Monday, February 10, 2020

"Active Shooter" by Jack Bunker

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2020, p. 86–88

Despite a bullet costing him the power of speech, the narrator conveys by internal monologue he's been mistaken for the active shooter of the title. An unarmed former assistant football coach, he's innocently returned to the school that fired him to pick up his daughter for the weekend. He continues casting himself as the central victim of a compelling noir, but we can't buy his narrative as the whole truth. A few clues show the story isn't all about him.