In Over Tumbled Graves, Jess Walter, National Book Award finalist and author of Citizen Vince and The Zero, confronts our fascination with pathology and murder. A thriller of extraordinary depth and dimension, Over Tumbled Graves follows Caroline Mabry, a Spokane police detective searching for a serial murderer.
About the Author
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.
Date of Birth:July 20, 1965
Place of Birth:Spokane, Washington
Education:B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1987
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“[An] intelligent, gripping, and genuinely scary novel...”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Walter's books are all originals and this is no exception. It has all the requisite features for a good mystery -- smart detective (Caroline), evil crimes, and suspenseful twists and turns. But I liked this book because it goes beyond the mystery genre and is a darn good work of fiction. We come to know Caroline intimately and Walter does a masterful job of getting inside her head and avoiding the smart, tough-woman detective cliche (though she is smart and tough). Most mysteries are easy and fun reads and that's why we like them. This one is easy too, but an added pleasure because of Walter's intelligent, thoughtful, eloquent prose -- reminiscent of some of our greatest fiction writers. Artfully done.
I loved Citizen Vince and have been going back to read Walter's earlier books. This one doesn't have the great humor that made Citizen Vince so appealing. In fact, it's kind of grim. Det. Caroline Mabry is single, thirty-something, and trying to find a reason why she still lives in Spokane WA. She gets caught up in the investigation of the serial murders of several local prostitutes. This is a character-driven book. The kind I like. And, for those who like a good mystery, there's an ending with a twist.