A NovelBook - 2008
""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."
"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."
""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."
"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"