Again as promised, here's a link to a killer investigative piece I came across this summer. It's by Craig Malisow, who writes for the Houston Press, an alternative weekly. Great reporting, compelling story, and detailed, concrete writing that does what good writing should: catch you with the first sentence so that you have to read the next. And the next. And the one after that. Before you know it, you're hooked.
Not just on the story, but on wanting to do this kind of work yourself.
Just to make sure you clink on the link, let me tempt you with the head and deck: