Detective Edward Calhoun

If such a thing existed, Detective Edward Calhoun would be president of the Crusty Irish Cop Stereotype club: He has a temper and does not gracefully suffer fools, people who hurt kids, or anyone who disrespects the Chicago White Sox, and he's the curator of the most profane vocabulary this side of his grandmother's bar of mouth-washing soap.

He's the kind of guy most people can take only in small doses, but a man anyone would want by their side in a brawl. Calhoun's heart isn't made of gold, but it is genuine and when you've won his loyalty, you've got it for life.

Which is how he became an honorary uncle to his former partner's kids: Miguel Ortiz saved his life when they responded to a robbery in progress call as rookie cops. They later became partners.

When Miguel's first daughter Teresa was born, he said yes to being the baby's godfather. Tio Teddy—as he was affectionately known only to the Ortiz kids—found himself a second family.

The pair's professional partnership lasted until Calhoun's promotion to detective; their brotherhood lasted until Miguel's death in the line of duty.

They'd saved each others' necks more times than either of them could count. In the end, Calhoun was working a murder case in Streeterville when his friend was gunned down -- he's on a first name basis with survivor's guilt.

In "Watch Them Die" Calhoun struggles to help his goddaughter, now-Detective Teresa Ortiz, to face her father's death before she implodes from grief and destroys her career. No small feat since he's fighting his own depression over the loss.

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