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Pete Dexter

Author of Paris Trout

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About the Author

Novelist, journalist, and poet Pete Dexter was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1943. As a student at the University of South Dakota, where he attended on and off for ten years, he wrote poetry and won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. After graduating in 1970, he found work as a show more newspaper reporter. While working as a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, Dexter was nearly beaten to death by readers who disapproved of a piece he wrote about a drug-related murder. That experience helped propel him into fiction writing, and in 1984, he published God's Pocket. Dexter won a National Book Award in 1988 for his novel Paris Trout, a book that exemplifies his characteristic blending of humor and violence. As a journalist, his work has also appeared in such periodicals as Esquire and Playboy. Paper Trails, published in 2007, is a compilation of columns he wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News and The Sacramento Bee from the 1970s to the 1990s. He also wrote the novel Spooner in 2009. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Pete Dexter

Paris Trout (1988) 1,244 copies
The Paperboy (1995) 752 copies
Deadwood (1968) 707 copies
Spooner (2009) — Author — 535 copies
Train (2003) 508 copies
Brotherly Love (1991) 289 copies
God's Pocket (1983) 196 copies
Rush [1991 film] (1991) — Screenplay — 11 copies
Dexter Pete 1 copy
Avisdrengen (2001) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 203 copies
Michael [1996 movie] (1996) — Screenwriter — 81 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies
Playboy Magazine ~ August 1986 (Lillian Müller) (1986) — Contributor — 2 copies


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152. Deadwood by Pete Dexter in Backlisted Book Club (March 2022)


Very entertaining - close to 5 stars. The dialogue is great, at times reminiscent of Beckett. The author was, of course, restricted by the actual events in Deadwood, so I wished that some relationships could persist, but I guess that's the point. As Agnes Lake says, Things don't care how they happen, that's left for us, to care.
markm2315 | 22 other reviews | Aug 18, 2023 |
Really great.
k6gst | 22 other reviews | Jul 28, 2023 |
I waffled on whether to give this four or five stars. The story and characters carry you along almost effortlessly, and the tension, or maybe 'drive' is a better word, of the writing is irresistible. What made me dock one star was the structure, I think. I think the structure belongs to a longer book. Not that this doesn't feel complete. It's very satisfying.

Roy Blount, Jr. is said to have provided the following blurb for the book: 'I put it down once to wipe off the sweat.' High praise indeed. That's what made me seek it out, at least. And if I didn't read so slowly, and if I didn't have a small child in the house, I, too, would have swallowed this book whole.

I'll definitely read more of Pete Dexter. I already have Spooner sitting on the shelf.
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bookwrapt | 22 other reviews | Mar 31, 2023 |
Huh. The story in this book is good but the telling of story, is really slow and filled with a lot of unnecessary detail. I get trying to add atmosphere but this book for me just seemed to drag on, and yet at the same time more detail about the killer, the sheriff who was killed and the opinions of those in town are given barely any detail.
Good story idea poor execution.
zmagic69 | 14 other reviews | Mar 31, 2023 |



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