Heir to a billion dollar Vegas casino empire, Ray Easler (Michael Madsen) has to hide a truckload of silver and cash in the desert before his enemies and the government comes to collect. He entrusts Matt Duvall (John Palladino) with burying the goods, but Matt has eyes for ex-stripper, turned Ray’s housewife Kim Davis (Shayla Beesley). Only two in the world know this buried treasure, deep beneath the Las Vegas suburbs, but when the nihilistic Ray is found dead on a mattress in his mansion; the spotlight gets turned on our lovers, Kim and Matt.
Based on the 2002 book of the same name that extensively covered the case of Vegas casino tycoon Ted Binion, Death in the Desert does an admirable job of recreating the events of the case. Considering the social status of Binion, I’m surprised that a bigger production was made. It’s a classic Whodunit, that could’ve been an attractive sell to a major studio. However, those familiar with the story, could be appeased with a fair performance from Madsen. While it won’t make the big screen Death in the Desert hits the small screen on february 16th via On-Demand mediums.