Rat by Woody Hanstein
by Barb Goffman
200/366 from the anthology Deadfall (Level Best Books, 2008)
A skeptical prosecutor’s case hangs on a rat — a guy in jail who claims his cellmate confessed to him. It will be hard for the prosecutor to make his case with a felonious stooge as his star witness, especially because the witness will only take the witness stand if he’s let out with time served. But in this case, it seems worth it. The witness knows things he couldn’t know if the murderer hadn’t confessed to him, so the jury will have to believe him and justice will be served.
It will be served. Right?
A good story.