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HENRY D. TERRELL-Desert Discord

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Desert Discord: Marijuana, Music, and Murder in a West Texas Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632991584
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: River Grove Books - December 22nd, 2017




Friday, July 6th at 7 PM

speaking & signing
Desert Discord: Marijuana, Music, and Murder in a West Texas Town




It's 1970 in the small West Texas city of Duro.

Andy is a twenty-three-year-old classical musician who moves around in all strata of society, from the elite to petty criminals. One night, he is attacked and beaten unconscious by young men who think he is gay, and he sustains a serious brain injury. As he gradually recovers, he is changed. He has difficulty speaking and is subject to terrifying nightmares and vivid musical hallucinations.

Andy's roommates, Douglas and Reed, are trying to grow a successful marijuana crop on a barren vacant lot despite the desert heat, the police, the marauding deer, and their own ineptitude. A millionaire oilman stages the kidnapping of his wayward grandson to "deprogram" him, only to have the plan go horribly wrong. Two teenaged girls vanish under strange circumstances, and some suspect Andy may be involved. Meanwhile, the young musician observes it all with his damaged but still brilliant mind.

Henry D. Terrell's quirky yet believable characters blur the lines of class and order, and his story remains tense and propulsive throughout a complex and freewheeling plot.


Henry D. Terrell is an American writer and novelist. He was born and raised in the oilpatch town of Odessa in West Texas, and graduated from Permian High School of Friday Night Lights fame. He studied English and Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BA in 1978. He spent the next three decades working for various business magazines and trade journals in writing, production and editing, with some side forays into advertising. From the late 1980s until 2015, he authored or coauthored more than 100 magazine articles focusing on various aspects of energy.

He wrote his first novel, Headfirst Off the Caprock, while working full time at a petroleum magazine, and published it in 2012. He retired from business writing in 2015 and has worked as a novelist ever since. He published his second book, Wait Till I Come Down, in 2016.

His most recent novel, Desert Discord, was published by River Grove Books in January 2018.

In addition to writing, Terrell is an amateur musician, songwriter and photographer. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas.

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