The Beneficiary by Marshall Thornton
Approx. 10,560 words.
Published on January 30, 2009.
Set during the L.A. riots, this contemporary noir follows a real estate agent who's got a scheme to make a killing - but things don't turn out the way she planned.
Reviews have called the story "a great suspense tale", "told in tight concise prose with wonderful character development", and "it keeps you turning pages."