The Man Who Beat His Dog
Forensics
Desperado
Edward Mullany


The Man Who Beat His Dog

He worked near the top floor of one of the city’s many office buildings, which meant that every weekday morning, or most weekday mornings – for some days were holidays, or days he called in sick – he was obliged to move vertically through space to a height at which humans didn’t ordinarily exist. He could take the elevator or the stairs, though to take the stairs he would have to exert himself to an unusual degree, and would have to allow the people with whom he worked, and who’d realized he’d taken the stairs, to regard him with amused disbelief.



Forensics

Because the bodies of the deceased in the lecture hall were positioned in such a way that the authorities were unable to infer a pattern according to which they’d become victims, the shooter was said to have killed indiscriminately.



Desperado

The outlines of three horsemen who’d appeared on the opposite ridge at sundown would otherwise have struck him as beautiful.



Edward Mullany’s writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Alaska Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, Tampa Review, and other journals.



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