This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Solstice Black, is from The Damage Done by Susana H. Case, released by Broadstone Books in 2022.
The detective has had a Gillette coated stainless steel razor for years. He, too, is becoming an old story. The slight blue tinge in the white tile of the bathroom makes him look ill, a reddish-yellow cast in the whites of his eyes. Age encircles the periphery like a feral dog, or a federal cop, looking for weak spots. He has awakened to a horror movie, like watching the march of the undead. Lately, he awakens this way every day he’s on the job. Today, it’s some revolutionary task force sprinkling the city with bombs that plays with his head. He barely has time to think about the little electronic tracker—it meets government standard— discovered under Janey’s Karmann Ghia. He has suspicions, but— there are no fingerprints.