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A Soldier’s Return – “The Hard Rise” in EQMM

In “The Hard Rise,” by Carl Robinette, originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Hank Garnier is already a small-town hero and the rural press in Los Pinos County is not ready to let go of the past. But when so many of his fellow soldiers were cast out as “baby killers” the last thing Hank Garnier wants is to be called is “war hero.”

New Apartments or New Green Space?

Carl Robinette recently reported on a development proposed near the Los Angeles River. The LA River is that iconic concrete canal you see in movies like Terminator 2, but with large parts of the river inhabited by green space and wildlife, some groups want to expand and open the natural environment in and around the LA River, while developers see an emerging opportunity for high-end housing near Atwater Village.

Western Genre set in the 1960s – “The Hard Type” in EQMM

In Carl Robinette's debut short story “The Hard Type,” originally published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, we meet Hank Garnier. A 14-year old boy in the badlands of rural California during the wild 1960s. Will Hank show us the path of righteousness when his manhood is tested violently, or will he succumb to his own viciousness?

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Concerns Clash Over Possible Changes to Fletcher Drive

Carl recently reported on the possibility of “safety enhancements” to Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Outspoken road-safety advocates say major changes are required for the roadway while business community activists worry that slowing traffic down on the thoroughfare will create gridlock in the neighborhood.