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In the fall of 1960, the lives of four young people collide at The House of Three Murders in the middle of the vast Mojave Desert. The encounter alters all of their lives in different ways, but none of them will ever be the same. The novel follows the four: three white teenagers and a young Mojave Indian, as their lives spin off in different directions. A deputy sheriff, a In the fall of 1960, the lives of four young people collide at The House of Three Murders in the middle of the vast Mojave Desert. The encounter alters all of their lives in different ways, but none of them will ever be the same. The novel follows the four: three white teenagers and a young Mojave Indian, as their lives spin off in different directions. A deputy sheriff, a liquor store owner and a woman living a marginalized life are part of the unfolding story. The narrative provides a look into small-town life in an isolated desert railroad town. A member of the Mojave Tribal Council, her wheelchair-bound son, a politically ambitious school superintendent, a lonely man grieving his wife, and a mysterious, wealthy family play prominent roles in the novel.


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In the fall of 1960, the lives of four young people collide at The House of Three Murders in the middle of the vast Mojave Desert. The encounter alters all of their lives in different ways, but none of them will ever be the same. The novel follows the four: three white teenagers and a young Mojave Indian, as their lives spin off in different directions. A deputy sheriff, a In the fall of 1960, the lives of four young people collide at The House of Three Murders in the middle of the vast Mojave Desert. The encounter alters all of their lives in different ways, but none of them will ever be the same. The novel follows the four: three white teenagers and a young Mojave Indian, as their lives spin off in different directions. A deputy sheriff, a liquor store owner and a woman living a marginalized life are part of the unfolding story. The narrative provides a look into small-town life in an isolated desert railroad town. A member of the Mojave Tribal Council, her wheelchair-bound son, a politically ambitious school superintendent, a lonely man grieving his wife, and a mysterious, wealthy family play prominent roles in the novel.

30 review for The House of Three Murders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann-Marie "Cookie M."

    Even though this is the first book in Gary J. George's Smoke Tree series it is the second one I have read. There is just something about them that appeals to me. He writes about a time and place that might as well be the moon to me, desert country California in the early 1960's, but his people are genuine, and the town of Smoke Tree could be a real place. The troubles people get into are hard troubles, and Sheriff's Lt. Carlos "Horse" Caballo, is a good man who does his job with a heart. Even though this is the first book in Gary J. George's Smoke Tree series it is the second one I have read. There is just something about them that appeals to me. He writes about a time and place that might as well be the moon to me, desert country California in the early 1960's, but his people are genuine, and the town of Smoke Tree could be a real place. The troubles people get into are hard troubles, and Sheriff's Lt. Carlos "Horse" Caballo, is a good man who does his job with a heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Heslop

    There are universals to small town life that extend even to urban neighborhoods, the shared knowledge of people living in close proximity, for example, where no one is ever really a stranger and a secret is never really a secret. But George has captured elements here that are unique to those remote, rural small towns where escape is across miles of open country rather than city blocks, where a restrained tension smolders beneath the surface, and a connection to the land surrounding you is close There are universals to small town life that extend even to urban neighborhoods, the shared knowledge of people living in close proximity, for example, where no one is ever really a stranger and a secret is never really a secret. But George has captured elements here that are unique to those remote, rural small towns where escape is across miles of open country rather than city blocks, where a restrained tension smolders beneath the surface, and a connection to the land surrounding you is close and undeniable. Smoke Tree, California in 1960 is hard by Route 66, America’s highway to the west, and the Santa Fe Railroad. The nearby Colorado River is slowly being captured and corrupted by progress,the town embraced uncomfortably and sometimes unwillingly by the Mojave Indian Nation. It’s a place where a teen’s years are as important as any anywhere and the author has drawn his characters with sensitivity and clarity: Johnny Quentin the school’s football star; his pal Ade, a young man more wise than his years; Judy McPhearson, Smoke Tree’s own Estella Havisham, a cold, hard beauty. Their lives, along with that of a young Mojave man of the Pipa Aha Macav tribe will converge, drawn to a calamity that will prove to be more an awakening than tragedy. Told primarily in the first person voice of Ade, George clearly has an affinity and knowledge of the landscape, bringing it to life in, often, vivid detail as Ade and Charlie Merriman traverse the wild hills about them in their separate quests, each in search of their own truths. Circumstance proves to be a guiding force as George builds tension and pace, bringing each character’s life closer to its destiny. Courtroom scenes are fast moving and told with the knowledge of an experienced hand. There is much here to grab you, to hold you, and to compel you onward. The House of Three Murders is a terrific story told with clarity and yet, there is much under the surface. Astute readers will be gratified with more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Danforth

    Sweet meandering mystery! My sister recommended this series to me and after reading book one, I will complete the series. I loved the slow meandering style of the characters, it captures life in the late 50’s, early 60’s at the dawn of the Vietnam war. Life was different. The description of the land is superlative, the stillness of the desert, the beauty, the heat, the cold. The integrity of the characters and their story is real.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baobab

    I picked this book up thinking it would be a murder mystery something like the mysteries by Tony Hillerman. It isn't exactly that, although it does have some of that (murder, Native American culture, description of life in the Southwestern desert, narrative relating the life of the investigators and witnesses). It also has a healthy dose of coming-of age story, and Deer Hunter-style story of lives destroyed by the Vietnam War. Overall I found the book riveting, at least the main character's reac I picked this book up thinking it would be a murder mystery something like the mysteries by Tony Hillerman. It isn't exactly that, although it does have some of that (murder, Native American culture, description of life in the Southwestern desert, narrative relating the life of the investigators and witnesses). It also has a healthy dose of coming-of age story, and Deer Hunter-style story of lives destroyed by the Vietnam War. Overall I found the book riveting, at least the main character's reactions to the murder and its effects on their lives; the descriptions of the land, and more. By the way, it isn't much of a mystery, since the author brings us into the murder showing us everything that happened along the way It turns out that the book isn't about solving the murder (that part turns out to be easy) but rather picking up the pieces. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely be looking for other books by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    I don’t often write book reviews. They are, in fact, one of my least favorite things to do, but when I picked up The House of Three Murders by Gary J. George, I knew I couldn’t avoid sharing this really good book! It was a breath of fresh air after reading several of those books classed as “literary fiction,” where everybody rattles on ad nauseam about their inner feelings and subconscious urges. The last of those was the worst; it started out as an engaging story and then once the author apparen I don’t often write book reviews. They are, in fact, one of my least favorite things to do, but when I picked up The House of Three Murders by Gary J. George, I knew I couldn’t avoid sharing this really good book! It was a breath of fresh air after reading several of those books classed as “literary fiction,” where everybody rattles on ad nauseam about their inner feelings and subconscious urges. The last of those was the worst; it started out as an engaging story and then once the author apparently felt duty-bound to include the main character’s diary, it degenerated from there. The main character (a 27-year-old male) started acting and thinking like a 15-year-old girl. Ugh! So the main thing I appreciated about The House of Three Murders was its honesty. It’s a story set in the fictional town of Smoke Tree, on the California side of the Colorado River not far south of where Bullhead City sits on the AZ side. All the action happens in 1960, and the author did a good job of keeping his time period straight, mostly avoiding inserting 21st Century mores into it, which I appreciated. The characters are well-drawn and quite real. I live in Yuma, quite a bit farther south on the river, and I can sometimes still see the ghosts here of some of the attitudes of 50 years ago. Things have changed quite a bit. The story could not have happened the way it did in today’s cellphone-connected world. I really don’t want to say too much about it because I’m afraid I’d 1) go on far too long, and 2) give away some vital detail that would be a spoiler. I will say, though, that a rousing good story was exactly what I needed, and I have high hopes that the author has a few more like this lurking on his hard drive. Heck, I’d pay full hardcover price for those books! Anybody that lives on or near the river, or anywhere in the region they call the Desert Southwest should read this book. You WILL enjoy it! Other reviewers have drawn parallels between George’s work and that of Tony Hillerman or J.A. Jance, but I haven’t read any of their books, so I can’t comment there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    A decrepit old house, The House of Three Murders, sits ominously in a thicket in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The site of a gruesome mutilation years before, the house sits almost forgotten until the lives of five people intersect with it on a November night in 1960. Gary J. George’s The House of Three Murders takes the reader on a wild journey through the lives of these five, mainly from the point of view of Charlie Merriman, a young Mojave Indian, and Aeden Snow, a high school student. Geor A decrepit old house, The House of Three Murders, sits ominously in a thicket in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The site of a gruesome mutilation years before, the house sits almost forgotten until the lives of five people intersect with it on a November night in 1960. Gary J. George’s The House of Three Murders takes the reader on a wild journey through the lives of these five, mainly from the point of view of Charlie Merriman, a young Mojave Indian, and Aeden Snow, a high school student. George uses an interesting technique to tell his tale – Merriman’s story is told in third person, while we hear directly from Snow. Instead of being disruptive, as such point of view switches often are, this method of telling the story helps to heighten the tension as George adeptly weaves the threads of two disparate lives together to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion. The author does a remarkably effective job of painting small-town life, and his dialogue is spot on in pulling us into the narrative. The House of Three Murders is a tale well-told.

  7. 5 out of 5

    DElizabeth DeWolfe

    Superb character development A slow start leads to well defined characters and a plot that could have been turned into two novels. Fascinating descriptions bring the reader into the feel of the lowlands on the Colorado river in a way that equals what Edward Abbey did for the desert years ago.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracey S Choat

    4 1/2 Stars Well written book. It brought back so many memories of growing up in the 1960's-1970's, my father's deployment to Vietnam, our loss of innocence. The characters were well portrayed, the plot was interesting and the ending was surprising. I'm going to read the next in this series. 4 1/2 Stars Well written book. It brought back so many memories of growing up in the 1960's-1970's, my father's deployment to Vietnam, our loss of innocence. The characters were well portrayed, the plot was interesting and the ending was surprising. I'm going to read the next in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Good book, nice writing, good balance between action and non-action, even the ruminative writing (which in general I detest) was pretty good, a tour de force of the human habitat in the eastern Mojave. Characters were mostly decent people just trying to get thru life. I appreciate that in a book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky Roberts

    Possible to taste the desert sand The descriptions of the desert add depth to a novel about youth,loyalty, friendship and mentoring that will appeal to readers of all ages, furthermore to those who have lived in and loved the desert.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Malone

    Good boook Loved reading about the small town I spent my summers at. Remember hearing about the legend. It brought back all the things I loved about the town.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I almost didn't read all of this book. When it got to talking about a lot of football. ( not a fan at all) But I am so glad I did. A good book but some sad things at the end. Charlie an Indian who got hooked up with Sixto a bad bad man. Things happened and Sixto got killed and Charlie was tied up by him before, he died. Three teens decided to go to this empty house were Charlie and Sixto was. They thought they were alone. They accidently sit the house on fire. Charlie managed to get out. So did I almost didn't read all of this book. When it got to talking about a lot of football. ( not a fan at all) But I am so glad I did. A good book but some sad things at the end. Charlie an Indian who got hooked up with Sixto a bad bad man. Things happened and Sixto got killed and Charlie was tied up by him before, he died. Three teens decided to go to this empty house were Charlie and Sixto was. They thought they were alone. They accidently sit the house on fire. Charlie managed to get out. So did the teens. but down the line the police charged Charlie with armed robbery. In a town where the judge didn't like Indians or Mexican. Charlie case didn't look so good. The army was involved in the story as some of the young men ended up joining the service. Kind of like different parts of the story taking off in their own way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JJGChandler

    I almost gave this book two stars but I went with three. It's well written but in a nutshell.....kind of boring. It's not a book that will keep you up at night because you can't put it down. In other words it's not a "page turner". If you want to read a pleasant book with not many twists and turns this is for you. Also, the Ade character is totally unbelievable. He is just to nice especially to his parents. As someone who raised four boys and an uncle to seven others I can assure you teenage boy I almost gave this book two stars but I went with three. It's well written but in a nutshell.....kind of boring. It's not a book that will keep you up at night because you can't put it down. In other words it's not a "page turner". If you want to read a pleasant book with not many twists and turns this is for you. Also, the Ade character is totally unbelievable. He is just to nice especially to his parents. As someone who raised four boys and an uncle to seven others I can assure you teenage boys do not treat their parents and authority figures as Ade does throughout the book. By far the best part of the book are last twenty or so pages. They say a lot about life, expectations and the passage of time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Pignolet

    Engrossing I had no idea where this many layered story would go, but it's twists and turns melded with a sad symmetry into an all too accurate depiction of coming of age in the sixties. Grow up in a small, remote desert town. Deal with high school's demands, Friday night football, racial and economic prejudice. Throw in a senseless crime and mix with the intricacies of multi-state jurisdiction. Top it off with the saga of Vietnam. This story is a casserole not to be missed. I was deeply touched. Engrossing I had no idea where this many layered story would go, but it's twists and turns melded with a sad symmetry into an all too accurate depiction of coming of age in the sixties. Grow up in a small, remote desert town. Deal with high school's demands, Friday night football, racial and economic prejudice. Throw in a senseless crime and mix with the intricacies of multi-state jurisdiction. Top it off with the saga of Vietnam. This story is a casserole not to be missed. I was deeply touched.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pat Grady

    Thought-provoking Author Not your average mystery, this... Well-developed, relatable characters, and a general sense of intelligent young adults leaving childhood rather abruptly behind and beginning to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the people and society around them. Not stuffy or preachy, but more thoughtful than most. Beautiful descriptions of that particular desert environment and the people who love it. Am delighted to be introduced to this writer; so glad it's a seri Thought-provoking Author Not your average mystery, this... Well-developed, relatable characters, and a general sense of intelligent young adults leaving childhood rather abruptly behind and beginning to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the people and society around them. Not stuffy or preachy, but more thoughtful than most. Beautiful descriptions of that particular desert environment and the people who love it. Am delighted to be introduced to this writer; so glad it's a series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ski Croghan

    A truly multi-layered book...... Part coming of age story, part mystery book, part philosophy story and part ecological story and totally teriffic story. Not my usual type of reading but once I got past the first couple of chapters I couldn't put it down. It starts out with 3 high school seniors in November 1059 and ends 10 years later. A commentary on some of the most important years in our nation's history. Well written with very few errors, none of which very very major. A truly multi-layered book...... Part coming of age story, part mystery book, part philosophy story and part ecological story and totally teriffic story. Not my usual type of reading but once I got past the first couple of chapters I couldn't put it down. It starts out with 3 high school seniors in November 1059 and ends 10 years later. A commentary on some of the most important years in our nation's history. Well written with very few errors, none of which very very major.

  17. 4 out of 5

    tina m gervasio quisito

    Extraordinary Well Crafted Story; Exposed the the Viet Nam effect on the men that experienced it Amazing story, exceptionally well crafted tale of life in the 1960's. Highly recommend to anyone. Gary George combines a strong story line with exceptional detail to background and environment. His description of the Mojave desert and surrounding mountains is surreal. Can't wait to read next book in series, though this one is stand alone complete. Extraordinary Well Crafted Story; Exposed the the Viet Nam effect on the men that experienced it Amazing story, exceptionally well crafted tale of life in the 1960's. Highly recommend to anyone. Gary George combines a strong story line with exceptional detail to background and environment. His description of the Mojave desert and surrounding mountains is surreal. Can't wait to read next book in series, though this one is stand alone complete.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Loved this book Thought at first it was going to be a hard book to read but before I knew it I could not put it down. teens learning how quickly lives change, finding out that as adults it is still the same, just more serious changes, but life goes on and everybody needs to do what they have to do to continue.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerri Woman

    Another 5 star read. I wanted to find more out about this story which was mentioned a few times in book 3. Enjoyed this story very much. I'm not much for going into description of the story like a book report or giving way the end of the story either, and I'm not going to now You want to know about Ade and what happens to him and his "friends", just read the book. Another 5 star read. I wanted to find more out about this story which was mentioned a few times in book 3. Enjoyed this story very much. I'm not much for going into description of the story like a book report or giving way the end of the story either, and I'm not going to now You want to know about Ade and what happens to him and his "friends", just read the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherron L Pace

    Green latrine I haven't seen those words out together for years. Reading this brought back many memories and interesting perspectives on the legal system. This book leaves a person with a feeling for what Viet Nam did to live of those who fought in the 'green latrine'. Green latrine I haven't seen those words out together for years. Reading this brought back many memories and interesting perspectives on the legal system. This book leaves a person with a feeling for what Viet Nam did to live of those who fought in the 'green latrine'.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Peace

    I am humbled This is a story about small town life that is vivid, heartbreaking and a pure pleasure to read. I will never look at the desert environment the same. The characters are real and painted with a gentle understanding of humanity and the storyline was a creative surprise.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Mcclelland

    When a Broken Heart Doesn't Mend Johnny Quentin thought he had everything ... a cool car, a beautiful girlfriend, best friend Aede, and a future career in football. A really crazy thing happened the night before Homecoming ... and his life changed forever, and not in a good way. When a Broken Heart Doesn't Mend Johnny Quentin thought he had everything ... a cool car, a beautiful girlfriend, best friend Aede, and a future career in football. A really crazy thing happened the night before Homecoming ... and his life changed forever, and not in a good way.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Thank you, Mr. George I had to hit five stars for this lovely story. Honest, and sweet. There was no way not to fall in love with most of the characters, thankfully there was one to despise! Well done, and I look forward to the next in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton

    Looking Past An interesting and thought provoking view of life in rural American West during the 60’s and early 70’s. The author captures the dramatic affects of war on many young men of the time while humanizing the individual characters and their struggles to survive.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose Hauge

    A solid read I loved this book and can’t wait to read more by him. It introduced me to the Mojave Desert and the descriptions made me really current about the land. Not to mention that the characters became my friends and I didn’t want it to end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    It was a pretty good read. Gave an insight on Indian life in the Mohave in 1960.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    This was an excellent book! Initially, there were moments when I wondered why I was reading it; I kept reading and completely changed my mind. Definitely a 5 star book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Kanocz

    I enjoyed this book. It was well written and pulled me. I was wanting more when the book came to end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Lewis

    A decent story. I thought it was a little slow at times, but I would read more by this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim Tomlin

    First book I read, really got me hooked waiting for the next installment.

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