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The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery
 
 
Author
Jim Harrison.
Publisher Grove/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780802119704
Pages/Publication Date 329/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31631
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In this "comic backwoods noir" (Publishers Weekly) by the author of Legends of the Fall, Detective Sunderson has had a long career in the Michigan police—first in Detroit where what he saw stood his hair on end, and now in the Upper Peninsula where he grew up, which holds its own sorrows and horrors. He is on the verge of retirement when he begins to investigate a hedonistic cult that has set up camp a few hours away. There's no case to be made, and Sunderson's retirement begins as planned, but he can't get the self-declared Great Leader out of his mind. At first, the guy seems to be merely a harmless oddball but as Sunderson and his unlikely 16-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find the Leader to be more sinister and intelligent than they'd originally realized. Recently divorced and frequently pickled in alcohol, Sunderson tracks his quarry from the woods of Michigan to a town in Arizona filled with professional and criminal border crossers, and on to Nebraska where the Great Leader's most recent recruits have gathered to glorify his questionable religion—while Sunderson's demons are also in pursuit of him.

"The Great Leader carbonates page after page after page. You might go so far as to compare it to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Or ...Ted Williams, much the better hitter ... [Or] Willie Mays. Mays was a magic act, but the kind that left you with the feeling that the miraculous stuff surprised him too. And that’s where Harrison fits in, 30-odd books down the road—his own shelf in the library—and you can still feel the excitement every time he pulls something new out of his ear. Which pretty much happens on every page he writes."— NYTBR

 
 
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