"Newton's Law," by John M. Floyd, at The Big Adios, May 28, 2013.
My friend and fellow blogger John M. Floyd is a master of a certain type of very short story. Typically there is a puzzle and a single clue the reader should be able to figure out. Think Encyclopedia Brown for grown-ups. John gets a lot of these stories into Women's World, a market I have, alas, never managed to breach.
This western crime story reminds me of those, although it isn't a solve-it-yourself kind of story. In fact, it takes quite a way in before you realize the puzzle that is being solved. (That's the cleverest part of the tale.)
So what's it about? A lawman and his assistant are bringing a suspect back to town when they get into big trouble. And in a situation like that, who do you trust? That, as Wild Bill Shakespeare said, is the question.