In May 1934, near Hugo, Oklahoma, a homeless man and his thirteen- year- old daughter are befriended by a charismatic drifter. Newly released from Leavenworth, Clint Palmer lures the pair to Texas where the father, Dillard Garrett, mysteriously disappears, and his daughter Lucile begins a one- year ordeal as Palmer's captive on a crime spree that culminates in the notorious Greenville, Texas "skeleton murder" trial of 1935.
C. Joseph Greaves
Brand: Thorndike Press
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At the beginning of the book, the relationship between the man & girl is somewhat implied. No gritty details or anything, which I liked. I also appreciated that there were only a few vignettes of the two together throughout the whole book. Toward the end the author gets a little more detailed, but I think he does so in order to get the reader on the side of the girl & to elicit a sense of disgust and finality from her. It is a fascinating story and worth the read. I found myself looking for more information about the case and the characters involved because there is so much going on before and after this story.
If you were lucky enough not to have lived through the Dust Bowl era, but somehow wanted to understand better what folks endured. This is your chance. The desperation, lust and depravity of some is in full evidence. You will be made to feel like you are onboard for this trip to hell and back. Greaves makes you sense the sights, smells and culture of the day whether you like it or not. Only thirty pages in i knew this book was going to end too soon. The best ones always do. I went back and read it again. I was wrong it's a 5 Star!
I am a descendant of Bill Oliver, and I must say that Mr. Greaves has done his research very well. I don't think he learned enough about the culture of southern Utah, as evidenced by the words he puts in Mr. Olivers mouth. I have spoken to several who knew him well and without exception they say "He would never have said that". All in all a good read and very well done for a novel that is based on a true story. By my assessment more true than novel!
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