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The Desert King: A Jack Trexlor Novel

In 1985, Jack finds adventure in the desert.

Get lost in the desert!

It’s 1985, and Jack Trexlor is finally out of the Arizona Insane Asylum. He’d like to simply tend bar, paint pictures, and lay low for a while, but when his old friend Macy Barnes turns up, things quickly spiral out of control. Macy introduces him to an enigmatic Navajo man named John Lupo and the high-adrenaline world of the desert. Thrilled by adventure, Jack accepts their invitation to a weekend fishing trip. By the cool water of the Verde River, deep in the heart of the desert, he thinks he just may find something he’s been missing. What he finds instead is trouble. The group grows to include John’s girlfriend and Macy’s wife, and snakes, scorpions, and the ghosts of Jack’s own past keep everybody on their toes. And when some poachers slink out of the sagebrush, things go from bad to worse. As their quiet fishing trip decays into a desperate ordeal of survival, Jack slowly comes to realize that, even if John Lupo can lead them out of the desert, nothing will ever be the same.

Amazon exclusive!

As part of the release of The Dancing Queen, all the Trexlor books have joined Amazon’s KDP Select. Promotions of free days and discounts are coming, but for the next three months it’s exclusive to Amazon. Also The Desert King is now participating in Amazon’s Matchbook program, so anyone who bought the paper version from Amazon can get the e-book version for free. Stellar!

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If you like to read previews online, you’ve found the right book.Between the the preludes and postlude, excerpts and extras, you can spend quite some time browsing the literature. Enjoy.

Online Excerpts

The excerpts present material from the book, exactly as it appears.


I wrote quite a fair number of little vignettes showing Jack’s life leading up to his adventures in The Desert King. In them, a reader will gain insight into Jack’s state of mind going into his adventures, as well as an appreciation of Jack’s apartment and work life, which are never really explored in the book. The stories are listed here in chronological order. “Getting Out” takes place in August of the year before the adventure, and the stories progress until “Home Is Where The Art Is”, which is about two weeks before the start of The Desert King.

If you like the book, you’ll like these. And if you like these, you’ll love the book.


And here is a postlude, from a time soon after the story, fleshing out an event referred to in the book (or is this simply a prelude for The Tonto Ten?).


Some other things of possible interest to fans:

License note

Some previous editions of The Desert King: A Jack Trexlor Novel were released under a Creative Commons license, but the current edition has a license with all rights reserved. This change was necessary to support the current promotional efforts. This was not an easy step to take, but it was ultimately deemed worth it for the increased exposure of the book. It is expected that a future edition of the book will return to Creative Commons licensing. In the meantime, the author would greatly appreciate it if those with copies of the book under a Creative Commons license refrain from posting it online, as this could throw a wrench into the author’s plans for this book, and seriously, why would you want to do that?

Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.