"In the past, books on Death Valley history have tended to tread lightly on the topic of selling sex...Robin Flinchum's book helps fill this large gap in our understanding of Death Valley area history. From her work, we can see that red light women of the desert had to be strong and adventurous to survive in those wild and rollicking towns, willing to roll the dice in life, using whatever assets they had. They were resourceful human beings, the sort that were needed to build a civilization in the wilderness...quite informative and a good read." --Pahrump Valley Times
Reading Robin Flinchum's book is akin to moseying into a dusty boom town saloon, buying a fading dove du prarie
a drink, and listening as she began, "Let me tell you, young fella, what it was like..." And then, two hours later, realizing, "What a life! I had no idea!" ' --Nicholas Clapp, Author of Who Killed Chester Pray, a Death Valley Mystery and Old Magic, Lives of the Desert Shamans
About the Author
Robin Flinchum lives in Tecopa, California, near Death Valley National Park. She has worked as a freelance news correspondent for the Inyo Register
and Pahrump Valley Times
and her work has appeared in a wide variety of other publications. Her research and writings on women's history have been published by the Death Valley Natural History Association, the Nevada Women's History Project, Chronicles of the Old West, the Mojave River Valley Museum and the Beatty Historical Society.