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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/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312379025
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm.

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Kraut01 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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