Desert Prophets is a genre hybrid combining the historical family saga and noir fiction.
According to author Bill Smith, "The family saga is a genre of literature which chronicles the lives and doings of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time… this is often a thematic device used to portray particular historical events, changes of social circumstances, or the ebb and flow of fortunes from a multitude of perspectives." According to the online encyclopedia, Wiki, "An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the period depicted.”
Noir fiction, while usually a sub-genre of detective writing, has emerged as a separate genre. It includes intricate plots with lots of twists and turns, flawed characters, betrayal, entrapment,
and themes of lust, violence, addiction, and alienation.
Historical Family Saga Novels:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Noir Fiction Novels:
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Anything by Raymond Chandler