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 hitman 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 confrontation.
Filled with unforgettable characters, razor-sharp dialogue and masterful plotting, "Quiver" displays the remarkable maturity and verve of a hugely exciting first-time novelist.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 05/03/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571241125
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Review by Twynnie
I see a lot of reviews here comparing the author’s writing to that of his father – I have never read anything by Elmore Leonard so I can’t comment on that.This book is a fast paced, fun to read thriller. It centres around the attempts of a gang of fairly random criminals to separate the heroine, Kate, from both her newly inherited fortune and her son Luke, who has some issues going on, having accidentally killed his father with a cross-bow. Oh, and one of the bad guys happens to be her former lover. The story was fairly straightforward, it was easy to understand what was happening and but there were enough twists and turns to keep me wanting to know what would happen next. I would not say this was a great book through for several reasons. First, any book that bases its premise on an unfortunate cross-bow accident is going to be a bit far fetched for my tastes. Second, there was far too much tell and little show. While the plot moved forwards quickly the characters were not developed, and while I wanted to know what would happen to them to satisfy my curiosity, I can’t really say I cared. There is potential here and this is a first book, so possibly the author may improve on its flaws in his later work. As it stands though, this is little more than fill-in-the-time reading, the type of novel that will probably sell better in airport terminal bookshops than anywhere else.