Books by Jess Walter

WE LIVE IN WATER by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A witty and sobering snapshot of recession-era America."
The debut story collection from Walter proves he's as skilled at satire and class commentary in the short form as in his novels (Beautiful Ruins, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"A superb romp. "
Hollywood operators and creative washouts collide across five decades and two continents in a brilliant, madcap meditation on fate. Read full book review >
THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Midlife crisis farce laced with some larger truths about how we live now."
Unemployed suburban dad teetering on the brink comes up with a high-risk, recession-proof way to get out of debt. Read full book review >
THE ZERO by Jess Walter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"This is the breakout novel of a brave and talented young writer (Citizen Vance, 2005, etc.), though for some, it will seem so uncompromisingly chilling that it will be too much."
Five days after 9/11, Brian Remy, hero cop, first responder, wanders his city like a shell-shocked pilgrim in this brilliant tour-de-force that's as heartrending as it is harrowing. Read full book review >
CITIZEN VINCE by Jess Walter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 5, 2005

"Dispassionate and compassionate by turns, and always engrossing. Walter's best by far (Land of the Blind, 2003, etc.)."
A petty thief bucks one system to join another. Read full book review >
LAND OF THE BLIND by Jess Walter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2003

"Walter renders his blind land with a clear-eyed, compassionate vision."
The confusions of youth shape tragic, unhappy lives in this somber, absorbing second novel. Read full book review >
OVER TUMBLED GRAVES by Jess Walter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A well-executed tale from a journalist who serves the reader a nice variation on the Good Women, Hard Jobs, Tough Spots motif."
A Washington Post journalist (Every Knee Shall Bow, 1995, not reviewed) brings together a tight, well-researched, and satisfying first novel that follows the unexpected path of a serial killer in Spokane—and his heroine's attempts to keep up. Read full book review >