Over Tumbled Graves

Over Tumbled Graves

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  • Audio cassette
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0753115026
  • 9780753115022

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The work of non-fiction writer and journalist Jess Walter, Over Tumbled Graves is an action thriller with a difference: not too many novels in the genre use epigraphs by T.S. Eliot. Set in Spokane, Washington, the third-person narrative features troubled detective Caroline Mabry, whose past includes the shooting of a criminal while on duty and the bungling of a drug bust which also ends in death; her present is concerned with her dying mother, her much younger boyfriend, an attraction to a married colleague, sleuthing on the drug scene, and the hunt for a serial killer. Past and present, personal and professional are seamlessly presented so that character drives the well-paced plot, and extra edge is given by the rivalry between the deeply unattractive serial-killer profilers who are engaged to help with the baffling murders of prostitutes. By adding several digs at the true-crime genre, Walter shows the effect that such people and the publicity that surrounds them may have on the criminal and unstable mind. The scene shifts from Spokane to New Orleans and back again, and the river that runs through the former city is an important presence: Walter lives in Spokane and uses his strong sense of place in the novel's setting. The plot twists and turns as much as the river does, and is also inhabited by a number of red herrings. But this is also a story of doomed love between Caroline and the darkly humorous detective Dupree, and through it Walter deals sensitively with issues such as personal vulnerability among the members of the police force, human nature's potentialities for good and evil, and the consequences of moments of self-doubt. A thought-provoking read, this novel ends with the notion that the criminal and the law-abiding, the guilty and the innocent, are separated not by distance but by degree. (Kirkus UK)show more

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2 7% (68)
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