"When 'the little rookie from the wrong side of the marsh' swings the bat,
he brings it on home."
- Publishers Weekly
And writing as Spencer Quinn, the Chet and Bernie Series: Dog On It, Thereby Hangs A Tail, To Fetch A Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much.
"Abrahams constructs a powder keg of suspense ... He manages to imbue this page-turner with themes of racial
and economic injustice while conjuring the ghost of Hamlet's father to
hover in the wings. Stellar.."
- Hallie Ehpron, the Boston Globe
"I swear, if one more literary
person says in that oh-so-condescendng tone, 'Oh, I don't read ...
mysteries,' I'm going to take a novel by Peter Abrahams and smack him
on his smug little head."
- Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
A Publishers Weekly
Best Book of 2006.
An Entertainment Weekly
Best Book of 2006.
"... some delicious twists and
that rare thriller pleasure:
a perfect ending."
- Entertainment Weekly
"Back in the day, the best hard-boiled detective fiction provided readers
with state-of-the-art prose style as well as cheap thrills. But as decades
went by, the style of Chandler and Hammett hardened even further and
became a cliche. Recent incarnations of the noir voice (James Ellroy, for
one) seem compulsive and symptomatic rather than fluid, like a Touretter
mimicking a prizefighter's moves. Peter Abrahams' latest crime novel --
praised by Joyce Carol Oates in the pages of the New Yorker, no less --
points the way out of this hall of mirrors. "Oblivion" is written lean and
sleek and undentable as titanium, but the experience it describes is
anything but rock solid. ... you have to wonder how many pulp-seeking
readers will even notice the elegant, low-key artistry of what Abrahams
has achieved in the writing. But it's there, all right, like all clues
Nick missed before cancer flipped a switch in his brain. Abrahams has as
good a shot as anyone at bringing back detective fiction where the
wordplay counts as much as the gunplay."
- Salon (Laura Miller)
"Gutsier and sexier than most YA novels dare, Abrahams's thriller wrenches
guts with a Richard Price-like facility. Readers will be as irretrievably
drawn in as Wyatt."
- Daniel Kraus, Booklist Starred Review
Winner 2010 Edgar Award,
Best Young Adult Mystery.
" ... readers will be frantically turning pages and fully invested in Abrahams's message of true love conquering all obstacles."
- Kirkus Reviews
"The best writer of psychological
- Laura Miller, Talk of the Nation, NPR
Echo Falls Series
Book Three in the New York Times best-selling Echo Falls series.
"I've read the two previous Echo Falls
mysteries featuring Ingrid (Down the Rabbit Hole and Behind the
Curtain) and enjoyed them, but I think this one may be the best of all."
- Claire Rosser, KLIATT (starred review)
Finalist for the 2007
Agatha Award, Best
2006 Agatha Award
Winner Best Children's/
Young Adult Fiction.