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Mystery Writers of America presents: When a Stranger Comes to Town with Guest Editor, Michael Koryta

“All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town.”

No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives and make us uneasy. Even the word itself carries duplicitous meanings; a stranger could be an uninvited guest, or something/someone with which we are unacquainted. “Stranger” could refer to one who does not belong, someone out of their element, or a person who remains completely unaware of a particular act or deed. We’re taught as children not to talk to strangers, to be wary of them when they’re on your street. What is it about strangers that is just so unsettling?

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