Police officer David Zellner is having a bowl of chili at his friend's diner before heading out to investigate a recent burglary at Henney's Jewelry Store. He discovers some immediate discrepancies between owner and employees, first the fact the owner recently removed a perfectly working alarm and replaced it with a different type of alarm, and second, the store had lost most of its business to a competitor across the street. It isn't long before Zellner identifies the culprit and solves the crime.
FALSE ALARM is a very short read that in truth left me a bit baffled. Perhaps it takes a second or even third read to find the hidden meaning, but I admit to not really getting the plot. I've read and enjoyed many of Untreed Reads short stories, but I just didn't get this one.
When Officer David Zellner is called in to investigate a burglary at a jewelry store, he soon discovers that although the employees and owner seem happy on the outside, each of them has their own motive for the crime. Zellner soon discovers that in the jewelry business, not all that glitters is gold. A work of super-short crime from our Fingerprints line.