Drowning in the Desert: A Nevada Noir Novel (Western Literature and Fiction Series) (Paperback)

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Drowning in the Desert: A Nevada Noir Novel (Western Literature and Fiction Series) (Paperback)


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Desert stillness meets the cacophony of Las Vegas.

Norman “Fats” Rangle, an ex–deputy sheriff, operates a horse stabling and excursion business with his brother and sister-in-law on their family ranch in the small rural community of Blue Lake, a few hours outside of Las Vegas. By chance, high on a southern Nevada mountain range, Fats discovers the wreckage of a plane that crashed two years earlier. Although he reports his find to the sheriff, he does not disclose that someone had already been to the crash site—evidence that Fats deliberately destroyed.

Soon, Fats is tracking back and forth between Las Vegas and Blue Lake in a search for a missing cousin, a briefcase full of cash, and, finally, for a killer. Along the way, Fats also begins to understand that he’s searching for himself and his place in a rapidly changing West.

Angry and alienated, Fats distrusts everyone he meets, from sleaze-merchants and political power brokers to two women: one he wants to believe in, a retired judge; and the other, a police sergeant, he can’t quite believe isn’t deceiving him. After all, in this Nevada, corruption is a given. Everybody lies. Much is uncertain—motives, loyalties, affections. But in Drowning in the Desert, one thing is certain: water is a precious resource that can both kill and be killed for.
Bernard Schopen was born and raised in Deadwood, South Dakota. After a stint in the U. S. Navy, he earned degrees at the University of Washington, and then a PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno.  An academic career returned him to UNR, where he was the recipient of the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award in 2007. Schopen has published seven novels, including The Iris Deception: A Jack Ross Mystery. He was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2000.
Product Details ISBN: 9781647791186
ISBN-10: 1647791189
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Western Literature and Fiction Series
Drowning in the Desert follows the twisted intrigues of a crime investigation while exposing both the ambiguity and darker side of human behavior. The book’s central theme of corporate and political corruption to obtain water rights is reminiscent of the neo-noir film China Town.” 
H. Lee Barnes, author of The Gambler’s Apprentice