The Crime Writers' Association

Short Story 2016

Alberto Barrera Tyszka
Stray Bullets
MacLehose Press


From Crimes published by MacLehose Press.
Shots are fired into a demonstration against the government, and on the television screens Henry Lucena’s family see him collapse and disappear in the middle of the panicked crowd. But his parents, siblings, and wife can find no trace of him, neither in hospitals nor policy custody. A story which deals less with solving a mystery than with the effects of loss in a world of media attention and political turmoil. The best of an outstanding collection by this Venezuelan author, this story’s understated conclusion will remain with readers.