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August Twentynine Palms, California A Troubled Marine Who Has Recently Returned From The Gulf War Savagely Murders Two Young Girls One Girl Was About To Turn Sixteen, The Other Twenty OneExquisitely And Inexorably, Deanne Stillman Uses This Tragedy As A Prism Through Which She Explores Not Only The Murders And The Families Involved But A Rootless Culture Of Fatherless Families, Shattered Dreams, And Relentless Violence In Haunting, Vivid Prose, She Creates A Farreaching 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


10 thoughts on “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave

  1. says:

    This is a superior book of the true crime genre, and closer to the approach of Truman Capote or James Ellroy rather than Ann Rule Rule s books recount an enthralling murder case, and basically it s, just the facts , and the other two authors try to capture a bit of the emotional fall out of the atrocity And, this is what Deanne Stillman has beautifully accomplished Much has been made about how the author presents the Mojave desert as a major ingredient in this bloody and senseless double murder But, I think what really sets this novel apart is how she showcases the less than sterling characters of the victims and their families Mandi Scott and Rosalie Ortega were promiscuous drug takers who hung around with the wrong crowd , yet Stillman really evokes empathy for them They really come across as loving and caring individuals wise beyond their years, and this makes the tragedy even devestating.This is a great read, and I d recommend it to anyone who loves true crime books that aspire for just a bit .


  2. says:

    I had been visiting Twentynine Palms for many years before I read this book It made a big impression on me, I think Stillman loves the desert.


  3. says:

    It was AWFUL I think it might have given me a small stroke just from reading it past page 100 It took me three times longer than a normal book its size simply because it is written in such a confusing manner Painfully plodding Skipping around without any need, and done clumsily The whole point of the story is lost in a tale, or tales of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, etc etc It seems as though the author s mind has suffered and succumbed to her own drug abuse Sorry but where was the publisher on this one Aren t they supposed to guide the writer and help them stay on track This book is mental abuse upon the reader I stuck it out only because I m a masochist The story might have been worth the telling at some point but the author turned it into a confusing, garbled, unintelligent recap of multiple womens history of abuse at their husbands or boyfriends hands while living in the steamy desert outside of Los Angeles I know the area and it s beautiful, but now, I m afraid, the author has made it seem like it s completely overrun with nothing but trailer trash and meth heads I read these reviews a little too late I only read this book because some lady I know told me I should I found out later, when I had finished, and went to ask her why in heavens she thought this book was worth reading, that she told me she herself had put it down shortly after telling me to read it, and simply forgot that she had recommended it to me DO NOT READ THIS TRASH IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND WILL ROT YOUR BRAIN LITERALLY


  4. says:

    Terrible murder set in an out of the way corner of America It s as much about the weird, alienated culture of the Mojave desert as it is about the lives and deaths of Rosie, Mandi and their killer The author zigzags all over this story, taking you back two generations for the deep underpinnings, then fast forwarding to now, then weebling to ten years ago and wobbling to last week She also uses a lot of out of control run on sentences But it s a memorable story that ultimately all comes together in a nightmarish way.


  5. says:

    This book, technically a true crime book, is not perfect It s a bit wordy and overexplained in places But it has stuck with me since I read it about 6 months ago for its insights into how women usually abused women work hard to make new lives for themselves living at the edge in so many ways and why their efforts are so often unsuccessful.


  6. says:

    The author paints an unattractive portrait of people who call the Morongo Basin home She fails to recognize the beauty of the desert and the quality of good people who live there Oh, and then there is the fact that this story is full of half truths and victim blaming Kind of annoying when you actually lived through the events sort of described in this book MISS YOU MANDY


  7. says:

    A haunting and evocative journey to strange and recognizable terrain, 29 Palms is a fascinating and chilling read This was another book where I was completely engrossed by the characters the conscientious research makes this book stand above other true crime reads.


  8. says:

    I read parts One and Two, but couldn t go on It felt like every man beat his wife, every woman was a victim, and there was way too much description about the natural beauty of the area I also though the story jumped around too much.


  9. says:

    Gritty, down in the dumps realism by Deanne Stillman in her depiction of life of these two families who were involved in this crime.


  10. says:

    I have to say I love true crime, a dirty vice, and the descriptions ofthe mojave were good I like the idea of the desesrt as a grim oven and that out there history doesn t matter, space does