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Als het graf zwijgt

(Caroline Mabry #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Na een mislukte drugsoperatie, waarin rechercheur Caroline Mabry een bijna noodlottige keuze maakt, stuit de politie op het levenloze lichaam van een jonge prostituee. Als kort daarna nog twee lijken worden gevonden aan de oever van de rivier die Spokane in tweeën deelt, raken Rechercheur Caroline Mabry en haar cynische superieur, Alan Dupree, verwikkeld in een speurtocht ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 2015 by Marmer (first published January 1st 2001)
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Tom LA
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Jess Walter. I think this was his first work of fiction. It might be not as polished or perfect as a thriller by an experienced author, but Walter succeeded in writing a crime story that has at the same time a literary depth and an engaging, believable plot. Too often you find either one or the other, but not both elements in the same book. Characters are 3D sculptures, alive and breathing from the pages. You also have an original twist on the "typical cynical investigator ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book – when it was initially published – almost ten years ago. I remembered it as a police procedural/mystery set in Spokane, Washington, with two interesting and flawed law enforcement protagonists tracking a serial killer.

My memory served me right, but in rereading Over Tumbled Graves I noted a not so subtle undercurrent in the writing and story-telling. Although this book has all the ingredients of the mystery/thriller genre, the finished product is not what I expected, i.e. the
aPriL does feral sometimes
A long time ago I spent time in Spokane, Washington, the setting for this marvelously written literary mystery. The small city itself was an interesting place of contrasts, surrounded by a beautiful and dramatic landscape. This was in the 1970's, so I imagine it has changed a great deal. However, when I was there it was in the process of trying to fit two very different life philosophies together - blue-collar, hard-working hard-drinking country/cowboy-music unstyled people with calloused hands ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit, mystery
Serious and yet oddly whimsical serial killer mystery. This is Walter's first novel, and you can tell that there were a lot of elements he wanted to get in there—the Green River Killer and the double-edged sword of profiling and new policing vs. old and T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and even a touch of romance. I'm not sure how well it all works together; the resulting work feels a bit disjointed, not quite complete. But it's also so much more interesting and complex than the average mystery, wi ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I've been thru Spokane before. It's one of those mid-sized smaller cities like Buffalo, NY; Dearborn, MI; Springville, IL; and a city that I spent more than 10 years in, Duluth, MN. These cities (and a handful of others) had big big money when the railroad was big and when inland ports prospered. There's a certain poverty that lives in these cities that threatens to drown out the history - poverty resulting from meth, the white poor, bigger gangs moving into smaller communities, and the people t ...more
Sean Owen
After being totally wowed by the short story collection "We Live in Water" I've been working my way through Jess Walter's back catalog. "Over Tumbled Graves" is his first and it falls short of the mark set by "The Zero" and "Citizen Vince" This is a fairly typical story about a serial killer preying on prostitutes in Spokane Washington and the police officers trying to track him down. It's not that the book is bad, it's just fairly unremarkable. Walter seems to be just starting to find his voice ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding a new author (new in the sense of my never having been exposed to him before) that I like is one of the great pleasures in life … and I definitely will be looking for novels by Jess Walter in the future. It turns out that this was Walters’ first published novel (2001), and this copy was a 2000 advanced reader’s edition (Not For Sale). This particular copy appeared on the book-swap shelf at the VA Hospital last week. Frankly, I picked it up largely because it was set in large print (altho ...more
Patrick McCoy
After reading two recent impressive novels (Citizen Vince and The Zero) by Jess Walters I have decided to go back and read his first two novels. The first of which is Over Tumbled Graves. The title comes from an epigraph from T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem “The Waste Land”:

In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing

Over the tumbled graves.

In fact, Walters states in an interview in the back of the book that he has tried to write a parallel structure with the poem in the novel. I can’t judge whethe
Scotty Cameron
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I read Land of the Blind before reading this, which meant I knew how certain things would go. Somehow, though, that didn't change how much I enjoyed the book. I think that really says something about the power of good writing. However, I strongly recommend reading this first!

This book follows Caroline Mabry and Alan Dupree, two police officers in the homicide unit, as they try to unravel the seemingly open-and-shut case of several murdered prostitutes, their bodies all found in the same mann
Sharon Styer
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am on a Jess Walter tear. Under Tumbled Graves is the 5th book of Walter's that I have read. Yikes.
I think my addiction stems from his newspaper reporter quality. He writes with knowledge of police and crime. He's obviously an observant man. He knows his characters and he helps us know his characters. Also, he writes from Spokane, WA which is a similar town to Tacoma. I just relate to his writing and so wish someone from Tacoma could write in this same way.
This plot positions old police styles
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great mystery by one of my favorite authors. I can't believe I'd never heard of him until I saw his new short story collection We Live in Water on the new book shelf at my local library. Since that one I've read 5 more, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. This one is pure suspense, with plenty of surprises in the last third of the book. The plot and pacing are excellent, and the story never gets tired. The characters are multi-dimensional and full of life. I love Mr. Walter's writing styl ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read and enjoy well written mystery/suspense novels but many of them just run together after a while. I really liked this distinctive, first-rate thriller. After reading all of the positive plugs about Beautiful Ruins by the same author, I decided to check this one out. In contrast to the many over-the-top detectives in other recent crime dramas, these were believable…sometimes cynical and often overworked, frustrated and full of personal uncertainties. Dupree, one of the investigators, is esp ...more
Eric Eden
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific writer! Over Tumbled Graves, like other works of Jess Walter, doesn't really fit neatly into a category. The writing is really compelling, the multiple story lines are interesting, and OTG is about more than one thing. It's first and foremost an exciting mystery about a serial killer in Spokane, WA. (I think all Jess' books are set in Spokane, where he lives and has worked as a business reporter before turning to writing fiction). OTG is also a meditation on the lives of police, ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Jess Walter fan. Most of his other books are complete winners for me. This book, not so much.
It is possible that since I read this book while studying a Financial Analyses text book I am a little biased against any writing that is not dialog driven. Reading the text book was akin to reading Romanian through a mason jar of thick maple syrup and so, I turned to Walter for an escape. This book was not as difficult to read as the finance text, thankfully. It was, however short on dialog as Wa
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of anything clever to write about this. ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's so boring and predictable, I don't even know why I finished it. All characters are forgettable, the so-called love story is ridiculous, huge amount of scenes made no sense, and there were literally only one person except the cops who could have been a suspect. Arghhh. ...more
I read Beautiful Ruins last summer and was so enthralled by (a) Jess Walter's prose and (b) the fact that he's from Spokane and sets some of his novels there that I promptly added pretty much everything he's ever written to my to-read list. It's just taken me a little while to get to it. After reading this one, I already have a library request in for the second Caroline Mabry novel, Land of the Blind. I think I'll be reading a lot of Jess Walter this summer.

A drug-bust gone bad turns into a hom
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes high-quality literary detective fiction
I had never heard of Jess Walter, but when my Goodreads friend Erin listed his Citizen Vince as "To Read", I became interested in that book so did a little research on Walter then decided I wanted to read all of his books starting with the first, Over Tumbled Graves.

I joined Goodreads to get good ideas for what to read next. This was one of those serendipitous, validating choices: I loved Over Tumbled Graves! Unlike a much more recent former journalist's first foray into fiction (Paula Hawkins'
Milo King
I enjoyed this early Jess Walter novel. It is pretty much in the crime fiction/police procedural genre, only better. You can see the attention played to character and ideas, in addition to plotting, that comes to full fruition in his later novels in this vein - Citizen Vince and The Zero.
Laila (BigReadingLife)
More like a 3.5, but it's Jess Walter so I'm rounding up.

This was his first novel. Interesting to see his progress from then to now. I truly think this man can write anything. Literary crime thriller. Good story, good writing, just really dark. If you're not a fan of Jess Walter - AND YOU SHOULD BE - but like crime writers like Michael Connelly, then I say give this one a try.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's so exciting to find a great author you haven't known about before! I will be reading more of Jess Walter's books. My thanks to Well Read . ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book for someone that has read a ton of police procedurals and gripes that they're too "same-y". Walter starts down that road but by the halfway point he's subverting some tropes and dissecting others, exposing them to the light. I haven't read enough murder mysteries to do it justice in this review, but I'll try.

Caroline Mabry is a new-ish detective that finds herself in the middle of a serial murder case. Along with her philosophical mentor and a technologically savvy green
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, Walter's first novel (of seven), is a mystery-thriller, but it's also very much about the place it's set in—Spokane, Washington, Walter's hometown—and the relationships of people depicted in it. So it's not just about (a) murder, (b) police investigation, (c) murder solved. It's more than that. With a twist at the end that I expected but was not at all disappointed to see. It wasn't one of those out-of-left-field twists; it felt organic to the whole.

The basic plot involves the search for a
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century, fiction
This was hyped up to me and I can appreciate why: the running commentary on crime as media phenomenon and serial killers as celebrities and the portrayal of the screwedupness of police, in general, is notable. The main character, Caroline, participates in two instances of police brutality, other major character (view spoiler), and of course (view spoiler). At the sa ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it was mentioned, in a positive way, in a book I recently finished, Dead Girls.
I have read other Jess Walter books and I have liked them all.
This was very good, as a mystery and as a novel. The book has a compelling plot, and interesting characters and side characters. It is in third-person, and it does shift focus from time to time, but mainly the focus in on the detectives Caroline Mabry and Dupree. I found their relationship interesting. The book also didn't focus too
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this first Caroline Mabry novel out of order; first I read #2, "Land of the Blind," which was structured differently than any detective novel I'd read, and in a good way. So, I was eager to read #1. When I bought the trade paperback, though, I discovered it had a cover depicting a Caroline that didn't line up with the person I'd pictured while reading #2: I'd just watched three seasons of Mr. Robot, with Grace Gummer playing detective Dominique DiPierro, and she seemed perfect to embody C ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He wished to write a literary thriller. Seems to me, he did. It isn't someone else noted, it is very much a first novel (and not the sort that becomes an only novel...which I tend to love and find frustrating since they don't lead to future reads). Still, a solid mystery with a lot o FCC humanity. The copy I have includes some discussion w Waters who also talks about seeing the woman, not just the prostitute. He helps one do that sort of thing....even w the imperfect folks.

Also, aft
I have such mixed feelings about this -- there are many reasons why I should give it 4 or 5 stars -- the writing is brilliant, if dense, at times. The characters are well drawn. The mystery is well developed and the ending creative. However, during the first 50 pages, I wondered why I continued reading (except that I owed it to my mystery group to finish). I'm not a true crime fan. Unfortunately, at this time in the world, reading about a serial killer was not what I needed... and yet the plot a ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
PROTAGONIST: Detective Caroline Mabry
SETTING: Spokane, Washington
SERIES: #1 of 2
RATING: 3.75
WHY: While on a drug bust, Detective Caroline Mabry faces a choice—continue to pursue a murderer named Lenny Ryan or try to rescue a drug dealer who has fallen off a bridge into the rapids. She chooses the latter, only to find out that Ryan may be a serial killer of prostitutes. A body is found near the scene of the attempted bust. Shortly after it is removed, another is found in the exact same location.
Dr T
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery set in Spokane WA. The mystery is complex, with serial killer aspects in a series of prostitute murders, and other aspects apparent in the murders of people related to the prostitute murders. The book moves slowly, and my progress through it was impeded by the unlikely stupid actions, like failing to call for backup at all times, which should not be happening with trained and experienced police officers. It got so I started thinking, "not again" every time Detective Mabry ...more
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Jess Walter is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Details, Playboy, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe among many others.

Walter also writes screenplays and was the co-author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 b

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