Take the Man's Pay by Robert Knightly originally appeared in Manhattan Noir
In Japan, in Kyoto, he would already have done what is expected of anyone arrested for a crime. He would have confessed, then formally apologized for upsetting the harmony of Japanese society. That is what you did when you were taken into custody: you accepted your unworthiness, took it upon yourself, the consequences falling across your shoulders like a yoke.
But he is not at home, he reminds himself for the second time, and there are decisions to make, and make soon.
A prostitute is found dead, having plummeted from a hotel room many floors up. The rooms only occupant is Taiku, a japanese businessman, who admits to having sex with the woman, but had no part in her death.
What follows his arrest can only be described as fun. He's taken in to the station house, and from there, he's just a pawn in the NYPD's confession game. They throw all kinds of tricks at him, some of which I'd never heard of, hoping to get his confession by 1pm. At only eleven pages, it offers an intriguing culture comparison, especially when it comes to crime, guilt, and punishment.
Search this story out, in either Manhatten Noir or The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 Edition.
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Dan Fleming is the writer/co-creator of Warrior Twenty-Seven, the independant comics anthology. He's been known to bury his nose in books since the earliest of ages, and has been busy writing a crime novel for a few moons. His comic work can be viewed at www.warrior27.thecomicseries.com. He is also one half of the podcasting duo, The Potato League Podcast, which can be found on Podbean. He can be contacted at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com