"Waco 1982," by Laura Lippman, in The Mystery Writers of America present The Mystery, Box, edited by Brad Meltzer, Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
I opened, well, e-opened the new MWA anthology, and came across this nice and melencholy tale. Marissa is a new and somewhat accidental reporter, on her first job in Waco, Texas. Her tempermental boss gives her what feels like a fairly pointless assignment: writing an article about the sort of stuff that winds up in the lost and found boxes of motels in Waco.
And pointless it is. But it turns out someone does have an ulterior motive, and there are layers of small city life under the surface that even that person is unaware of... A nicely brooding reminder of life between the sexual revolution and the AIDS crisis. Oh, and before the journalism market went down the tubes, too.