Cracking in the desert heat, the sleepy town of Twenty nine 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 friends wife, Twenty nine Palms is the perfect refuge. Standing on the balcony of room 203 at Rancho del Doro tea, Jack plans to lay low for a few days, relax, and enjoy the high desert and the pool. But Jacks 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 Twenty nine 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 14-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, Twenty nine Palms is a sun-soaked, skittering race toward a surprising truth.
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High Drama in the High DesertUser Review - Alster - Borders
It's all here. Vivid imagery, swift pacing, pitch-perfect dialogue—everything you'd expect from a successful screenwriter like Daniel Pyne. But in his debut novel, Twentynine Palms, you get to see ... Read full review
TWENTYNINE PALMSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Character is key in this deliciously edgy thriller, screenwriter Pyne's (The Manchurian Candidate) first novel.A snapshot: Two 14-year-olds in Santa Barbara, Calif. Jack Baylor, a total innocent, is ... Read full review