WorldCat Identities

Walter, Jess 1965-

Works: 49 works in 289 publications in 14 languages and 17,197 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  Short stories  Case studies  Psychological fiction  Fictional autobiographies  Detective and mystery fiction  Black humor  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: KF224.S485, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Jess Walter
Most widely held works by Jess Walter
In contempt by Christopher A Darden( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 2,352 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
The Zero : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the tradition of Franz Kafka, Joseph Heller, and Don DeLillo, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense."--Publisher
Citizen Vince : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,265 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 financial lives of the poets : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

35 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,239 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 )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,084 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
Every knee shall bow : the truth and tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver family by Jess Walter( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 943 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?
Beautiful ruins by Jess Walter( Recording )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 939 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
We live in water : stories by Jess Walter( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 928 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
Land of the blind : a novel by Jess Walter( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and French and held by 817 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
The best American short stories 2015 by Heidi Pitlor( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources
The zero by Jess Walter( Recording )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 222 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 )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 203 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
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter( Recording )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and French and held by 201 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
The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven by Sherman Alexie( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 192 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
De donut man by Jess Walter( Book )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in Dutch and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een week voor de presidentsverkiezingen in de herfst van 1980 besluit een Amerikaanse oplichter, die in een getuigenbeschermingsprogramma is opgenomen, voor het eerst van zijn leven te gaan stemmen
We live in water by Jess Walter( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 107 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
Als het graf zwijgt by Jess Walter( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in Dutch and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een vrouwelijke detective uit Spokane wordt geconfronteerd met een seriemoordenaar die het op prostituees heeft voorzien
The financial lives of the poets : a novel by Jess Walter( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 66 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
You and me and the devil makes three Esquire's fiction for men : stories by Aaron Gwyn, Jess Walter and Luis Alberto Urrea( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three new stories for men, by three of the most ambitious and talented names in fiction A search for an eight-ball of cocaine, turns into a pistol-whipping and executions in Aaron Gwyn & rsquo;s stunning and disquieting & ldquo;You and Me and the Devil Makes Three. & rdquo; Gwyn, who was born in Tulsa and raised on a cattle ranch, is the author of the novel The World Beneath and the story collection Dog on a Cross, about which the Boston Globe wrote, & ldquo;In Gwyn & rsquo;s expert hands, nothing, including good or evil, is ever so simple ... part Flannery O & rsquo;Connor, part Shirley Jackson, and wholly original & mdash;so brilliantly compelling. & rdquo; This new story is no less shocking and revelatory. In & ldquo;Young Man Blues, & rdquo; Luis Alberto Urrea introduces us to Joey, the son of a motorcycle gangster tasked with caring for his mother while his dad serves time in Pelican Bay. Packed with rottweilers and German Lugers, roaring car engines and doughnut girls, this story is as riveting and funny as it is affecting. Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is the author of The Hummingbird & rsquo;s Daughter, which was twenty years in the making and named a book of the year by numerous publications. His most recent novel, Queen of America, is a New York Times & ldquo;editor & rsquo;s choice & rdquo; selection for 2011. Jess Walter & rsquo;s & ldquo;Big Man & rdquo; depicts middle-aged men trying to relive their glory days in their local recreational basketball league. Beer bellies, ex-wives, and middle age come together in a hilarious and absurd riff on mortality that is vintage Walter. Walter & rsquo;s novels include The Zero, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Financial Lives of the Poets, which Time called & ldquo;the funniest way-we-live-now book of the year. & rdquo; He most recently published Beautiful Ruins, which Richard Russo describes as & ldquo;an absolute masterpiece. & rdquo; Esquire's Fiction for Men is a new ebook series whose mission is to publish the type of original short stories men love to read & mdash;plot-driven, immediate, essential, and impossible to put down
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In contempt
Alternative Names
Jess Walter American writer

Jess Walter Amerikaans journalist

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


The Zero : a novelCitizen Vince : a novelThe financial lives of the poets : a novelOver tumbled gravesEvery knee shall bow : the truth and tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver familyLand of the blind : a novelThe zeroRuby Ridge : the truth and tragedy of the Randy Weaver familyThe financial lives of the poets : a novel