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Peter Leonard - Author

About the Author

Peter Leonard, who has been described as 'a huge talent' by Mo Hayder, 'razor sharp' by R.J. Ellory and 'a great storyteller' by Carl Hiassen, is the author of four previous novels, most recently Voices of the Dead (2012).

 

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Voices of the Dead

Voices of the Dead

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;If you haven't read Leonard before - and you must - this is a great place to start."e; - The Guardian "e;VOICES OF THE DEAD is Peter Leonard's most ambitious book to date."e; - Bookreporter "e;Tautly plotted and gripping on every page What a story - fine, fine writing Peter Leonard!"e; - Crystal Book Reviews "e;For those who like noir fiction that's infused with a good dose of testosterone, this should prove an enjoyable read."e; - Jewish Book Council NATIONAL BESTSELLER The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges - he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter's killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him. Brimming with action and dark humor, VOICES OF THE DEAD, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read.

All He Saw was the Girl

All He Saw was the Girl

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;If you have successfully resisted reading a book by Peter Leonard thus far - and why would you want to do such a thing, anyway? - you need to give up that habit and read this riveting and rollicking novel that's a non-stop joy from beginning to end."e; - Bookreporter "e;This is 'don't miss' crime fiction at its very best."e; - Blogcritics "e;ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL is an amazing novel. It will have you glued to the pages to see what happens next."e; - Single Titles "e;Did ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL meet my expectations, yes! It was what I call 'a transport read,' where I was so engrossed into the story that I was unaware of what was going on around me."e; - CMash Loves to Read Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl, and a flawed kidnapping plan. Detroit: Sharon Vanelli's affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent. Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humor, All He Saw Was The Girl sees these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy's oldest city.

Back from the Dead

Back from the Dead

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;Elmore Leonard's son proves himself a chip off the old block - again.... Don't pick the book up if you have any intention of putting it down before you've got to the end."e; - The Guardian "e;Peter Leonard should be on your must-read list if he is not there already. Back from the Dead, his fifth thriller, continues his upward trajectory and is his best book to date by far."e; - Bookreporter "e;Enormously satisfying Peter Leonard, son of the late Elmore, has inherited his father's talent for lithe, witty prose and his knack for twisty, propulsive storytelling."e; - The Independent Peter Leonard's jaw-dropping VOICES OF THE DEAD introduced us to two mortal enemies: Holocaust survivor Harry Levin and Nazi death angel Ernst Hess. Now, their struggle reaches its dramatic conclusion in Back from the Dead. Bahamas, 1971. Ernst Hess, missing and presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country. He must do what he needs to do to get his life back and to finish the job he has been doing for decades. Harry believes he has already stopped Hess. When he finds out that the war criminal has somehow survived, Harry must do the only thing he can do - kill Hess again - even if it means crossing continents and putting his life and the lives of those that matter to him on the line. Action-packed and darkly humorous, BACK FROM THE DEAD is the unforgettable conclusion to a story that launches Peter Leonard into the pantheon of great suspense novelists.

Eyes Closed Tight

Eyes Closed Tight

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;While he will always face comparisons with his legendary father, Elmore Leonard, the author (Quiver; Trust Me; Voices of the Dead; All He Saw Was the Girl) continues to establish himself as one of today's better mystery writers. Easily readable in a single sitting, Leonard's fifth novel will appeal to fans of mystery, thrillers, and the Leonard name."e; - Library Journal "e;Peter Leonard has that rare ability to totally draw the reader into his story within the space of a few sentences. He has demonstrated it before in his other books, but perhaps never so strongly as in EYES CLOSED TIGHT, his latest and best novel to date."e; - Bookreporter "e;The book's pages are crammed with trademark Leonardisms, from realistic dialogue full of rhythm and nuance to cool and colorful characters, quick to action But it's the characters, their voices, the way they talk and go about their business (we also see the story unfold from the killer's perspective) that propel the reader page after page. Leonard's got a real knack for it, just like his dad."e; - Toledo Blade "e;A fast read with enough red herrings and suspenseful twists to keep readers' interest engaged until the surprising conclusion."e; - Fresh Fiction O'Clair is a former Detroit homicide investigator who now owns a motel in Pompano Beach, Florida in his retirement. He runs the place with his much younger girlfriend, Virginia, who's a knockout and can fix anything. One morning, he's cleaning up after the previous night's partiers when he sees a lovely young woman stretched out asleep on a lounge chair. He shakes her gently. Then he touches her neck and feels for a pulse. There isn't one. Her skin is cold, body starting to stiffen, definitely in the early stages of rigor. When a second girl is murdered, O'Clair knows someone is trying to send him a message. The way the girls are killed reminds O'Clair of a case he investigated years earlier. Now convinced the Pompano murders are related, O'Clair returns to Detroit Police Homicide to review the murder file and try to figure out what he might have missed. And when Virginia is kidnapped by the killer, the stakes grow exponentially higher. The most powerful work to date by one of the most thrilling suspense novelists of our time, EYES CLOSED TIGHT is relentless, surprising, and deeply satisfying.

Voices of the Dead

Voices of the Dead

Author: Peter Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Detroit, 1971. Harry Levin, scrap metal dealer and holocaust survivor, learns that his daughter has been killed in a car accident. Travelling to Washington DC, he's told by Detective Taggart that the German diplomat, who was drunk, has been released and afforded immunity; he will never face charges. So Harry is left with only one option - to discover the identity of this man, follow him back to Munich and hunt him down. The first of a two-hander, Peter Leonard's new novel is a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. Told with swagger, brutal humour and not a little violence, it follows a good man who is forced to return to the horrors of his past.

All He Saw Was The Girl

All He Saw Was The Girl

Author: Peter Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl and a flawed kidnapping plan. Detroit: Sharon Vanelli's affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent. Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humour, All He Saw Was the Girl takes place as these two narratives converge in the backstreets of Italy's oldest city. A thrilling ride, it once again displays Peter Leonard's genius for exploring the wrong turns that life can take. Peter Leonard's growing fan base includes greats such as Carl Hiaasen ('great storytelling') and Michael Connelly ('clever plotting and blood and guts characters'), and publications as diverse as Uncut ('sensational'), the Daily Mirror ('stunning') and the Big Issue ('brilliantly snappy').

Das Meer in Erwartung der Schwimmer

Das Meer in Erwartung der Schwimmer

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2011

Das besondere an Peter Leonards Texten ist, dass er Dialoge so echt schreibt, wie gerade notiert. Sie wirken nicht erfunden, nicht holzern sondern so, wie man wirklich denkt. Wie wenn wir nach Worten suchen im Gesprch; uns unsicher sind, uns verbessern und er schreibt auch, was wir vielleicht lieber nicht gesagt oder gedacht htten. Wir sind seine Figuren. Leonard zeigt wie mit einem Scheinwerfer auf einen Ausschnitt irgendeines Lebens, irgendeines Momentes. Mit eingeflochtenen Erinnerungen.

Quiver

Quiver

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2008

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 "e;colleagues."e; 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.

Quiver

Quiver

Author: Peter Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2008

Kate McCall's husband is killed by her teenage son, Luke, in a tragic bow hunting accident--an incident that sets into motion a series of events, culminating in a dramatic, life and death confrontation with a gang of killers. Included in the gang is Kate's first love - an ex-con who himself is struggling to persuade his former "e;colleagues"e; that he really did lose the heist money. Peter Leonard displays remarkable maturity for a first-time novelist in both the language of his protagonists and plotting the story - 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 all set around the Leonard family's home turf of Detroit. QUIVER marks the entry of a powerful new voice in crime fiction - and a masterful and powerful debut.

Postmodern Welfare Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project

Postmodern Welfare Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project

Author: Peter Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/1997

Peter Leonard provides an accessible analysis of debates about the crisis of the welfare state under the contemporary conditions of postmodern scepticism and the triumphs of global market capitalism. In the last two decades Western governments have sought to replace the post-war welfare compact with neo-conservative individualism. The prospects for the Left look bleak. At the same time, postmodern critique raises profound questions about the validity of a mass politics of emancipation based on the universal values of justice, reason and progress. From a critical perspective founded in Marxism and feminism, Leonard uses elements of postmodern deconstruction to consider how we might now re-think the present and future of welfare. He draws the reader into a dialogue about the implications for reconstructing welfare: of changes in ideas about the individual subject; the context of culture and racism; the organization of welfare; the nature of 'the new economy'; and the possibilities of a politics of resistance.

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