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

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 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 >

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

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 >

FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

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

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

When Denn first came to Vegas, he was a 16-year-old poker player with $100,000. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The prime mover of this round's shenanigans is Hyatt Hilton, who feels at 44 that he's got just one last chance to grab the brass ring. Read full book review >

MR. WAS by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

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. When his grandfather Skoro dies, teenage Jack Lund and his mother journey to the old man's mansion in the aptly named town of Memory. Read full book review >

THE MORTAL NUTS by Pete Hautman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

Another riotous carnival of larcenous fun Ö la Elmore Leonard—this time set in and around a real carnival. Taco tycoon Axel Speeter, who doesn't like banks, keeps his fortune in Folgers—$260,000 in seven coffee cans, to be precise. Read full book review >

SHORT MONEY by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1995

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. Fat, confused Shawn Murphy, ten, tries to calm down his father George, who catches him masturbating, by telling him that George's client Dr. Nelson Bellweather told him all about it; soon afterward, Shawn casually shoots a legendary moose in George's Minnesota big-game ranch and then decides to take some time away from home. Read full book review >

DRAWING DEAD by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

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. The island dreamer, Joe Crow, ex-cop, ex-doper, turns down coked- up broker Dickie Wicky's request to find his roving wife Catfish's current lover and pay him $10,000 to disappear—but when a wild poker game leaves Dickie holding Crow's marker, Crow, still hoping to raise money for a down payment on that cabin, agrees to work off the debt by running Dickie's errand. Read full book review >