Business of Blood
by Bart Cline
A woman under threat from her jilted fiancé hires a down-on-his-luck detective to help. She seems like an ordinary client, but the case gets dangerous as it becomes clear she is acting strangely, hiding something. But the detective's penchant for whiskey and wisecracking are minor issues compared to his nocturnal lifestyle. What bloody secret does he harbor? A story after Chandler and Stoker.