Books by Pete Hautman

THE KLAATU TERMINUS by Pete Hautman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stories aren't required to provide answers to the big questions they raise about faith, choice, identity and responsibility, but these deserve better than to be dismissed with an uncaring shrug. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A dazzlingly imaginative science-fiction trilogy, spanning the rise and fall of religions, civilizations and the human race itself, deflates into an oddly pedestrian conclusion. Read full book review >
THE CYDONIAN PYRAMID by Pete Hautman
Released: May 14, 2013

"Hautman continues to write mind-expanding adventures and nail-biting suspense to probe big questions of faith, destiny and personal responsibility. The next book can't come soon enough. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Middle books in trilogies are tricky, but this taut science-fiction thriller pulls it off with panache. Read full book review >
THE OBSIDIAN BLADE by Pete Hautman
Released: April 1, 2012

"Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel. (Science fiction. 12 & up) "
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale. Read full book review >
WHAT BOYS REALLY WANT by Pete Hautman
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A title that ought to be as appealing as the book Adam publishes but isn't; Hautman is capable of far better. (Fiction. 13-17)"
High-school student Adam Merchant is writing a small volume on what boys and girls really want, an irresistible topic for his classmates. Read full book review >
THE BIG CRUNCH by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A poignant and quiet tale in which the only special effect is love—refreshing. (author's note) (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Wes Andrews has just ended a suffocating relationship with Izzy. Read full book review >
BLANK CONFESSION by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"A sure hit with teen readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A stranger rides into town on a battered old BMW motorcycle and with mad ninja skills stands up to the drug-dealing bullies in the high school, then walks into the police station and confesses to murder. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMS by H.W. Brands
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2010

"Necessarily cursory—will leave readers wanting more—but elegantly written and sharp."
Two-time Pulitzer finalist Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 2008, etc.) accounts for the last seven decades of U.S. history. Read full book review >
HOW TO STEAL A CAR by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A sharply observed, subversive coming-of-age tale. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Hautman channels the cynically smart voice of a teenage sometime car thief in this sly cross between Blake Nelson's The New Rules of High School (2003) and Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2007). Read full book review >
DOPPLEGANGER by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The ending wraps up a little too neatly, with a murderer confessing to a crime in a magnificently convenient fashion, but the combination of high-speed chases, mysterious doubles and creepy strangers will undoubtedly please fans of the previous books in the series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When it comes to mysteries, sometimes they come to you and sometimes you have to go out and find them. Read full book review >
ALL-IN by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 5, 2007

"Character progression takes a backseat to the details of poker and the quest to win, but the tournament's tension is top-notch. (Fiction. YA)"
When Denn first came to Vegas, he was a 16-year-old poker player with $100,000. Read full book review >
ALL-IN by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 5, 2007

"Character progression takes a backseat to the details of poker and the quest to win, but the tournament's tension is top-notch. (Fiction. YA)"
When Denn first came to Vegas, he was a 16-year-old poker player with $100,000. Read full book review >
SKULLDUGGERY by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: May 10, 2007

"Nevertheless, the adventures of these meddlesome junior sleuths, with the mystery's tension cut by gentle humor, are quite entertaining. (Fiction. 9-11)"
After their successful sleuthing in Snatched (2006), Brian Bain and Roni Delicata are ready to solve more mysteries in their little town of Bloodwater. Read full book review >
RASH by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Bitingly funny and unexpectedly heartwarming, Bo's coming-of-age is a winner. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
In a cutting and comic gem, Bo Marsten is in trouble with the law: He's insulted a classmate, neglected to take his anti-anger medication and gone running without kneepad liners (required to prevent chafing). Read full book review >
SNATCHED by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: May 18, 2006

"If the story contained any condemnation of this behavior, perhaps it wouldn't be so jarring, but the characters seem more willing to condemn potential male abusers than actual female ones. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This lightweight whodunit stays puzzling through trickery. Read full book review >
THE PROP by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2006

"Hautman is never without his pleasures. This time they mostly come in the first 100 pages, before he deals the flop."
Something new for switch-hitting Hautman, who shuttles between comic crime (Doohickey, 2002, etc.) and YA fables (Godless, 2004): a sweetly twisted tale of mayhem at a tribal casino. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"The deceptively simple prose doesn't keep secrets from its readers, but Dougie's harrowing mysteries are no less tragic for their visibility. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Dougie Hanson is invisible to nearly everyone in this haunting, lonely tale. Read full book review >
GODLESS by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Thought-provoking and unique. (Fiction. YA)"
Agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason's mother is a hypochondriac, his father is religious, and best friend Shin is a snail-collecting freak. Read full book review >
SWEETBLOOD by Pete Hautman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite a cast of characters straight out of a formulaic problem novel, an original and powerful tale. (Fiction. YA)"
A gripping, painful, and well-written coming-of-ager with a twist. Read full book review >
DOOHICKEY by Pete Hautman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"Since Hautman has excelled in both fairy tales and comic nightmares (Rag Man, 2001, etc.), he's just the craftsman to plunk his appealing hero into the middle of a tale so finely balanced that it could go either way right up to the end."
Yet another struggling businessman with romance in his heart and felony dogging his footsteps. Read full book review >
RAG MAN by Pete Hautman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Not as many belly laughs as Mrs. Million (1999), but Hautman's skill at pulling the rug out from under his characters will keep you guessing till the very last page."
Just what you'd expect from Hautman when he lays off his series regulars: the heartwarming story of a Twin Cities doormat whose life is turned around by the con-man who's stolen every last penny from his business. Read full book review >
HOLE IN THE SKY by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Hautman at his best. (Fiction. YA)"
The 1918 influenza outbreak killed 100 million people, but in 2028, the pandemic known simply as the Flu wiped out more than five billion. Read full book review >
MRS. MILLION by Pete Hautman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"If Hautman's line-by-line writing is less joyously baroque than Hiassen's—and it's an awfully close race—his powers of invention and dexterity are even greater as he provides delightfully unexpected roles for Jayjay, Phlox, Gideon, and Barbaraannette's senile mother Hilde Grabo."
Hautman goes head-to-head against Carl Hiassen's Lucky You with his own hilarious take on the larcenous lemmings that swarm around a lottery winner. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers will understand too well how empty his triumph is. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager discovers an unexpected talent and runs with it in this perceptive cautionary tale from Hautman (Mr. Was, 1996). Read full book review >
RING GAME by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Effervescent yet inert, top-heavy with zanies afloat in their monumentally petty schemes. (Author tour)"
 Funny, heartless Hautman overreaches himself in this fourth tale of feckless plotters who seem to have broken out of Hiaasen's South Florida and flocked to the Twin Cities. Read full book review >
MR. WAS by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"More sophisticated readers, however, will find the realism refreshing and enjoy solving the conundrum of Jack's life. (Fiction. 12+)"
 Hautman (for adults, The Mortal Nuts, p. 622, etc.) combines the elements of mystery, science fiction, and domestic violence in his compelling and unrelentingly grim first novel for teenagers. Read full book review >
THE MORTAL NUTS by Pete Hautman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Joyfully loony—as blissful as a ton of cotton candy."
 Another riotous carnival of larcenous fun Ö la Elmore Leonard—this time set in and around a real carnival. Read full book review >
SHORT MONEY by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not as funny or as light on its feet as Joe's manic debut, but still as relaxing as two weeks in a country-club prison."
 A prequel to Drawing Dead (1993) that explains how ex-cop Joe Crow met Narcotics Anonymous stalwart Laura Debrowski and how he got his pink Jaguar, though not how he managed to stay alive long enough to star in the earlier novel. Read full book review >
DRAWING DEAD by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A first novel that's overplotted within an inch of its life, but relaxed and consistently entertaining—with some great poker and a positively sunny view of its lowlife principals."
 A ribald debut novel of sting and countersting—with one eye on Elmore Leonard and the other on the impossible dream of a cabin on a solitary Minnesota island. Read full book review >