Fallout in the Desert by Janet Lynn

My husband Will, a published author also, and I co-write the Skylar Drake Murder Mysteries, a hardboiled 1950s series.

Our third book takes place in 1955 Las Vegas. We knew nothing about the area when we spent a week in Vegas to research the era. We had the opportunity to interview a gentleman, Mike, who was born and raised in Las Vegas and a young adult in 1955. He talked about the Atomic Bomb testing from 1952–1963, nuclear testing was taking place 50 mi north Las Vegas. Residents and tourists were enamored with the blasts. They threw all-night parties called “Dawn Bomb Parties,”  in-sight of the mushroom cloud at dawn.

It seems the city took the fame and ran with it. There was a new drink called Atomic Cocktail, beauty pageants crowned Miss Atomic Bomb and an “Atomic Hairdo” or the “Mushroom Cloud Hairdo”.

          He said people came from all over America to see the spectacle and Las Vega’s population more than doubled. People would venture with atomic lunchboxes for a lunch date in the desert.

He smiled and said, “We called our city the “Atomic City.”

In hindsight, the suffering these tests caused families and the resulting human tragedy can’t be explained away. “We were stupid to think we could control the fallout and wind shift of the desert. But for a period of time we enjoyed jubilation of technology and the power atomic energy gave us.”

          After the interview with Mike, we headed to the County Library and found stories of the testing and how people welcomed it. We also found pictures of the things Mike talked about. We just had to use them in our book.

The results? DESERT ICE was released in January…and yes, we’re still married.

Website: www.janetlynnauthor.com

Blog: http://www.themarriedauthors.blogspot.com

Synopsis for DESERT ICE


In 1955, a missing Marine and stolen diamonds lead Private Eye Skylar Drake to Sin City, where the women are beautiful and almost everything is legal—except murder.

The FBI and a Las Vegas crime boss force him to choose between the right and wrong side of the law. All the while, government secrets, sordid lies and trickery block his efforts to solve the case.

Common sense tells him to go back to L.A. but is gut tells him to find his fellow Marine.


2 thoughts on “Fallout in the Desert by Janet Lynn

  1. radine says:

    WOW, what a blast!

    • janet lynn says:

      Hi Radine, The fallout was quite an interesting time for Las Vegas, people came from everywhere to see and experience the blast. It was a special time in pride of the US for making such advances in science, and for Vegas for hosting so many people. If they only know the problems it would cause in the future.

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