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Issue 53

The mystery surrounding the death of a long-haul hiker in California spurs a seasoned park ranger to investigate the victim’s shadowy past. A punishing storm drives a gripe of elderly hikers into an age-old lean-to to repent their ill-advised trek. In eastern Oregon, a distractingly dispassionate dealer of precious rocks confounds a zealous collector of colorful Owyhee Jasper stones. And as a stampeding pachyderm heads for the highway in southern India, a photographer in jeopardy attempts to capture death on film.

We proudly present the work of Robert Beveridge, Roger Camp, William Doreski, Kathy Dunkerley, Bart Edelman, David Hagerty, Ann Howells, Mark Jacobs, Richard LeBlond, Robin Michel, and Jon Wesick. Plus, an exclusive interview with prize-winning fiction writer and essayist Robert Wexelblatt.