In Chris Grabenstein’s “Ring Toss,” John Ceepak and Danny Boyle go to bust a crooked ring toss game on the Sea Haven, New Jersey, boardwalk.
In the midst of the bust, a more serious crime beckons. An infuriated guest calls the police to the motel Boyle's friend Becca is running for her parents. Someone stole a valuable ring from a dorky bride-to-be.
The young woman’s family reserved one floor of the motel. They (and the other tenant Ceepak and Boyle deal with) are not the ideal guests.
As always, Ceepak holds to his code. He will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. And Boyle stretches things a little.
“Ring Toss” is available as an inexpensive e-book edition. This short story first appeared in the June 2010 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.