Allow me to introduce you to Joe's Girl, by David Cranmer, (The Education of a Pulp Writer). She isn't just beautiful, she's unforgettable. This is a story that will stay with you as it reveals an entire life with its hints of danger and touches of poignancy.
Wandering away from the Web for a bit, I've been flipping through an upcoming (May, 2010) anthology called The Dark End of the Street, edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan. (Not to be confused with Ace Atkins' excellent novel of the same title.) With a sub-title like "New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors," this collection sounds like very promising entertainment. I've only read two of the stories thus far, jumping straight to a pair of stories by reliable authors: Me & Mr. Rafferty, by Lee Child, and The Perfect Triangle, by Michael Connelly. Unfortunately for me, I found the former story predictable and the latter pointless. But I have still have hopes for this collection, as it also contains stories by Laura Lippman, Madison Smartt Bell, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, and some other impressive names.
In the plus column for my short story reading this month, the latest issue (May, 2010) of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is, as far as I have so far read, well worth the price of admission. Just a Thought, by Keith McCarthy; The List, by Loren Estleman, When Thieves Fall Out, by John F. Dobbyn; and A Small Technical Problem, by Caroline Benton, all make fine, fun reading. I'm looking forward to reading through the rest of the issue.