"Crime Scene," by Joseph S. Walker, in Malice in Dallas: Metroplex Mysteries Volume 1, edited by Barb Goffman, Sisters in Crime North Dallas, 2022.
This is the fifth appearance in this column by Walker.
Adler had done a lot of jobs in fields of work where nobody writes a résumé.
In recent times, in fact, he's been working as a hitman. His latest assignment is a very strange one: Kill a millionaire businessman in Dealey Plaza on November 22.
The contract is so bizarre that Adler's curiosity is piqued. Why is someone willing to pay a large amount to see Alex Lersch killed, and why at this time and place?
His research doesn't help much. Lersch's fortune is going to big institutions, not likely to rush the inheritance illegally. No one seems to hate or fear the man. His only unusual characteristic is that he is obsessed with a certain assassination...
A clever and thoughtful story.