R. Thomas Brown has a piece up at Powder Flash called "Hurt" that pushes all the right buttons. I really like how Brown creates a world almost identical to our own, but where violence is acceptable, or even healthy. With precision, he paints a character who we all know, and then shows how she changes. Very well done.
And Court Merrigan has a nice, slow burn over at PANK Magazine with "The Cloud Factory." A hardboiled tale about crank dealing, a car crash, and a whole lot of money. The story's set in Wyoming and Merrigan does a great job using vivid details to make it come to life.