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Hood? I guess I’d describe him as vaguely brilliant.
You mean, he’s a little brilliant?
No, I mean his brilliance is, can be, vague. It’s difficult to describe. Or figure. I never could.
And what was his relationship like with the other Detectives?
Good, it’s good. Everyone has their little quirks, you know, their off days. It’s a tough job, it can get to the best of us.
Is that why he left? He couldn’t cope?
Not at all. He’s gone into freelance, some would say that’s even tougher. No backup.
Why do you think he left, then?
What I think, lad, and what he thinks are two terribly different things.
I have here that Hood was a foundling. Can you tell us a little more about what happened?
He was discovered by Madame Crane on Westish Beach, following the only known shipwreck there. Just a baby, and nothing but bits of ship.
No sign of any other travellers?
And Madame Crane adopted him?
She claimed she was his aunt.
We could neither confirm or deny it.
Have there been any attempts by Hood to locate his real family?
He’s never shown any interest. As far as he’s concerned, this is his home. Well, that’s the impression I always got.
You've worked with him for how long now?
Twenty-two years. I had just been promoted to Lead when he started.
And you showed a special interest in his career?
No. He did draw a certain amount of attention, more than his fair share and not always positive. But I maintain to treat all my team equally. He was promoted because he was good, a natural, almost.
Do you still work together?
From time to time. He is still one of the most experienced Detectives available to us.
Along with Tarryn and?
Just Tarryn at the moment.
Those two worked together a long time, what is it like having ended that partnership?
They had their differences. Of opinions, methods, you name it, they differed.
So you don’t mind have a rival, so to speak?
We tend to work separate cases, except of course when we work together. There have been freelance Detectives before.
But not for some time.
No call for them. We’re hardly a large island, and crime is blessedly not common.
Hood gets by, so far as I know. There’s been no acceleration of crime, nothing like that.
He never gave a reason for leaving?
Not to me, not to anyone I’ve spoken to. You can ask him and you can make what you like of what you get out of him.
Okay, final question, what can you tell us of Hood’s personal life?
Ha, um, we have meals on occasions, but I rarely see him outside of that and he doesn’t talk about it.
Thought maybe, once. I don’t think he is intentionally private, but he seems to do little that isn’t work.
Thank you very much, L.S. Bard.