How Hard the Ground

How Hard the Ground

How Hard the Ground

Short Story by Harvey Stanbrough



An anoymous tip has led a hard-boiled detective and two deputies into the desert on a recovery operation.

The overwhelming solitude lends the scene an air of remorse and quiet reverence.

Lost in his thoughts, the detective draws parallels between violence on a massive scale and the ability of life to endure.


Harvey Stanbrough adheres to Heinlein’s Rules and writes across all genres. His works have been nominated for the Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair Award, the Foreword Magazine Engraver’s Award, the Pushcart Prize, the BEA (NY) Book of the Year Award and the National Book Award.

Harvey has written and published 20+ novels and novellas, 160+ short stories, and hundreds of poems. He has compiled 5 critically acclaimed poetry collections and 25 collections of short fiction.

Harvey’s titles are available in every ebook format in over 400 markets and 1200 libraries worldwide. His longer works also are available in print. He splits his writing personality among four personas and various pseudonyms.