Over Tumbled Graves

Popular Over Tumbled Graves Author Jess Walter Viral Book Jess Walter is the a

Popular Over Tumbled Graves Author Jess Walter Viral Book Jess Walter is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book His work has been translated into than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Details, Playboy, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe among many others.Walter also writes screenplays and was the co author of Christopher Darden s 1996 bestseller In Contempt He lives with his wife Anne and children, Brooklyn, Ava and Alec in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.. 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.. Good Ebook Over Tumbled Graves A long time ago I spent time in Spokane, Washington, the setting for this marvelously written literary mystery. The small city itself was an interesting place of contrasts, surrounded by a beautiful and dramatic landscape. This was in the 1970's, so I imagine it has changed a great deal. However, when I was there it was in the process of trying to fit two very different life philosophies together - blue-collar, hard-working hard-drinking country/cowboy-music unstyled people with calloused hands who hoped the logging/trucking/mining/farming jobs would last and they could stay near their grandparents, and stylish long-haired educated pot-smoking rock 'n roll people who were all hoping to move to Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon some day because they felt Spokane was destroying them with boredom and stultifying old-fashioned thinking. Old-fashioned vs. new methodologies are bedeviling Sergeant Alan Dupree, in his work as Spokane police detective in 2001, the current time of the novel. He has been partnered with a younger man, Chris Spivey, who has been accepted to Major Crimes, instead of his personal choice, Caroline Mabry, Special Investigations, who he had trained six years ago. Spivey is full of new methods and policing techniques. Dupree tries to lose him when he can. A lot of things are bothering him, not only Spivey and the new investigation standards. He secretly is in love with Caroline, who reluctantly refused a relationship with him, and his wife is unhappy in their marriage, apparently resenting his lack of attention. Following regulations and filling out paperwork has become more than irritating - he's getting angry and frustrated.Caroline Mabry has never recovered from a domestic disturbance call of 6 years ago which involved a drunk husband beating his wife into pulp. When the man lunged towards her, she shot him. She isn't sure it was a good shoot since her memory and the subsequent investigation, to her, seem to barely approve of the circumstances for a good shoot - the armed attacker who threatens an officer's life in a frontal assault should be 20 feet away or less. She thinks she fired compulsively without thought, surprised and shocked, reacting in sudden fear. In her memory the husband was farther away than 20 feet when she started thinking again. Despite being cleared by the shooting review, she has had increasing corrosive doubts about her judgement in every police action, uncertain if she is making the correct moves or following correct procedure. Adding to her discomfort is her present assignment with the drug detectives. Her usual work was in property crimes, and she does not like the sneaky deception and pretense behind every drug dealer takedown, particularly the wearing of disguises.Even though Dupree and Mabry only occasionally work together these days, and each are unaware of the other's deep depression, they are concerned by each other's visible show of internal anxieties. Both are seriously considering quitting, both feeling undermined and overwhelmed by the stresses of the job.Fortunately, gentle reader, they decide to continue detecting for 500 pages to catch a serial killer. It's a good thing they stay on the job because no one else in the Spokane police department has a clue, especially two feuding profilers who invite themselves to the investigation when the department finally accepts that the horribly murdered rotting bodies of teen prostitutes without fingernails are victims of the same killer. Calm yourself.Depression and doubts dogging their every step, Dupree and Mabry follow two separate threads amongst the meek and powerful, their bosses and lowlifes, while the bodies pile up. If you feel a little embarrassed by your own quickened breathing because of how wonderful this mystery full of tawdry depravity sounds, take heart! It's also a literary novel which has sentences with which any reader can impress their more high-brow friends in the retelling. The two detectives, along with the bad guy (sorry, I'm not going to reveal who - I'll only hint things are not entirely as you may think for 450 pages) are examined with believable depths and backstory which make this a three-dimensional look at people I think the author, Jess Walter, really knew before fictionalizing. This is good, and I recommend it for those readers who like a literary depth in their dark reading. There is a lot of character angst and not a lot of mayhem, which makes this slower paced, but there is still plenty of distress and deadly threats. However, some characters are cartoons (revenge or teasing, getting back at a real life acquaintance?), and there is a character who didn't feel right to me. The jokey ironies never felt misplaced, though. The violence is not explicit, but I never doubted the story or the action. However, I DO think perhaps these detectives should sit down with a psychologist of their choosing - but not until the end of the book...
Over Tumbled Graves A Novel P.S Aug , Dark in mood and rich in character, Over Tumbled Graves is the rare thriller that manages to be at once viscerally gripping and provocative on a deeper level Set in the city of Spokane, the novel follows detective Caroline Mabry as she descends into a nighmarish underworld of violence in pursuit of a suspected prostitute killer named Lenny Ryan. Over Tumbled Graves Caroline Mabry, by Jess Walter Jan , 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. Over Tumbled Graves A Novel by Jess Walter, Paperback Aug , Dark in mood and rich in character, Over Tumbled Graves is the rare thriller that manages to be at once viscerally gripping and provocative on a deeper level Set in the city of Spokane, the novel follows detective Caroline Mabry as she descends into a nighmarish underworld of violence in pursuit of a suspected prostitute killer named Lenny Ryan. Over Tumbled Graves A Novel eBook Walter May , Rich with the darkly muted colors of the Pacific Northwest skies, peopled with characters of extraordinary depth and dimension, Over Tumbled Graves marks the debut of a novelist with unusual insight into the human psyche This text Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter Alibris Buy Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter online at Alibris We have new and used copies available, in editions starting at . Shop now. P.S Over Tumbled Graves Paperback Walmart Dark in mood and rich in character, Over Tumbled Graves is the rare thriller that manages to be at once viscerally gripping and provocative on a deeper level Set in the city of Spokane, the novel follows detective Caroline Mabry as she descends into a nighmarish underworld of violence in pursuit of a suspected prostitute killer named Lenny Ryan.

  1. Jess Walter is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book His work has been translated into than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Details, Playboy, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe among many others.Walter also writes screenplays and was the co author of Christopher Darden s 1996 bestseller In Contempt He lives with his wife Anne and children, Brooklyn, Ava and Alec in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.

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  1. A long time ago I spent time in Spokane, Washington, the setting for this marvelously written literary mystery The small city itself was an interesting place of contrasts, surrounded by a beautiful and dramatic landscape This was in the 1970 s, so I imagine it has changed a great deal However, when I was there it was in the process of trying to fit two very different life philosophies together blue collar, hard working hard drinking country cowboy music unstyled people with calloused hands who h [...]


  2. Another great novel by Jess Walter I think this was his first work of fiction It might be not as polished or perfect as a thriller by an experienced author, but Walter succeeded in writing a crime story that has at the same time a literary depth and an engaging, believable plot Too often you find either one or the other, but not both elements in the same book Characters are 3D sculptures, alive and breathing from the pages You also have an original twist on the typical cynical investigator who b [...]


  3. Serious and yet oddly whimsical serial killer mystery This is Walter s first novel, and you can tell that there were a lot of elements he wanted to get in there the Green River Killer and the double edged sword of profiling and new policing vs old and T.S Eliot s The Waste Land and even a touch of romance I m not sure how well it all works together the resulting work feels a bit disjointed, not quite complete But it s also so much interesting and complex than the average mystery, with psycholog [...]


  4. I ve been thru Spokane before It s one of those mid sized smaller cities like Buffalo, NY Dearborn, MI Springville, IL and a city that I spent than 10 years in, Duluth, MN These cities and a handful of others had big big money when the railroad was big and when inland ports prospered There s a certain poverty that lives in these cities that threatens to drown out the history poverty resulting from meth, the white poor, bigger gangs moving into smaller communities, and the people that grew up in [...]



  5. After being totally wowed by the short story collection We Live in Water I ve been working my way through Jess Walter s back catalog Over Tumbled Graves is his first and it falls short of the mark set by The Zero and Citizen Vince This is a fairly typical story about a serial killer preying on prostitutes in Spokane Washington and the police officers trying to track him down It s not that the book is bad, it s just fairly unremarkable Walter seems to be just starting to find his voice The black [...]


  6. Finding a new author new in the sense of my never having been exposed to him before that I like is one of the great pleasures in life and I definitely will be looking for novels by Jess Walter in the future It turns out that this was Walters first published novel 2001 , and this copy was a 2000 advanced reader s edition Not For Sale This particular copy appeared on the book swap shelf at the VA Hospital last week Frankly, I picked it up largely because it was set in large print although, interes [...]


  7. After reading two recent impressive novels Citizen Vince and The Zero by Jess Walters I have decided to go back and read his first two novels The first of which is Over Tumbled Graves The title comes from an epigraph from T.S Eliot s seminal poem The Waste Land In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing Over the tumbled graves In fact, Walters states in an interview in the back of the book that he has tried to write a parallel structure with the poem in the novel I can t judge whether he has a [...]


  8. So, I read Land of the Blind before reading this, which meant I knew how certain things would go Somehow, though, that didn t change how much I enjoyed the book I think that really says something about the power of good writing However, I strongly recommend reading this first This book follows Caroline Mabry and Alan Dupree, two police officers in the homicide unit, as they try to unravel the seemingly open and shut case of several murdered prostitutes, their bodies all found in the same manner [...]


  9. I am on a Jess Walter tear Under Tumbled Graves is the 5th book of Walter s that I have read Yikes.I think my addiction stems from his newspaper reporter quality He writes with knowledge of police and crime He s obviously an observant man He knows his characters and he helps us know his characters Also, he writes from Spokane, WA which is a similar town to Tacoma I just relate to his writing and so wish someone from Tacoma could write in this same way.This plot positions old police styles of inv [...]


  10. I read this book when it was initially published almost ten years ago I remembered it as a police procedural mystery set in Spokane, Washington, with two interesting and flawed law enforcement protagonists tracking a serial killer My memory served me right, but in rereading Over Tumbled Graves I noted a not so subtle undercurrent in the writing and story telling Although this book has all the ingredients of the mystery thriller genre, the finished product is not what I expected, i.e the standard [...]


  11. This is a great mystery by one of my favorite authors I can t believe I d never heard of him until I saw his new short story collection We Live in Water on the new book shelf at my local library Since that one I ve read 5 , and thoroughly enjoyed them all This one is pure suspense, with plenty of surprises in the last third of the book The plot and pacing are excellent, and the story never gets tired The characters are multi dimensional and full of life I love Mr Walter s writing style Constantl [...]


  12. What a terrific writer Over Tumbled Graves, like other works of Jess Walter, doesn t really fit neatly into a category The writing is really compelling, the multiple story lines are interesting, and OTG is about than one thing It s first and foremost an exciting mystery about a serial killer in Spokane, WA I think all Jess books are set in Spokane, where he lives and has worked as a business reporter before turning to writing fiction OTG is also a meditation on the lives of police, their relati [...]


  13. I read Beautiful Ruins last summer and was so enthralled by a Jess Walter s prose and b the fact that he s from Spokane and sets some of his novels there that I promptly added pretty much everything he s ever written to my to read list It s just taken me a little while to get to it After reading this one, I already have a library request in for the second Caroline Mabry novel, Land of the Blind I think I ll be reading a lot of Jess Walter this summer A drug bust gone bad turns into a homicide an [...]


  14. I had never heard of Jess Walter, but when my friend Erin listed his Citizen Vince as To Read , I became interested in that book so did a little research on Walter then decided I wanted to read all of his books starting with the first, Over Tumbled Graves.I joined to get good ideas for what to read next This was one of those serendipitous, validating choices I loved Over Tumbled Graves Unlike a much recent former journalist s first foray into fiction Paula Hawkins Girl on a Train , this book is [...]



  15. I enjoyed this early Jess Walter novel It is pretty much in the crime fiction police procedural genre, only better You can see the attention played to character and ideas, in addition to plotting, that comes to full fruition in his later novels in this vein Citizen Vince and The Zero.



  16. PROTAGONIST Detective Caroline MabrySETTING Spokane, WashingtonSERIES 1 of 2RATING 3.75WHY While on a drug bust, Detective Caroline Mabry faces a choice continue to pursue a murderer named Lenny Ryan or try to rescue a drug dealer who has fallen off a bridge into the rapids She chooses the latter, only to find out that Ryan may be a serial killer of prostitutes A body is found near the scene of the attempted bust Shortly after it is removed, another is found in the exact same location Prostitute [...]





  17. This is a brilliant book which elevates the police procedural narrative to literature status Walter s angsty heroine Caroline Mabry returns to deal with her much younger beau, Jesse and her partner almost lover, Alan Dupree The book starts off with a bang a drug bust gone wrong places Mabry in danger, and an informant is killed The action here is slow burn clues are thrown out, personal details given, and then the plot weaves all of these elements seamlessly Mabry and Dupree are assigned to a se [...]


  18. This is a brilliant book which elevates the police procedural narrative to literature status Walter s angsty heroine Caroline Mabry returns to deal with her much younger beau, Jesse and her partner almost lover, Alan Dupree The book starts off with a bang a drug bust gone wrong places Mabry in danger, and an informant is killed The action here is slow burn clues are thrown out, personal details given, and then the plot weaves all of these elements seamlessly Mabry and Dupree are assigned to a se [...]


  19. I got to know the characters inside out, and felt like I could meet one of them for lunch quite comfortably they were real, good parts and not so good parts, pain and some bliss Both Caroline and Dupree do the best they can, and just do not give up, finding the solution making big mistakes they have to live with forever, but getting the job done The best part of this mystery was the rare denoument it was a surprise, it made perfect sense, it all hung together, it came toward the end of the book [...]


  20. My second Jess Walter book I seem to be finding all of his lesser known works before the famous ones which I m actually looking for and which everyone has recommended to me The paperback copy of this book which I found in the library was 500 pages long and I read the entire thing sitting in the sun on my porch one Sunday awesome This story is a well written but otherwise pretty run of the mill murder mystery set in Spokane, Washington which I imagine to look like the setting of Benny and Joon In [...]


  21. I m currently rereading in CD Walter s wonderful BEAUTIFUL RUINS, so checked the library and discovered this, which I believe is his first novel.Set in Spokane, it deals with sigh a serial killer I ve pretty close to over S.K books, but this gets excused for several reasons First, while SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was 1988, this one was 2001, so somewhat in early days Second, when I was freelancing for the Sacramento and Fresno BEE newspapers, I interviewed the head of the BSU Behavioral Sciences Unit [...]


  22. A contemporary police drama, this was a bit outside of my usual range of genres for reading I picked it up on a whim from the library at an I don t really know what to read next juncture, and was pleasantly surprised While I don t usually read this sort of story, it reminded me somewhat of Law Order SVU, which I do enjoy.It was a good mystery, and a good story Walter s writing, for the most part, moved at a good pace and was fun to read He also seemed to have some sort of background in systems e [...]


  23. It is interesting to read this book after Gone Girl in that like that book, Over Tumbled Graves is much than what is on the surface A serial killer is apparently loose in Spokane and two detectives Mabry and Dupree are in the middle of a whirlwind of suspects, bodies, FBI profilers and finally Dateline telecasts But really what the book ends up being about is the banality of evil Evil is set up to be this crafty boogeyman by pretty much everybody including the two profilers who hate each other [...]


  24. Good book Sad What I like about JW so far is that his characters feel alive and they are never concluded, there isn t an easy wrap up for them at the end Life is open ended and he allows that for them I m not squirming uncomfortably when I read him and believe me, he has a lot to say I felt like Caroline s voice in this book wasn t authentically female, it was my only issue It was a bit distant for me, like an echo I couldn t really hear her If I m not being too analytical it felt an allegory to [...]


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