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Walter, Jess 1965-

Overview
Works: 44 works in 356 publications in 19 languages and 18,034 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Fictional autobiographies  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Black humor  Detective and mystery fiction  Case studies  Psychological fiction  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: KF224.S485, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Jess Walter
 
Most widely held works by Jess Walter
Beautiful ruins : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

58 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 15 languages and held by 3,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters
In contempt by Christopher A Darden( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 2,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than a year, Christopher Darden argued passionately and tirelessly, giving voice to the victims in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. But few people knew that he was fighting a deeper, more insidious battle - against racism that came from all sides. When the case was over and O.J. Simpson was set free, the disheartened prosecutor bore the anguish and disillusionment of millions of Americans. He also carried wounds that perhaps no other black person has ever felt as deeply. Now, out of the sensational frenzy of the "trial of the century" comes a haunting and poignant memoir of duty, justice, and the constant, powerful undertow of American bigotry." "Christopher Darden's In Contempt is an unflinching look at a justice system kidnapped by a racist cop, shameless defense lawyers, a starstruck judge, and a dysfunctional jury. It shows what the television cameras couldn't: behind-the-scenes meetings where Darden tried to determine whether detective Mark Fuhrman was telling the truth about his racist views; deteriorating relationships between the defense and prosecution teams, with taunting, baiting, and a pushing match between Darden and Simpson; and a judge who let the case get out of control while he collected hourglasses from fans and invited celebrities into his chambers." "Darden is stunningly candid about his own performance - including the brash decision to put the gloves on Simpson - and details the inner workings of the largest prosecution team in California history. He also recounts the strong relationship forged between himself and Marcia Clark, who was exhausted by the pressures of a bitter ex-husband and demeaning treatment from other lawyers and the judge."--Jacket
Citizen Vince : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

37 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning his witness-protection job at a doughnut restaurant in the week before the 1980 presidential election, small-time thief Vince Camden finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a local politician's troubles
The Zero : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

33 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hero cop Brian Remy wakes up after shooting himself in the head-- and so begins a harrowing tour of a city and country shuddering through the aftershock of a devastating terrorist attack
The financial lives of the poets : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

37 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he's about to lose his mind--until he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all
Over tumbled graves by Jess Walter( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During a routine drug bust, on a narrow bridge over white-water falls in the center of town, Spokane detective Caroline Mabry finds herself face-to-face with a brutal murderer. Within hours, the body of a young prostitute is found on the riverbank nearby. What follows confronts our fascination with pathology and murder and stares it down, as Caroline and her cynical partner, Alan Dupree--thrown headlong into the search for a serial murderer who communicates by killing women--uncover some hard truths about their profession ... and each other."--Page 4 of cover
Land of the blind : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

32 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a disoriented and strangely familiar figure appears, wanting to write a lengthy confession, Spokane police detective Caroline Mabry finds herself challenged to investigate a murder and the darkly intertwined lives of two men
We live in water : stories by Jess Walter( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our most talked-about writers. In 'Thief, ' a blue-collar worker turns unlikely detective to find out which of his kids is stealing from the family vacation fund. In 'We Live in Water, ' a lawyer returns to a corrupt North Idaho town to find the father who disappeared thirty years earlier. In 'Anything Helps, ' a homeless man has to 'go to cardboard' to raise enough money to buy his son the new Harry Potter book. In 'Virgo, ' a local newspaper editor tries to get back at his superstitious ex-girlfriend by screwing with her horoscope. And the collection's final story transforms slyly from a portrait of Walter's hometown into a moving contemplation of our times"--Page [iv] of cover
Beautiful ruins by Jess Walter( Recording )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion - along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams
Every knee shall bow : the truth and tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver family by Jess Walter( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Every Knee Shall Bow, award-winning journalist Jess Walter takes the reader on a harrowing voyage from the homespun Iowa childhoods of Randy and Vicki Weaver to the shoot-out in which a decorated deputy U.S. marshal, the Weavers' fourteen-year-old son, Sammy, and their dog Striker were killed. He leads the reader moment by moment through the siege in which Vicki Weaver was fatally shot as she stood in the doorway of their cabin, her infant daughter in her arms. For in the deadly standoff on Ruby Ridge lie the racism, violence, religious intolerance, paranoia, hatred of government, and government abuse that continue to erupt in places like Waco and Oklahoma City. Drawing on interviews with the Weaver family and others, Walter traces the paths that led the Weavers to their confrontation with federal agents and the government to treating a family like a gang of criminals. With rare and remarkable insight, he takes us inside the minds of the Weavers and the federal agents and lays bare the truth behind the allegations of a cover-up. Every Knee Shall Bow tells the compelling, never-before-told story of undercover informants, blustery Green Berets, and the self-styled "gunfighter"--Lawyer Gerry Spence, who brought his bombastic brilliance to Randy Weaver's defense. But at its root Every Knee Shall Bow is the story of what happened on Ruby Ridge, the tragic and unlikely series of events that destroyed a family, brought down the number-two man at the FBI, and left in its wake mysterious deaths, nervous breakdowns, and the unanswered question: Which is worse - racial hatred or overbearing government?
The best American short stories 2011 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Geraldine Brooks( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources
The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven by Sherman Alexie( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his darkly comic short story collection, the author brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation
The zero by Jess Walter( Recording )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five days after a terrorist attack decimates his home city, Brian Remy struggles with gaps in his memory pertaining to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a girlfriend whose name he does not know, deteriorating eyesight, and a new job with a shadowy intelligence operation
Ruby Ridge : the truth and tragedy of the Randy Weaver family by Jess Walter( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the last hot day of summer 1992, gunfire cracked over a rocky knob in northern Idaho, just south of the Canadian border. By the next day three people were dead, and a small war was joined, pitting the full might of federal law enforcement against one well-armed family. Drawing on extensive interviews with Randy Weaver's family, government insiders, and others, Jess Walter traces the paths that led the Weavers to their confrontation with federal agents and led the government to treat a family like a gang of criminals." "This is the story of what happened on Ruby Ridge: the tragic and unlikely series of events that destroyed a family, brought down the number two man in the FBI, and left in its wake a nation increasingly attuned to the dangers of unchecked federal power."--Jacket
Ruby Ridge( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruby Ridge is a riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter( Recording )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and French and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Living in Spokane, Washington, under the Witness Protection Program, small-time hood Vince Camden leads a quiet existence among his new friends: local criminals, prostitutes and other social outcasts. By day he makes donuts and reads the beginnings of books to impress the cute blonde who comes into his shop every morning. In his spare time though, he runs a lucrative credit card scam. But everything spirals out of control when a mobster from back East shows up and wants a piece of the pie. Further complicating things is Vince's newfound political consciousness, as he becomes deeply troubled by a choice between two less-than-appealing candidates."--Container
We live in water by Jess Walter( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walter's collection of short fiction the first collection of short fiction is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our most talked-about writers
The financial lives of the poets : a novel by Jess Walter( )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Matt Prior. He's about to lose his job, his wife, his house, maybe his mind. Unless ... In the winning and utterly original novels Citizen Vince and The Zero, Jess Walter ("a ridiculously talented writer"--New York Times) painted an America all his own: a land of real, flawed, and deeply human characters coping with the anxieties of their times. Now, in his warmest, funniest, and best novel yet, Walter offers a story as real as our own lives: a tale of overstretched accounts, misbegotten schemes, and domestic dreams deferred
The land of plenty by Robert Cantwell( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fictional account of a failed strike by lumbermill workers in Aberdeen, Washington during the 1930s
The siege at Ruby Ridge( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

After local marshals arrived at a remote cabin in Idaho to serve a warrant on a white supremacist zealot for weapons violations, the confrontation led to a gunfight in which Randy Weaver's 14 year old son and a deputy were killed. In the horrifying 11 day siege, Weaver's wife was shot by an FBI sniper, and a shocked nation was forced to consider the fine line between freedom, protection, and murder in this controversial tragedy
 
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Alternative Names
Jess Walter Amerikaans journalist

Jess Walter écrivain américain

Jess Walter escritor estadounidense

Jess Walter giornalista e scrittore statunitense

Jess Walter US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller

Uolter, Dzhess 1965-

Volters, Džess 1965-

Walter, Jess 1969-

Wŏlt'ŏ, Jesŭ 1965-

Джесс Уолтер

וולטר, ג'ס 1965-

월터, 제스 1965-

ウォルター, ジェス

ジェス・ウォルター

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Citizen Vince : a novelThe Zero : a novelThe financial lives of the poets : a novelOver tumbled gravesLand of the blind : a novelEvery knee shall bow : the truth and tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver familyThe zeroRuby Ridge : the truth and tragedy of the Randy Weaver familyThe financial lives of the poets : a novel