extraordinary.

Self-effac­ing, cour­te­ous, and con­ge­nial, Michael Tate’s com­pa­ny is enjoyed by almost everyone. 

Everyone, that is, except those he’s been hired to assas­si­nate.  They, alas, don’t sur­vive the pleasure.


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  • Chuck Witt

    Chuck is a retired archi­tect, a for­mer news­pa­per colum­nist, and a life­long res­i­dent of Winchester.

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