Over Tumbled Graves (Paperback)
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Spokane, Washington, a bustling city split by hurtling white-water falls. One afternoon a young woman's body is found buried in a riverside park - then a second body, then a third. Before the week is out Caroline Mabry is plunged into a full-blown hunt for a serial murderer her colleagues have nicknamed the Southbank Strangler.



As Caroline and her troubled mentor, Alan Dupree, bridle under an investigation overrun by headline-grabbing "specialists" and bean-counting statisticians. As they close in on a suspect Caroline and Alan confront dark truths about the killer-hunting industry - and about their attraction to each other. And in the end they come face-to-face with an evil very different - and far more alarming - than the one they thought they were chasing.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340819913
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 252 g
Dimensions: 177 x 111 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An exceptional crime novel that transcends the mystery of crime and takes a courageous look at an even more profound mystery- the mystery of what it takes to continue living. As Jess Walter probes the nature of evil and its impact, he challenges his readers to reconsider their own complexity. Totally absorbing. * Ursula Hegi, author of Stones from the River and The Vision of Emma Blau *
An exceptional crime novel that transcends the mystery of crime and takes a courageous look at an even more profound mystery- the mystery of what it takes to continue living. As Jess Walter probes the nature of evil and its impact, he challenges his readers to reconsider their own complexity. Totally absorbing. * Ursula Hegi, author of Stones from the River and T *
Jess Walter has just about lapped the field with his superior first novel 'Over Tumbled Graves. The suspense and surprises are terrific, but best of all are the characters he has managed to create. * James Patterson, author of Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel *
Jess Walter has just about lapped the field with his superior first novel 'Over Tumbled Graves. The suspense and surprises are terrific, but best of all are the characters he has managed to create. * James Patterson, author of Along Came a Spider, Ki *
econstructing the Serial-Killer Industry
A home run off the first pitch...a tremendous debut, full of pace and tension and unexpected twists, but also full of depth and quiet intelligence that together lift it head and shoulders above the pack. * Lee Child , author of Killing Floor *

Jess Walter is a journalist and author of two previous nonfiction books, one
covering the Ruby Ridge slayings and another, In Contempt, co-authored with
Christopher Darden, on the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. Though both books
display Walter's flair for pacing and his ability to humanize news events,
neither approaches the tremendous emotional impact of his outstanding
mystery debut, Over Tumbled Graves (ReganBooks, $25). This account of a
fictional series of prostitute murders in Spokane, Wash., offers a whole new
perspective on serial killings.


"[An] intelligent, gripping, and genuinely scary novel about a serial killer...compelling...realistic." -- * Otto Penzler *
A Very intelligent, assured frist novel which should have the likes of Michael Connolly and Jeffrey Deaver looking anxiously over their shoulders. * Mike Ripley, Birmingham Post. *

Instead of fixating on the lurid details of torture or playing to readers'
fears, Over Tumbled Graves primarily follows the emotional journey of the
detectives trying to stop the violence. The book also uncovers the hypocrisy
and ego that plague what the author calls the "serial killer industry" --
the ever-growing tribe of reporters and so-called serial-killer trackers who
specialize in turning fear into profit. In doing so, Walter offers readers a
wonderfully plotted story and a very effective emotional subplot involving
the relationship between his two main protagonists: Detective Caroline Mabry
and her former mentor, Alan Dupree. Both officers are veterans of the
Spokane Police Department, and both, for personal reasons, are desperately
searching for answers about evil, justice and the fairness of life.


When a series of prostitutes is found strangled and dumped near the Spokane
River with $20 bills folded in their hands, it seems as if a textbook serial
killer is on the loose. However, when a number of similar crimes are tied
into the case, things become less clear. As the evidence departs from the
traditional profile of serial murders, jockeying for power within the
Spokane Police Department becomes intense. Things deteriorate further when
an FBI agent and a former agent join the investigative team. Both men, who
purport to be profiling experts, spend most of their time vying for media
attention. Meanwhile, Mabry and Dupree are quietly using their investigative
skills to help unravel the complex case.


'Over Tumbled Graves is, in some ways, an antidote to Hannibal. Without ever
taking the easy way out, the book explores the battle of good vs. evil on
very human terms -- as experienced by characters the reader can actually
empathize with and like."

* New Review *

The main characters in Over Tumbled Graves come from all walks of life: a
man just released from prison, a young prostitute, a female cop and her
cynical male mentor, a former FBI agent tortured by his ability to envision
the excitement a serial killer feels. Walter's omniscient narrative explores
the inner hopes, fears and motivations of all of these people -- bringing
depth and tenderness of emotion to every portrait. He rejects stereotypes,
giving even the bombastic serial-killer experts enough personal quirks to
define them as humans rather than cartoon characters.


A most accomplished debut. * The Sunday Telegraph *

Throughout the book, Walter uses nature metaphors to describe the effects of
crime on the human spirit and our society. Vivid descriptions of the rivers,
rocks and mountains surrounding Spokane balance the horrors of the killings
while underscoring the dubious contributions of mankind to our world. Walter
also vividly captures the inside world of cops, with setting and dialogue so
real that the reader feels as if he or she were sitting in a corner of the
squad room.


Insightful and absorbing, and a superb first novel for Walter * Tangled Web *

Subplots and character details wind through the book, masquerading as minor
descriptive or plot points until the very end -- when virtually every thread
comes together in a riveting ending that never sacrifices action for
emotional impact, or vice versa. During this climax, small moments are
revealed, in retrospect, as crucial turning points in the lives of main
characters. Flaws are shown to be strengths. Evil is revealed and then
redeemed. Moral ground is found. Obligations are released. And hard
questions are demanded of the reader. It's an outstanding conclusion worthy
of the book leading up to it.


An intelligent, thoughtful novel. * The Sunday Telegraph *

Over Tumbled Graves is, in some ways, an antidote to Hannibal. Without ever
taking the easy way out, the book explores the battle of good vs. evil on
very human terms -- as experienced by characters the reader can actually
empathize with and like. *


'A strong, character-driven serial-killer thriller...complex...fresh' * Publishers Weekly *
An accomplished character study...A very satisfying debut * Booklist *

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