Ballistics Came Back by Ryan Quinn Flanagan


Ballistics came back,
said Jellison.

What was it?
asked Turner shuffling through
old files on his desk.

Whatever I say it was,
Jellison laughed.

Well, this case here was a .38,
but these three were 9 mm.

You got any .40 calibers over there?
asked Houston from a desk on the far wall.

Four, replied Turner.

Well, let’s say ballistics was a .40 this time
and a match to all our outstanding .40 caliber cases.
Next time we can call it a 9 mm
and clear your three other cases,
plus any new ones that come in.

Hell, we could almost clear our caseload,
by the end of the week,
Jellison laughed.

Look at this mug shot,
said Turner.
And his priors.
He’d be perfect to go down
for our .40s.

Jellison and Houston agreed.
That bastard would get life or the chair.

And the department would keep its highest conviction rate
in the entire country for the next fiscal year.

© 2020 Ryan Quinn Flanagan


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Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, BlogNostics, In Between Hangovers, The Rye Whiskey Review and The Oklahoma Review.


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