“Miss Trial” by Adam McCabe from Men of the Mean Streets (Bold Strokes Books, 2011). Edited by Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann.

This story employs the classic hardboiled detective jargon in a very enjoyable manner. I was hooked even before I got to this line: “…he’d made a fair number of enemies in the local elite and conservative groups that cover the city like a layer of manure.”

Private eye Logan gets a visit from his lawyer friend Jack Davis. Davis is defending local scion Steve Duerr against a murder charge. Duerr’s partner was murdered in their home, while Duerr was there, taking a shower. There was no sign of forced entry and their dogs apparently did not come to the dead man’s aid. It looks open and shut.

I enjoyed the many plots twists in this story, almost to the very end. The ending makes the method of telling nonsensical. I do see why the author wanted to tell the story in the way he did. It’s great. I loved this character’s voice. I would read a novel about this character, written this way, no question. But this ending? It needs a different take on things.