"Hit and Run," by Doug Allyn, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November/December 2021.
This is the fifth appearance here by Allyn. It is also the second week in a row that I chose a short story by authors known for much longer tales.
Imagine you are stuck in traffic on your way to an important, even life-and-death meeting. Not good.
Now imagine you get rear-ended by a woman who is not paying attention. Even worse.
But the frosting on the cake is that the accident makes your trunk fly open, revealing the bag of cocaine you are bringing to the meeting...
What follows is more twists and turns per page than any story I can remember in years. Quite a ride.