Finding Frank Norris in the Santa Cruz Mountains
How the “McTeague” legend died and Robert Louis Stevenson’s widow remembered him
by Ryan Masters
A gargantuan spider web hangs across the steep dirt road.
It shimmers, translucent in the sunlight, its slack lines nearly imperceptible. I duck the web and trudge further up the road's corkscrew turn. The thick brush, thistle weeds, and poison oak part, revealing an ancient looking stone bench on the shoulder above the road.
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