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Twentynine Palms

A Novel

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June 15, 2010 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582435732
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"Loss and redemption in the high desert, with enough colorful characters and twists of plot to keep the reader turning pages. Twentynine Palms is classic Californian noir." —Kem Nunn, author of Tapping the Source and Tijuana Straits

Cracking in the desert heat, the sleepy town of Twentynine Palms sits outside the bright blankness that is the sprawl of Los Angeles. For someone on the run like Jack Baylor, who needs a quick exit out of L.A. after a steamy affair with his best friend’s wife, Twentynine Palms is the perfect refuge.

Standing on the balcony of room 203 at Rancho del Dorotea, Jack plans to lay low for a few days, relax, and enjoy the high desert and the pool. But Jack’s best friend, Tory, is already following his trail up Highway 61, and he wants nothing but revenge.

Before Jack has a chance to plan his next move, a family disappears from the motel, leaving behind the signs of a gruesome struggle. In the eyes of the Twentynine Palms police, Jack is the only logical suspect. Now Jack has to clear his name and escape his angry best friend. With the unexpected help of a fourteen-year-old girl, Jack desperately works to evade the police and Tory before his world comes entirely unhinged.

With feverish southern California as the backdrop, Twentynine Palms is a sun-soaked, skittering race toward a surprising truth.

DANIEL PYNE is a visiting professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Film and a writing advisor for the Sundance Institute. He wrote the acclaimed scripts for The Manchurian CandidatePacific Heights, and Fracture, among others. Twentynine Palms is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Praise

“Loss and redemption in the high desert, with enough colorful characters and twists of plot to keep the reader turning pages. Twentynine Palms is classic Californian noir.” —Kem Nunn, author of Tapping the Source and Tijuana Straits

“Daniel Pyne’s Twentynine Palms is a terrific novel, both a first-rate thriller with sweet and comic twists, and a moving love story. It’s also got some of the best poetic and moody writing about L.A. and the desert community I’ve read in a long time. A one-sit read, which will leave you smiling.” —Robert Ward, author of Four Kinds of Rain and Total Immunity

“Pyne sure-footedly blazes a fresh trail through Chandler country in this taut, expertly wrought desert noir. Twentynine Palms will leave you buzzing like a heat-dazed cricket.” —Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu

“What a fresh and splendid take on noir traditions. The story is rooted in boyhood alliances that smolder into adult obsessions, with deadly consequences. Pyne, a screenwriter with a sharp eye for detail and dialogue, nimbly moves his tale from the rough, strange world of Twentynine Palms in the California desert to the equally rough, strange world of Hollywood movie making. Always engaging and never predictable, Twentynine Palms is hard to put down.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of Iron River and The Renegades

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