"Kyiv Heat," by Alex Shaw, in Noirville, Fahrenheit Press, 2018.
Gennady Dudka is a top director of the Ukraine's Security Service. He is too set in his ways to cope with new technology. "Dudka's radio, like him, was old and refused to retire." Just before the Kyiv Day holiday he receives a disturbing package from as it turns out, an old friend who is a retired KGB agent.
Dudka is under pressure to find out who set a bomb that killed a reporter. His friend's information suggests it was Ukrainian spies working for the Russians. But can the information be trusted or is someone being set up? And if so, who is the schemer and who is the potential victim?
A neat little tale of the world in which the back of every cloak is targeted by a dagger.