The Matter of the Piedi Cognili

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, was not bad at presentations — when those presentations were for the young. Noonan knew he would not live forever and his twins, both in college now, had not given an iota of interest in being in law enforcement. Flouting of the law, particularly the drinking age, was their hallmark. But Noonan knew, from personal experience, this was probably a passing phase. At least he hoped it was.

Which made no difference this day because he was the local legend talking to the 6th and 7th grade students at the…