Search Results: "Jess Walter"


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OVER TUMBLED GRAVES by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE ZERO by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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CITIZEN VINCE by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LAND OF THE BLIND by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The truth about Sasquatch is revealed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Interesting idea, not-so-great execution. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
When Brie's heart literally breaks, killing her, she must go through the five stages of grief before moving on in the afterlife. Read full book review >

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BABYLON BOYZ by Jess Mowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

Mowry allows young readers to hang with the Babylon Boyz, an inner-city posse: Dante, a 14-year-old ``crack baby'' with a heart condition; Pook, a fearless, gay street fighter; and Wyatt, witty and able to slip a gun past the school's metal detectors by packing ``heat'' in his rolls of fat. Read full book review >

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THE TRAIN TO LO WU by Jess Row
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"This Whiting Award-winning author has a very bright future."
Set mostly in Hong Kong, seven stories portray dislocated lives: an impressive debut from an admirably protean storyteller. Read full book review >

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AUGUST MOON by Jess Lourey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"Another amusing tale set in the town full of over-the-top zanies who've endeared themselves to the engaging Mira."
A sweltering summer that would make most Minnesota librarians grateful for their climate control brings several dangerous cases to an amateur sleuth who just can't stick to the stacks. Read full book review >