Over Tumbled Graves: A Novel (Paperback)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
“Riveting. . . . Without ever taking the easy way out, the book explores the battle of good vs. evil on very human terms.” —Washington Post Book World
Dark in mood and rich in character, Over Tumbled Graves by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter is that rare thriller that manages to be at once viscerally gripping and deeply provocative
During a routine drug bust, on a narrow bridge over white-water falls in the center of town, Spokane detective Caroline Mabry finds herself face-to-face with a brutal murderer. Within hours, the body of a young prostitute is found on the riverbank nearby. What follows confronts our fascination with pathology and murder and stares it down, as Caroline and her cynical partner, Alan Dupree—thrown headlong into the search for a serial murderer who communicates by killing women—uncover some hard truths about their profession . . . and each other.
Rich with the darkly muted colors of the Pacific Northwest skies, Over Tumbled Graves established Jess Walter as a novelist of extraordinary emotional depth and dimension.
Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.
“Suspenseful,challenging and intelligently written, Over Tumbled Graves is a first novel of considerable depth and insight.” — The Dallas Morning News
“An original page-turner in this overcrowded genre.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“(Walter’s) first novel is an accomplished character study...A very satisfying debut.” — Booklist
“[An] intelligent, gripping, and genuinely scary novel...” — Otto Penzler, Amazon.com
“First rate writing speeds us to a perfectly foreshadowed plot twist and a gripping conclusion.” — Oregonian
“Disquieting. Walter(’s)...incisive sensitivity...emerges as a bitter metaphor.” — New York Times Book Review
“Breathtaking.Moving.Insightful. Excellent quality of writing.” — The Mystery Review
“Outstanding. Riveting. Never sacrifices action for emotional impact.” — The Washington Post Book World
"(Walter's) powerful fiction debut....stands out from run-of-the-mill serial killer novels...." — The Seattle Times
“Shifting like...currents, the story moves swiftly, promising a fast-paced thriller filled with inner turmoil as well as action.” — Sun Sentinel