By Peter Leonard
(Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312389543, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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The first mistake Karen Delaney made was entrusting $300,000 to her boyfriend, Samir, the head of an illegal bookmaking operation. The second was breaking up with him—because Samir holds a $300,000 grudge. A few months later, Karen sees a way to get her money back when two thieves break into her house in the middle of the night. She proposes a scheme to steal Samir’s safe. And then things start to spin dangerously out of control…
Soon Karen finds herself being pursued by a ruthless cast of characters. There’s an ex-con/ex-cop who works for Samir and wants the money for his own retirement. Samir’s nephew, looking pay off his gambling debts. The house-thieves who’ve been double-crossed. And two hit men who view the cash as their stake in the American dream. Now the heat is on…and there’s no one left to trust. Karen is about to learn that some people will do anything in the name of money—at any imaginable cost.
Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard, the grand master of crime fiction. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife, Julie, and their four children, Tim, Alex, Max, and Kate. Visit him at www.peterleonardbooks.com.
Praise for Trust Me:
“Leonard’s second effort establishes him as a genuinely gifted storyteller. Although the book is similar in many ways to the hard-edged, witty, character-driven novels of Leonard’s father, Elmore, it has its own voice and its own stylistic flourishes….In time, if you find yourself referring to ‘that really cool mystery writer, Leonard,’ you might have to explain which one you’re talking about.” –Booklist
"There are many carefully crafted plot twists and unexpected scenes; Leonard's action-packed, fast-paced crime novel is virtually impossible to put down." --Lansing State Journal
"Take three deep breaths, exhale slowly, pause, take a deeper breath then open this book. Trust me--you need controlled breathing to get you through Peter Leonard's rollicking thriller. Breathtaking is a reviewer's cliche. But it is simply the best way to describe the pace of Leonard's latest offering." --The Washington Times
“The dialogue rings pitch-perfect, the pacing of the plot approaches perfection…So far, Trust Me ranks as thriller of the year. Trust me.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Praise for Peter Leonard and Quiver:
“Leonard has written an accomplished nail-biter, a harbinger of even better stories to come.” --Rocky Mountain News
“Reading Leonard is just as much fun as reading, well, Leonard.” --Providence Journal-Bulletin
“This is an outstanding debut. . . . Great tension and sharp-as-a-tack writing!” --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Easily one of the best crime novels of the year.” --East Lansing Journal
“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.” --South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“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 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
“Quiver is a surprise and a delight, a twisty deadpan stroll through some very devious neighborhoods. I welcome Peter Leonard and look forward to whatever he wants to offer next.”--Donald Westlake
“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