The Great Leader

The Great Leader

by Jim Harrison
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The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

Rapturously received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by readers, The Great Leader is an enthralling, blackly comic take on the detective story that follows a retired detective in hilarious and bold pursuit of a sinister cult leader.

Detective Sunderson is on the verge of retirement when he begins to investigate a hedonistic cult that has set up camp near his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his unlikely sixteen-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized. Recently divorced and frequently pickled in alcohol, Sunderson tracks his quarry from the woods of Michigan to a town in Arizona, filled with professional and criminal border-crossers, and on to Nebraska where the Great Leader’s most recent recruits have gathered to glorify his questionable religion. But Sunderson’s demons are also in pursuit of him.

Rich with character, unexpected twists, and Harrison’s trademark wry wit, The Great Leader is at once a gripping American odyssey and the poignant story of a man grappling with age, lost love, and his own darker nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802145987
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 469,636
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty-one books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, The English Major, and The Farmer’s Daughter. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and The New York Times. He has earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association.

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The Great Leader 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Vikings31 More than 1 year ago
Story was interesting and characters well developed but the ending left me flat. Seemed like Jim had to get it to the publisher the next day and just ended...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonist of this book is truly loathsome: an old alcoholic socialist who routinely peeps at underaged girls (perfectly legal, the idiot author assures us, since he's peeping from his own home). Somehow, this doesn't make me feel better about it. I literally disagree with every one of this character's philosophies and thus find his eternal musings a tremendous bore, occasiinally inrespersed with outrage at his disgusting drunken behavior. There is some small degree of humor, but not enough to justify giving this repulsive old lecher star billing in anything
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