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""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. Peter's 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 Leonard's 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 that's 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 Leonard's 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 McCall's husband has been killed by her son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. While Kate struggles with her son's 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 Leonard's first novel, "Quiver," amply shows that he's the great Elmore's 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"

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312379025
Call Number: F LEONARD
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm

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Mar 13, 2014

The blurb describes Leonard as a first time novelist. It is devoutly to be wished that he is a last time novelist if this stinker reflects what we can expect from him. Puerile plot lines, characters that fail to hold your interest and a lot of unnecessary padding are hallmarks of this "underwhelming and pathetic new voice in contemporary crime fiction".


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