Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History
Deanne Stillman, author of the widely acclaimed book of literary nonfiction, Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave, and the bestselling Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West, returns to Skylight Books to discuss and sign her latest, Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History. Desert Reckoning is based on her award-winning Rolling Stone piece "Mojave Manhunt." It was eight years in the making and is an epic tale of life in the shadowlands of 21st century Los Angeles.
"Stillman explores, with exquisite detail, the broken families and failed strivings of her two protagonists.... Through the lens of a gripping true crime story, this beautifully written, humane book preserves the history of a remarkable and very American place and its people." --Publishers Weekly
Deanne Stillman is the award-winning author of Mustang, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2008, and the cult classic Twentynine Palms, which Hunter Thompson called “a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” She is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program and currently divides her time between Tucson, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. Her latest book is Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History.
Photo of the author by Mark Lamonica.
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