From: Hardboiled #27/28 (December 2001), ed. Gary Lovisi
This story opens with the narrator, Jimmy, being interviewed from a hospital bed by his Special Forces buddy-turned-cop, Charlie. Charlie is looking for leads on the shooting death of frat boy Rickie Teargarden, accused of rape.
Jimmy recounts how his daughter Molly and her friend Diane, the alleged victim, sought his help. He goes on to say he agreed to find Rickie—that was all—and took a beating for his trouble.
Jimmy isn't telling everything, as you might expect, but even he is surprised by the whole truth.
Terrenoire delivers a solid, compelling story, a perfect fit for Lovisi's 3,000-word limit.