Death of a Matador by Everett Powers
Approx. 123,000 words.
Published on January 23, 2013.
In the dusty California city of Stevinson, a matador enters a bullfight arena to face 1200 pounds of muscle and fury. He engages the bull and leads it through his cape with grace and flair until his legs and arms go numb: he’s been drugged. When his paralyzed arms drop the cape, the bull rams a horn into his liver and that’s it for the matador.
The killer didn’t mean for him to die, but oh well.