"Elvis Duty," by Matthew Wilson in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2023.
First of all: great title.
This is Wilson's second appearance in this blog. It is also the second appearance by his main character, although this one takes place a decade before the first.
Hans Burg is a police detective in Bad Kissington, West Germany, in 1959.. He is trying to solve the death of a doctor who appears to have died of a drug injection in a cheap hotel. This problem is complicated by another duty he is assigned; helping to protect Elvis Presley, already a music sensation, who is serving his army tour in Germany.
The two cases come together in ways that are logical and sad. A well-written story.
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