Heat of Passion by Kathleen Ryan

by Barb Goffman

Published in the e-zine A Twist of Noir in February 2011


From the beginning of his career as a cop, Doug had been warmed about the bimbo-basement dilemma: You screw around on your wife, she’ll find out, and you’ll end up divorced and only being able to afford living in a basement. So when ya think about screwing around, you better decide if the bimbo is worth the basement. Well, Doug thinks he’s found a way around that …

This story is a finalist for this year’s Derringer Award in the flash-fiction category.