What is The Juliet? It’s an emerald, but it’s also much more. It’s cursed … or at least that’s what legend would have us believe. In contemporary day, Rigg Dexon, an old cowboy, lives in The Mystery House. Tourists would sometimes make their way to his door looking for The Mystery House. He’d lead them astray telling them the house had to be burned down years before because of some ‘Hantavirus’. He’s aware of what they really want. “They were looking for a shiny piece of green rock that had been making fools out of men for more than a hundred years…”
The Juliet and The Mystery house were the brainchild of the Stieg twins back in 1893. The Juliet had been broken nearly in half during a struggle. Once rich and powerful, the boys had little in the way of an inheritance from their father. They decide to create an extravagant treasure hunt for the jewel. Clues began to appear in The Inquisitor in 1894 – “Where is The Juliet?”
Summarizing this novel is like trying to catch a dozen chickens all at one time. It’s a multi-layered story with quite a number of characters. The story is told through the hundred year history of The Juliet. The author deftly describes the dry and arid conditions of the primary location in Death Valley. While the land is barren, the characters are anything but. They’re vibrant and they’re certainly diverse, even erratic. The Stieg twins were genuinely, and I’m sure intentionally, a creepy addition. Rating: 3 out of 5.