A literary mystery, The Trailcutter touches on environmentalism, Millennial economic anxiety and Los Angeles’s urban wilderness.
When he was younger, Leonard “Lee” Skay weathered the psychological fallout of his mother’s escape from a cult. Now entering middle age, he is a builder of hiking trails around Los Angeles County, though hasn’t been hired in a while. His marriage to Dawn, a professional screenwriter, is one of increasing friction and unspoken resentments. So when a wealthy colleague of Dawn’s named Terry Thomas asks him to build a private trail in the canyon behind his Malibu home, Lee jumps at the opportunity.