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Great Leader /tpf

Written by Jim Harrison

  • 336 Pages
  • 9781770890367
  • 8.25" x 5.5"
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural


Publication Date October 01, 2011

Literary legend Jim Harrison gives us a brilliant new work that finds him writing at the height of his powers, and in fresh and audacious new directions. The Great Leader is the story of Detective Sunderson, a northern Michigan police detective who has recently retired and has one case he can’t quite shake -- the investigation of a cult leader whom he eventually pursues to Arizona and further afield. Harrison gives readers a unique take on the culture of “Yoopers” (what folks from the rest of Michigan and the Midwest call people from the Upper Peninsula) and cops, in a novel that is wonderfully clever, powerful, and slyly redemptive.

Selected for the Globe and Mail Top 100 Book 2011


Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty two languages. He divides his time between Michigan, Montana, and Arizona.


". . . one of the most memorable tales [from] contemporary master [Jim] Harrison . . ." Kirkus

"You can still feel the excitement every time [Jim Harrison] pulls something new out of his ear, which happens on pretty much every page he writes . . . very close to magic." New York Times

"The Great Leader is precisely what readers will want reading it to be: enthralling, exhilarating, provocative." Globe and Mail

"... wonderful ... lovely writing ... it's amazing how much affection the reader can feel, in the end, for Harrison's anti-hero." Telegraph Journal

"There is more wise counsel in the fiction of Jim Harrison than almost anywhere else, expressed through a wry, sardonic smile and a big, bruised heart." Waterloo Record

"Often dark, in places dryly funny, and surprisingly touching, The Great Leader [is] a true find, worthy of the attention of anyone who loves good and thought-provoking writing." Toronto Star

"... a thoroughly enjoyable tale of religion, sex, and money ... it's a wild ride for an old cop trying to get his life back on track and a great read for the rest of us." Seattle Times

"Jim Harrison sticks to what he’s best at here: sex, violence and intrigue...a compulsive read..." Coast

"The Great Leader has all the hallmarks of a classic Harrison novel -- vigorous prose, startling beauty and wicked humour." Chronicle Herald

"Harrison is still writing sentences that make you yearn for more." Washington Post

"Harrison has made Sunderson's world very real and inhabitable and populated with all kinds of fascinating and believable characters. Always a writer's writer, Harrison's novel is a terrific addition to the canon of hard-boiled literature." HereNB