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Quiver - Peter Leonard

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN-10: 0571241115
ISBN-13: 978-0571241118

October 2, 2008

Image: Front cover of the book 'Quiver' by Peter Leonard.

Peter Leonard’s debut novel, Quiver, just goes to prove that, sometimes, the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree at all. Lightening paced, believable three-dimensional characters, sparkling dialogue and terrific description make this a novel standout in every possible way.


Kate McCall's husband has been killed by her teenage son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. In the aftermath, Jack, a charismatic but troubled ex-con from Kate's past, shows up. When Luke takes off on his own for their rural Michigan cabin, Kate and Jack follow, but they're not the only ones hot on his heels. Two-time losers Teddy and Celeste, along with hit man DeJuan, are all looking to cash in on the money left to Kate. As they all head for the woods of Northern Michigan, events rapidly spiral towards a dramatic life-and-death confront

There is barely a line goes by on which something unexpected doesn’t occur, but it the tightness of the prose and the vividness of the descriptions that make this book such a winner and so carries the reader along at break-neck speeds.

Jack, Teddy, DeJuan and Celeste are all delightfully intricate enough for the reader to go along with what’s happening at face value, whereas Kate and Luke delightfully draw the reader into a triumphant conclusion.

The term “must read” was derived for novels such as Quiver and this debut from Elmore Leonard’s son is bound to win plaudits and praise from everybody who picks it up.





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