“I’ve got a shocker for you, Sarge. Sorry.”
short review for a short story!
i did not see this one coming at all. it starts out as a police procedural/murrrrrderrr mystery and soon becomes something else that becomes something else in a perfect storm cocktail of unreliable narrator, spoooooky twilight zone nightmare scenario, and “wait, but what IF???” realization that dredges the reader through fifty shades of doubt before leaving them with what will probably be a lifelong fear of figs. intriguing, no?
it’s a bit longer than many of the free tor shorts, so make sure you have enough time to settle in with it and then get ready to add one more thing to your list of “irrational things i worry about in the wee insomniac hours.”
read it for yourself here: