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“This is a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.“ (Hunter S. Thompson)
"A best book of the year." (Los Angeles Times)
“A book as stunning as it is shocking. In Stillman’s prose, you can almost feel the blistering heat of the Mojave Desert, smell the stale beer of the seedy bars... This book is unforgettable.“ (Arizona Daily Star Sunday Book Review)

あらすじ・解説

August 2, 1991, Twentynine Palms, California: a troubled Marine who has recently returned from the Gulf War savagely murders two young girls. One was about to turn 16, the other 21. Exquisitely and inexorably, Deanne Stillman uses this tragedy as a prism through which she examines a rootless culture of fatherless families, shattered dreams, and relentless violence. She also traces the family histories of each murder victim back for generations, in one case to the Donner Party and the other to a shack in the Philippines. In haunting, vivid prose, she creates a far-reaching story of America itself, carrying us into the empty white heart of the Mojave, as we meet and come to know the modern nomads who turn to the West for salvation, only to be devoured by its false promise.

©2001 Deanne Stillman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Ashley Ashcraft
  • 2020/11/03

Ugh...

I am obsessed with anything true crime... but this book was awful. It just kept going and going and going. Author over explained things not necessarily that had nothing to do with the crime. Only about 20% of the book was about the actual crime. I typically like listening to 10+ hour long books but I couldn’t wait for this one to be over and it was a shorter one then I typically listen to. Would not recommend.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Allie
  • 2020/10/25

I gave up.

Three chapters in I couldn’t take it anymore. I live true crime but this is disappointing to say the least! Save your credit and your time.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Laura J. Brunson
  • 2017/03/23

Beautifully Wrtten and Haunting

Stillman guides the reader through a devastating tale. Beautifully written. Haunting. Poetic. Spiritual. Masterfully done.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Greenbeans
  • 2020/11/13

Way too wordy

The story is good, the narrative pleasant but way too many extraneous details not really related to the story. Off topic quite a bit.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • leslie mccreary
  • 2020/09/28

Just skip it

I never got to the actual court cases of the book because I couldn’t take it anymore. The pointless filler at the beginning, the excessive descriptions of the desert and the narrators voice, made listening painful. I ended up skipping into chapter 4, hoping to get to the actual case, but again it just drone on and on.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Dennis
  • 2021/02/09

Editorial more than documentary or true crime

Came away with way to much insight to the writers own beliefs, including how she feels politically and environmentally.

Distracted a lot from the real story. Disappointing really and did a great disservice to the women, girls and families involved.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • kiddomarie
  • 2020/12/04

Just okay.

Just okay, the author is no Ann Rule. It didn't flow well and was hard to follow the timeline. Also was almost too wordy at times.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Em
  • 2020/12/03

That’s one way to do it

The narrator was fine but the story itself... meandered a lot. I feel like following along as the story progressed or starting at the trial and then doing the whole history at once would have flowed better... it skipped around a lot without obvious reason... not hard to follow but very jarring. I like try crime but the bouncing back and forth made the story boring

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Millan
  • 2020/11/07

The American we don’t see.

A tragedy of murder and violence is told in a tale of history of women experiencing abuse in generations of one family. The setting in the dessert town of 29 Palms introduces the reader to a land of bikers, misfits, exploited women and Marines from the nearby base. A mix of the social misfits and outcasts who seemed trapped in a land of bleakness.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • High C
  • 2020/10/18

Profound and moving

This book is a stunning piece of literature. For me, an amazing find with its lyrical descriptions of the Mohave area geology and biology - written seamlessly one with the impoverished people who live there. But this is book is a true story about the Marine code and how its war culture was complicit in the rape and murder of two young women.