About the books

About Mojave Crime Vol. 1

Homestead cabins fly in formation. A private eye wakes up at a motel with his gun missing-in-action. A biker’s secret takes the shape of a desert raven. Lost and damaged souls walk across an isolated, high desert landscape. Bullets fly and the knives are out. In old cars and dark bars, men and women struggle to find something – anything – to hang onto.

Mojave Crime Vol. 1 collects 50 “micro” crime fiction stories by Twentynine Palms writer Benjamin Goulet. In short bursts of action, dialogue and violence, each piece is a mini-gem of high desert noir. In the annals of Southern California writing, there’s nothing quite like it.

About Mojave Crime Vol. 2

A hapless actor finds himself on a hi-dez film set from hell. A young couple plots an insurance murder from a desert motel room. Seven terrible strangers come together in Joshua Tree for a reality show. A hitwoman ponders romantic poetry, while waiting for her target at a Yucca Valley bar. Old trailers burn to the dirt. Texts arrive from the afterlife. Gas stations become shooting galleries.

Mojave Crime Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, with 35 crime fiction vignettes and one full-length short story. The desert is hot. The lovers are cold. And the bad roads lead nowhere good.