"The Waiting Game," by Dana Haynes, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021.
This is the second time Haynes has appeared in these electrons. It is my first encounter with his series characters, Fiero and Finnigan, who run St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking, which is actually a bounty hunter firm that chases international bad guys. But that's not the problem they are dealing with here.
Finnigan has been kidnapped by very nasty Russians who want Fiero to revert to her old occupation of assassin. Only she can get close to a certain target for them. They show her a video of her business partner being beaten and promise to produce another film of him being clobbered every day until the job is done. Finnigan, we learn is locked in a cinder block bunker with an iron door; escape is impossible.
The Russians have a great plan. But as von Moltke said 150 years ago, no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and Fiero and Finnigan have no intention of following the bad guys' rule book. I won't give anything away but will say they kept delighting and surprising me. I was reminded of that classic TV show The Avengers.
One thing amused me: Finnigan is unimpressed by the beating or the lockdown but something upsets him. He asks his captors to bring him a crossword puzzle book. "But not Sudoku! I hate that shit!" I wonder if Haynes knows where Dell Magazines (which published AHMM) makes a lot of their money?