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Like father, like son

Posted by JaneM on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 - 4:22 PM

QUIVER.gifIt remains to be seen whether Elmore Leonard’s son Peter’s debut novel, Quiver, which is due mid-May, will meet everyone’s expectations.

Michael Connelly’s blurb, which is posted on amazon.com reads: “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.

A crime caper set in and around the Leonard family’s home turf of Detroit, the book centers on a recent widow struggling with her teenage son when her first love, an ex-con, reappears, setting into motion a series of events culminating in a life-and-death confrontation with a gang of killers.

PW announced that the book had been sold to Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur in April of 2007, adding that “The elder Leonard, who was reportedly unimpressed with a short story his son wrote in college, has enthusiastically endorsed this new literary effort.”

The recent PW review was not so good, however: “A muddled plot, one-dimensional characters and a predictable ending will leave readers hoping for better things in Leonard’s next novel.”

Also like father, and in his case, mother, Jesse Kellman is the son of best-selling novelists Jonathan and Faye Kellerman.

Of his latest – and third – book, The Genius, also due in May, PW wrote, “Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go.”

Not bad at all, young man!

In an interview on bookpage.com Kellerman fils discusses how he feels about meeting expectations: "… there will inevitably be comparisons either in one direction or another: in genetic degradation, Kellerman fails to live up to his parents, or, as I'm sure my parents are waiting to hear, Kellerman surpasses his parents! We're just laughing about it. They're certainly not threatened by me. And if I were threatened by them, I would have been a lawyer."

Suspense


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