"The Supreme Art of War"
When Sisters in Crime was founded, back in the 1980s, I tried to join but was turned down because of my gender. Eventually, though, the organization decided to admit males, who are affectionately referred to as "Misters in Crime," and I joined both the national organization and my local chapter, the "Chessies."
Some SinC chapters publish anthologies of short stories by members, and the Chesapeake Chapter is I think the most active in that regard, thanks at least in part to the proximity of Wildside Press in Maryland. Each Chessie anthology is themed, and the 2018 collection, Fur, Feathers, and Felonies, is obviously about animals. "The Supreme Art of War," though not originally written with this market in mind, seemed like a natural fit for Fur, so I submitted it — and, sure enough, editors Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley took it.
In his introduction to the book, Chris Grabenstein wrote: "'The Supreme Art of War' by Josh Pachter is everything a mystery short story should be, with a clever twist and surprise ending that would have made O. Henry proud."
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