Bill Crider put together this second DND anthology for Busted Flush Press. David Thompson was the publisher and he died from a sudden heart attack at a very young age, maybe even before this came out. It has some terrific stories in it. Bill really had sway in the crime fiction community.
I chose a story by Ace Atkins. I have read one or two of his novels and should read more. He is a terrific writer.
A former detective, known as the rabbit, is on his last trip, outfitted with all the drugs and help he will need to get through the last weeks of throat cancer. He decides to spend the time at a hospice in Florida. So his wife and he drive down to Florida to spend a month appreciating sunsets. But old habits die hard and he immediately notices that something is off about the guy who runs the place. He decides he is mobbed up and there is something off also about all the gorgeous eastern European women who serve as maids and his coterie. Fatmir dresses like a bad hombre and our detective watches him until he discovers just what his game is.
Now what made this story great for me was that the protagonist was both a tough guy as far as policing went and yet he was a tender guy with his wife, kids and a friend who comes to visit him. Both parts of his personality are in full bloom in this story. And the ending is poignant and fitting to both.