Faculty News: Deanne Stillman’s Desert Reckoning Named Top Book Of The Year

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We love Deanne Stillman’s books, clearly, so it’s nice when other people agree with us. In this case, it’s the Pima County Public Library who named Deanne’s book Desert Reckoning one of the best books of the year:

Nearly a decade ago a week-long manhunt by hundreds of police personnel in the Mojave Desert led to the death of desert-rat, loner and civilization-hater Donald Kueck. He had murdered a local sheriff’s deputy and then gone on the run and into hiding. Stillman’s research and presentation are simply superb. She presents a broad point of view and allows all the major players in the drama to speak for themselves. When we finish reading we may think either “tragedy” or “just-desserts”, but we won’t doubt that we understand who, why, when, where and how.

[W. David Laird]In this expansion of her award-winning Rolling Stone article, veteran crime-writer Stillman examines the 2003 murder of a sheriff’s deputy by a recluse in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles. Through skillful use of sparse sources and a deep understanding of the history and culture of Southern California, Stillman paints a vivid picture of lives drifting out of control and the desert’s mesmerizing attraction for loners and misfits. Written in luminous prose, this spellbinding book provides a compelling and terrifying look into the violent margins of modern society. [Bruce Dinges]
By | 2017-05-18T16:48:28-07:00 December 29th, 2012|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Deanne Stillman’s Desert Reckoning Named Top Book Of The Year

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