I’d have to say that the mystery behind this story is a lot less interesting than the snapshot of life in Idaville it provides.
It started when Roscoe Kerr stopped by the Brown Detective Agency to explain that he was being blackmailed. You see, Roscoe smoked coffee grounds, and he didn’t want his parents to learn his dark secret.
This notion had me running to the Internet. Do people do this? From what I could tell… no. It doesn’t really get people high and it seems to just irritate the throat. Either Roscoe’s body chemistry is weird enough to make it worth his trouble, or he’s just an idiot.
Roscoe believes that fellow smoker, 17-year-old Harry Hallahan, is the one blackmailing him. Harry used to smoke cigarettes behind the old library building but his carelessness led to the building catching fire. Harry had been pissed at Roscoe ever since Roscoe reported him. Roscoe explained that every time Harry would see him, he would strike a match on Roscoe’s ass to light his cigarettes.
I’m not even kidding, that’s exactly what the story said.
So, here we have one kid who is addicted to coffee grounds and a teen who regularly victimizes that kid. That’s Idaville, ladies and gentlemen.
After that, the mystery is kind of boring. It was a rainy day, and they went to confront Harry at his house. Harry claimed to have just walked in and then he struck a match on the sole of his shoe to light his cigarette. Encyclopedia pointed out that if he had just come in from the rain, he wouldn’t have been able to light that match on his wet shoe. Mystery solved.
However, I’m a bit worried about what Harry is going to do to Roscoe now. Before, when Roscoe told the police that Harry started a fire, he turned Roscoe into his own personal flint. Now, he has also accused Harry of blackmail. What awful way will Harry dehumanize Roscoe now?