The totally absorbing and evocative new thriller from the writer of OVER TUMBLED GRAVES and LAND OF THE BLIND.
Vince's real name is Marty Hagen. A career criminal from New Jersey, he has been given a new identity in a sleepy Northwest city by the Witness Protection Program. Since he testified against the hoods he used to run with, his rights have been restored - including his right to vote, something he's never done. For Vince, voting in the Presidential election becomes the most important thing in his life - proof that even a guy like him can change.
But while Vince is busy remaking himself, his past arrives in town in the form of a contract killer that he recognises from his old life. Has he come to kill Vince
With three days left until the election, Vince must duck crooks, cops and an implacable killer, as he tries to figure out a way to save himself, and his dreams.
A suspenseful crime story, a moving love story and a superb evocation of time and place, CITIZEN VINCE is a truly memorable novel from an acclaimed author.
Splendidly entertaining, thoughtful - Sunday Telegraph
A tasty novel. Funny, sad, mad, scary ... I liked it a lot. - Independent on Sunday
Refreshing ... entertaining ... [with] wry precision and expert timing - New York Times
Jess Walter [is] a wonderful writer Citizen Vince is fast, tough, thoughtful and funny. I loved this novel. - Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and A Long Way Down
It's been a long time since I've read a book as compulsively, indeed greedily, as I read CITIZEN VINCE. - Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EMPIRE FALLS
Dazzling ... wry dialogue ... agile prose ... and a finely tuned plot. - Seattle Times
A nerve-tingling narrative - Manchester City Life
Utterly inventive ... excruciatingly breathless - Washington Post Book World
Jess Walter has covered the rash of Pacific Northwest serial Killings, including the recent arrest of alleged serial killer Robert L. Yates in Spokane last Spring, for the Washington Post and other national media. Co-author of Christopher Darden's number one bestseller In Contempt and the author of the non-fiction book Every Knee Shall Bow, Walter lives in Spokane with his family.