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Jess Walter

USA flag (b.1965)

Jess Walter (born July 20, 1965) is an American author of six novels, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book. His books have been published in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty-eight languages. He is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, among others, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2006.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction, Historical, Romance, Science Fiction
New Books
November 2022

The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2022
(Best American Mystery and Suspense)
Series contributed to
The One
   2. Parable (2019)
Non fiction
   Every Knee Shall Bow (1995)
     aka Ruby Ridge
   In Contempt (1996) (with Christopher Darden)
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : Citizen Vince
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The Zero

Jess Walter recommends
Fathermucker (2011)
Greg Olear
"Raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny... a wonderful novel."
This Dark Road to Mercy (2014)
Wiley Cash
"This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard."
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (2014)
Adrianne Harun
"Mythical, magical, and chillingly real."
Third Rail (2014)
(Eddy Harkness, book 1)
Rory Flynn
"Third Rail gets off to a ripping start and never lets off the gas."
Arts & Entertainments (2014)
Christopher Beha
"Christopher Beha is one of the most talented young writers at work today."
Call Me Home (2015)
Megan Kruse
"Call Me Home is an uncommonly powerful debut novel. Megan Kruse writes with great heart and intelligence as she crafts a gripping story from the shards of a broken family."
The Lost History of Stars (2017)
Dave Boling
"Dave Boling has a rare gift for finding humanity in historical fiction. His new novel, The Lost History of Stars, is another gripping tale about living in war’s barbaric shadow, and how moments of decency and heroism and glimpses of the natural world sustain us."
Midnight At the Bright Ideas Bookstore (2017)
Matthew Sullivan
"With Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Matthew Sullivan has written - with great panache and suspense - a smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore."
Mr. Dickens and His Carol (2017)
Samantha Silva
"Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a novel of pure charm and humor, a terrific holiday tale. Samantha Silva had me haunting those dark streets alongside her inspired Dickens."
Come with Me (2018)
Helen Schulman
"Come with Me is an inventive and incisive novel about the way we live now and the way we might have lived. Helen Schulman is a gifted and generous writer."
Such a Fun Age (2019)
Kiley Reid
"Such a Fun Age is such a fabulous book-a crisp, wry, and insightful novel about class, race, and relationships. Kiley Reid is a gifted young writer with a generosity that makes her keen social eye that much funnier and sharper."
Truly Like Lightning (2021)
David Duchovny
"Truly Like Lightning is a terrific novel--smart, moving, propulsive--at once a satire of Hollywood power brokers and a dead-serious contemplation of American values and ideals. David Duchovny writes with the heart of a great comic novelist and the soul of a philosopher."
Appleseed (2021)
Matt Bell
"This is a fiercely original book—at once intimate and epic, visceral and philosophical—that sent me scurrying for adjectives, for precedents, for cover. Matt Bell commands the page with bold, vigorous prose and may well have invented the pulse-pounding novel of ideas."
The Family Chao (2022)
Lan Samantha Chang
"I loved Lan Samantha Chang's The Family Chao, at once a brilliant reimagining of Dostoevsky and a wholly original and gripping story about the passions, rivalries, and searing pressures that roil a singular immigrant family."
The Good Left Undone (2022)
Adriana Trigiani
"At once epic and intimate, a delightful novel about the mysterious lore of an unforgettable Italian family whose characters walk right off the page."
Forbidden City (2022)
Vanessa Hua
"Forbidden City is a wonderful novel, immersive and fascinating. Vanessa Hua writes with an audacious mix of intimacy and narrative sweep about one of the most enigmatic figures and most misunderstood moments in history."
Body Grammar (2022)
Jules Ohman
"A terrific debut, cool and laconic on its glamorous surface, but roiling with deep questions of identity and art, love, and the irrepressible need for meaning in life. Jules Ohman is a young writer worth watching."
It All Comes Down to This (2022)
Therese Anne Fowler
"A smart and lively novel, one that had me turning its faster and faster, wondering if this indelible family could really untangle the deep lies that reveal an even deeper truth."
The Long Answer (2022)
Anna Hogeland
"A brilliant debut, both coolly empathetic and searingly personal, a powerful bridge between fiction's two current modes. Anna Hogeland writes beautifully, with unwavering passion and insight, about the complexities of motherhood and female relationships."
Fire Season (2022)
Leyna Krow
"Devilishly funny and endlessly inventive, Fire Season is a remarkable debut novel, a wry alternate history of Northwest schemers, dreamers and scorched earth. Leyna Krow is a wildly talented young writer."
Mercury Pictures Presents (2022)
Anthony Marra
"Mercury Pictures Presents is a wonder--intimate and sweeping, heartfelt and satirical, one of the funniest and most moving novels I've read in a long time. A novel of fascism, war, and refugees finding freedom through art and storytelling, it's both a joy to read and highly relevant to our times."
Two Nurses, Smoking (2022)
David Means
"Midway through the title story of his dazzling new collection, Two Nurses, Smoking, David Means suddenly reverses course on the tale you've been reading, about two soul-weary health care workers embarking on a tentative romance."
Homestead (2023)
Melinda Moustakis
"Moustakis's writing is so good, so precise, so strong, and so deeply felt that it immediately creates a sense of time and place, and builds a quiet suspense about Marie and taciturn Lawrence. Homestead manages to be laconic and wry and visceral and primal and almost subversive in its depiction of marriage as a lovely, profound hardship."

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