At last report, Cultural Offering needs 74 more nominees for his "read a short story every day of summer" project. Let's help him out.
You can't go wrong with Raymond Chandler. Here's the first paragraph from "Trouble Is My Business":
Anna Halsey was about two hundred and forty pounds of middle-aged putty-faced woman in a black tailor-made suit. Her eyes were shiny black shoe buttons, her cheeks were as soft as suet and about the same color. She was sitting behind a black glass desk that looked like Napoleon's tomb and she was smoking a cigarette in a black holder that was not quite as long as a rolled umbrella. She said: "I need a man."