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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction (Jan. 25 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060393866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060393861
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,626,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Over Tumbled Graves" by Jess Walter is an exquisite, thought-provoking first novel.
It is a story of conflict, contrast and choice set amidst a serial killer investigation in Spokane.
A drug bust gone awry leads to the discovery of a string of hooker killings, all with an identical signature.
Spokane's Major Crime Unit's initial suspect is linked to two brutal non-serial murders as well. The more they learn about him, the more intangible he becomes.
The characters are complicated, believable, motivated---their internal dialogue and tensions fueling the plot. Alan Dupree's cynical, sarcastic, acidic wit is a highlight.
Competing "celebrity" profilers, the attendant media circus, condescending FBI "assistance" and a mid-investigation change of lead detectives distract and surround the investigation.
In the end, it is the Spokane MCU's detailed, tedious, credible investigative work ethic that corners the perp. That final answer is unexpected and complex.
A lack of cardboard stereotypes, superb misdirection and smoothly flowing action earn "Over Tumbled Graves" highly recommended status.
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While it has been mentioned in other reviews that the plot of this story is somewhat derivative, I would say that all stories work or don't work due to how the story is told. There are only 12 known plots anyway, right?
In this story the female heroine, Caroline Mabry, is dealing both with a serial killer that seems to have made a connection to her, personally, and with her unresolved feelings for her ex-partner. As the body count increases and the police attempts to solve the crime continue to fail, her emotions become more and more frazzled, leading her back to her former partner and mentor.
What I think is most important here is that Jess Walter can write: he develops believable characters, his language is years ahead of most mystery writers and he tackles themes of interest and meaning.
What's more, he does not shy away from the graphic. There's plenty of sex, drugs and violence in this novel, all describe vividly and without cliche. He knows when to describe a scene in detail and when it's more horrific to just describe the characters reaction to it.
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As far as plot goes, this book holds nothing new. But then, few serial killer novels do, because its very hard to come up with something really original within the genre. However, where this book excells is with its character development. As other reviewers have stated, the characters within this book are drawn very well, with great depth and nice touches of realism.
The plot is structured well, and the writing is good, but sometimes it feels slightly underdeveloped. The bits that are developed, are develoepd well, but there is a lot of material here which goes unheralded...He could have said a lot more, and made the plot much more affecting.
The sense of place is another strong factor...its described well, and adds to the novel.
Overall, this is a worthwhile read. The plot contains nothing to distinguish it from anything else out there, so on that score its decidedly average, but its a very well written book, with some very real and well-develoepd characters. (Although, sometimes, the plot suffers a tiny bit form this...)
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In Jess Walter's debut novel, it looks like a serial killer is systematically killing prostitutes in Spokane, Washington. It looks even more likely that the killer is the man that Caroline Mabry confronted but had to let get away during a drug bust gone bad.
Caroline Mabry and Alan Dupree are the two main protagonists and are both detectives with the Spokane Police Department. They share a past that is slowly revealed to us as they become more involved with the case, and this begins to affect the way they carry out their investigations.
This is Walter's debut novel and is a psychological thriller that starts out very well with an action packed and dramatic opening, snappy dialogue carrying plenty of humorous exchanges. But then the story gradually gets bogged down in the middle as the main characters all become very introspective. I had the feeling that we were in suspended animation for a while, waiting for someone to yell "action". However the pace does pick up again as things fall into place and set the scene for a thrilling and somewhat surprising ending.
A highlight of the book for me comes from the description of the two profilers whose dislike for each other provides plenty of funny scenes. Their egos and obvious distraction from the case while compiling data for their respective next books add a touch of comic farce to the story.
I found this an entertaining book that toyed with the emotions, dark enough to provide a substantial, thought-provoking thriller, yet light enough to provide plenty of amusing moments.
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By John Bowes on March 11 2002
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Good characterization holds your interest long after the plot unravels.
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By John Bowes on March 11 2002
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Good characterization holds your interest long after the plot unravels.
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Jess Walter does a superior job in charater development. You not only "feel" these characters, you experience their emotions. And where they take you, through the investigative process, leads to a very unpredictable ending. This book also gives an insight to police detective's lives with humor, sarcasm, reality of 'police politics', and the empty, spent feeling a murder investigation has on the detectives and their families. It also reveals the shocking reality of the criminal mind. This is a winning novel and I can't wait for another from Jess Walter!
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