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Publisher Comments:

Quiver is a spectacular debut….With a large cast of characters—each presented as meticulously as an Andrew Wyeth portrait—and numerous points of view, all funneling inevitably to a stunning conclusion, you will be holding your breath until the final page. Peters dad should be proud.”

--Otto Penzler

“A strong debut that combines a tight plot (about a deadly double-cross in the woods of Michigan) with memorable characters and dialogue—come to think of it, not unlike what Leonards father, Elmore Leonard, creates.”

--Seattle Times

“An outstanding debut….Leonard, the son of grandmaster mystery writer Elmore Leonard, deftly utilizes frequent flashback scenes in a tense tale thats easily one of the best crime novels of the year.”

--East Lansing Journal

“The best parts of the novel concern the crooks, who, if not as gloriously quirky as those in Elmore Leonards novels, are sometimes funny and sometimes scary.”

--Washington Post

"Peter Leonard's energetic style makes one forget the name Elmore and concentrate on the Leonard....Good writing may be in his genes, but the style's all his own."

--Oline Cogdill, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

One of the most riveting and powerful new voices in crime fiction, Peter Leonard delivers a razor-sharp debut thriller.

Kate McCalls husband has been killed by her son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. While Kate struggles with her sons surly guilt, her first love, Jack, an ex-con, reappears, along with a crew of his former “colleagues.” While Jack must convince his partners in crime that he really did lose the heist money, his appearance sets into motion a series of events culminating in a life-and-death confrontation with a gang of killers.

Leonard displays remarkable maturity for a first-time novelist in both the plotting of the story and the language of his protagonists. The twists and turns of a love affair, an unrequited crush, and a kidnapping/extortion plot complement a tightly drawn, intimate cast of memorably quick and dim-witted characters.

Quiver marks the breakthrough of a new force in thriller writing---an explosive and unforgettable debut.

Praise for Quiver:

“With its clever plotting and blood-and-guts characters, Quiver will certainly put Peter Leonard on the map. This is the start of something special.”

---Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Overlook

Quiver's supercharged plot, rhythmic dialogue, and cool-under-pressure characters kept me reading into the night. An impressive, exciting debut from Peter Leonard.”

---George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener  

"Quiver is a surprise and a delight, a twisty deadpan troll through some very devious neighborhoods.  I welcome Peter Leonard and look forward to whatever he wants to offer next."

--- Donald Westlake

"Quiver is terrific.  I have to make the corniest admission of all: Couldn't put it down."

---Mike Lupica, NY Daily News columnist

“Peter Leonards first novel, Quiver, amply shows that hes the great Elmores son. This book is a wicked trip with the creeps and pukes that inhabit the criminal world who collide with a convincing heroine. The setting in the rural north of Michigan is unique and engaging. I salute Peter Leonard at the beginning of what will obviously be a fine career.”

---Jim Harrison, author of Returning to Earth and Legends of the Fall

"Quiver is a terrific debut. Peter Leonard has a good ear for voices, a good eye for detail, and a talent for bringing together elements that can't do anything but explode."

---Edgar Award Winner Thomas Perry, author of Silence

Review:

"A fatal hunting accident propels this disappointing debut set in Detroit and environs from Leonard, the son of legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard. Given that 16-year-old Luke McCall shoots an arrow that passes through a deer and kills his former race-car champion father, Owen, one might expect more focus on Luke's psychological torment than on the efforts of Owen's devastated widow, Kate, to contend with a string of unscrupulous suitors, starting with her old lover, Jack Curran, who once rescued Kate from a Peace Corps assignment in Guatemala turned ugly. Curran conceals not only his recent prison stint but also his continued association with a group of desperate and sadistic criminals, including Teddy Hicks, who assaulted Owen several years earlier. A kidnapping engineered by Hicks and company leads to a violent showdown at the McCalls' hunting lodge. A muddled plot, one-dimensional characters and a predictable ending will leave readers hoping for better things in Leonard's next novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Life, as our leaders keep reminding us, is unfair, and that's true in spades in the book review game. To start with, roughly a zillion books are published for every one that is reviewed. What's more, even if you do get reviewed — I speak from hard experience — your book is far more likely to fall into the hands of a numskull who hates it than to find its way to a sensitive soul who appreciates its... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

QUIVER is the razor sharp debut from one of the most riveting new voices in crime fiction today--a superbly crafted thriller from the son of the grandmaster of mysteries

Synopsis:

A superbly crafted thriller from the son of Elmore Leonard, this razor-sharp debut tells the story of a family torn apart, an obsessive love affair, and the dark heart of an ex-convict. Martin's Press.

Synopsis:

Kate McCalls husband has been killed by her son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. While Kate struggles with her loss and Lukes surly guilt, her first love, Jack, an ex-con, comes back to Detroit, looking for redemption. Even though his past—in the form of his former “colleagues”— trails close behind…

Now, Jack must convince his partners in crime that he really did lose the heist money—and find a way to win Kates trust. But Jacks return to civil society sets into motion a series of events culminating in dangerous seduction, extortion, and a high-risk confrontation with a gang of killers who dont believe in second chances…and are dead-set at getting even. No matter what the cost.

Synopsis:

Kate McCalls husband is killed by her teenage son, Luke, in a tragic bow hunting accident--an incident that sets into motion a series of events, culminating in a dramatic, life and death confrontation with a gang of killers.  Included in the gang is Kate's first love -  an ex-con who himself is struggling to persuade his former "colleagues" that he really did lose the heist money.

Peter Leonard displays remarkable maturity for a first-time novelist in both the language of his protagonists and plotting the story - the twists and turns of a love affair, an unrequited crush and a kidnapping/extortion plot complement a tightly-drawn, intimate cast of memorably quick and dim-witted characters all set around the Leonard family's home turf of Detroit.  QUIVER marks the entry of a powerful new voice in crime fiction - and a masterful and powerful debut.

About the Author

Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard, the grand master of crime fiction. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife, Julie, and his four children, Tim, Alex, Max, and Kate. Quiveris his first novel. Visit him at www.peterleonardbooks.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312379025
Author:
Leonard, Peter A
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author:
Leonard, Peter
Author:
Sowers, Scott
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 cds, 7 hrs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.69 x 1.095 in

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Product details 352 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312379025 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A fatal hunting accident propels this disappointing debut set in Detroit and environs from Leonard, the son of legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard. Given that 16-year-old Luke McCall shoots an arrow that passes through a deer and kills his former race-car champion father, Owen, one might expect more focus on Luke's psychological torment than on the efforts of Owen's devastated widow, Kate, to contend with a string of unscrupulous suitors, starting with her old lover, Jack Curran, who once rescued Kate from a Peace Corps assignment in Guatemala turned ugly. Curran conceals not only his recent prison stint but also his continued association with a group of desperate and sadistic criminals, including Teddy Hicks, who assaulted Owen several years earlier. A kidnapping engineered by Hicks and company leads to a violent showdown at the McCalls' hunting lodge. A muddled plot, one-dimensional characters and a predictable ending will leave readers hoping for better things in Leonard's next novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
QUIVER is the razor sharp debut from one of the most riveting new voices in crime fiction today--a superbly crafted thriller from the son of the grandmaster of mysteries
"Synopsis" by , A superbly crafted thriller from the son of Elmore Leonard, this razor-sharp debut tells the story of a family torn apart, an obsessive love affair, and the dark heart of an ex-convict. Martin's Press.
"Synopsis" by ,

Kate McCalls husband has been killed by her son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. While Kate struggles with her loss and Lukes surly guilt, her first love, Jack, an ex-con, comes back to Detroit, looking for redemption. Even though his past—in the form of his former “colleagues”— trails close behind…

Now, Jack must convince his partners in crime that he really did lose the heist money—and find a way to win Kates trust. But Jacks return to civil society sets into motion a series of events culminating in dangerous seduction, extortion, and a high-risk confrontation with a gang of killers who dont believe in second chances…and are dead-set at getting even. No matter what the cost.

"Synopsis" by ,
Kate McCalls husband is killed by her teenage son, Luke, in a tragic bow hunting accident--an incident that sets into motion a series of events, culminating in a dramatic, life and death confrontation with a gang of killers.  Included in the gang is Kate's first love -  an ex-con who himself is struggling to persuade his former "colleagues" that he really did lose the heist money.

Peter Leonard displays remarkable maturity for a first-time novelist in both the language of his protagonists and plotting the story - the twists and turns of a love affair, an unrequited crush and a kidnapping/extortion plot complement a tightly-drawn, intimate cast of memorably quick and dim-witted characters all set around the Leonard family's home turf of Detroit.  QUIVER marks the entry of a powerful new voice in crime fiction - and a masterful and powerful debut.

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