"Doing Business," by Mark Hannon, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2023.
Foreshadowing in a story can take many forms. This tale starts deep into the action and then goes back to the beginning. I don't usually think of that as a form of foreshadowing, but it feels like it here, partly because that first scene is just a few paragraphs long.
But there is another type of foreshadowing through the story, a kind of trouble coming at the protagonist. It is obvious to the reader but it is not at all clear whether the hero, who is also the narrator, sees it. And that makes for a lovely bit of suspense.
Kelvin is a boxer, about to go into the biggest match of his career. His manager, sparring partner, and the inevitable hangers-on are all providing well-meaning contradictory advice. Ah, but is all the advice well-meaning? And will Kelvin see the spider in the web?
A very nicely written first story.