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Leave it to Carlton Stowers ... to shatter ... wistful reveries and replace them with a grittier, gorier version of the Lone Star State. This ...riveting recreation of true terrors proves that the uneasy solitude of the Texan desert ... serves as the perfect backdrop for crimes more horrifying than 10 gallon hats and Marlboro belt buckles (Amanda Holzer Flaunt Magazine)

Strung together like black pearls on some hellish necklace, the cumulative effect is impressive and oddly compelling. (Tim O'Reilly Ft. Worth Morning Star-Telegram)

A captivating collection of 18 true crime stories by respected Texas author and journalist Carlton Stowers. (Glenn Dromgoole Houston Chronicle and Herald―Zeitung)

Very highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review)

Stowers uses a gripping style...has earned the awards he's collected. (Gainesville Daily Register)

About the Author

Author and journalist Carlton Stowers' books include two Edgar Award winners, Careless Whispers (ISBN 0312977042) and To the Last Breath (ISBN 0312968191), the Pulitzer-nominated Innocence Lost (ISBN 0671676776), and his autobiographical Sins of the Sun (ISBN 0312975570). He has authored nearly 20 sports books and has written articles for numerous publications. He is a staff writer for The Dallas Observer and lives in Cedar Hill, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (January 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556229771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556229770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compiled by true crime writer and newspaper journalist Carlton Stowers, Death In A Texas Desert is a very highly recommended anthology of seventeen crime stories taken from the pages of the Dallas Observer. These were horrific cases of notorious events that range from the search for alleged murderer Ira Einhorn, to the legacy of racist killer bobby Frank Cherry, to the last, angry days of George Hennard who opened fire in Killeen's Luby's Cafeteria killing 23 patrons. These are stories of human experience at hits darkest as exemplified by Andrea Yates who killed her five children and the impact Rusty Yates, her husband and the father of her children whose life was irrevocably shattered in a few short hours. Other stories are about missing children, a rest home murderer, and murders solved almost a century after they were committed. Through each and every story, Carlton Stowers takes his readers seriously and provides them with stories that are devoid of gossip and exaggeration as we explore the darkest sides of criminology as they played out in the lives of real people with real consequences for themselves and their communities.
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I have always enjoyed Carlton Stower's books, and this is one of his best. It is a collection of true crime stories that have been published previously. The "Death in a Texas Desert" stroy is genuinely creepy. He does very good research and is a very entertaining writer.
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Several of Carlton Stowers' true crime stories for the Dallas Observer are collected in this humane, well-researched, and very readable book. I particularly recommend it to anyone who has lived or is living in Texas and so knows the headlines of these stories. I also recommend it to anyone who reads true crime. The only recently comparable books are two by Ferdinand von Schirach, called simply Guilt and Crime.

Stowers digs behind the headlines, lays out the evidence, and ends many of the stories with postscripts. In each case, and particularly in the title story, the twists of the actual facts outweigh even the most well-imagined novels.
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I'm always looking to read anything written by Carlton. I found this series of writings and am looking for anything else he is writting .
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