Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman (b. 1952) is an American novelist. Born in Berkeley, California, Hautman moved to Minnesota when he was six. He attended college at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota, and went on to work in marketing and graphic design. Dissatisfied with his work, Hautman turned to fiction, writing his first novel, Drawing Dead, in 1993. A rollicking story of an ex-cop whose gambling gets him into trouble, it was the first of five novels starring Joe Crow, Sam O'Gara, and Axel Speeter. 

Besides writing mysteries, Hautman has had success writing young adult and middle school fiction. In 2004, he won the National Book Award for Godless, a young adult novel about a pair of teens who start a religion based on worshipping a local water tower. Hautman’s recent novels include Blank Confession (2010), The Big Crunch (2011), and What Boys Really Want (2012). You can find his website at this link

“A rollicking crime caper . . . brilliant enough to dazzle the players in novels by the likes of Joe Gores and Elmore Leonard.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A romp of a first novel . . . The cast of characters alone is worth the price of admission.” —Los Angeles Times

“Pete Hautman has written a remarkably accomplished and entertaining first novel, and the comparisons to Westlake and Leonard are justified. You’ll have a good time with this one.” —Lawrence Block

“Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard fans who have yet to discover Hautman’s wryly comic, warmly human characters and madcap plots are in for a treat.” —Publishers Weekly

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