Been reading Lawrence Block and receive his blog weekly. Wednesday he posts 'freebies' and this was one such free eBook for my Kindle.
Some people hate short stories, some love short stories. I'm in the latter group.
Short stories are like television commercials; an opening, a middle and a closing, quick and painless and hopefully, fun. The writing must be concise and descriptive, setting the stage while keeping the reader's attention all the while.
I really enjoyed this short story, it was a fun, quick read. And reminded me of a James Cain (I believe) book I read recently with a femme fatale taking center stage. When the name of the book comes to me...it's here. Sorry, a CRS moment.