David Crowe is a lawyer who practices personal injury and criminal defense law in Athens, Georgia, and has done so for twenty-five years. I have represented those charged with murder, rape, child molestation, armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping. The three stories in this book have their genesis in persons I have met during my legal career and events I have either witnessed or heard about, but the nonfiction stops there. I have conflated, exaggerated and imagined each character and each story to the point where they no longer resemble even remotely any actual person or incident, but instead, conform to Johnny Mercury’s imagined reality. I hope Jonny Mercury isn’t mistaken for me — he can be boastful, egotistical, stubborn, lazy and downright greedy at times, but on second thought, maybe I’ve described myself to a T.