From: Manhattan Noir ed. Lawrence Block. Akashic Books, 2006.
Freddie Prinze first appears to the narrator while she's praying the Rosary on the fourth anniversary of his death. "You're supposed to join the NYPD," he says.
Already infatuated with Prinze, the narrator follows his cryptic, counterintuitive advice in smaller things, persisting even when it turns out badly for her. Prinze appears unpredictably throughout her teens and early twenties, and finally she agrees to apply to the NYPD.
A morbidly funny story highlighted by the narrator's engaging voice and blind faith in Prinze.