Assumption by Percival Everett
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A baffling triptych of murder mysteries by the author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Ogden Walker, deputy sheriff of a small New Mexico town, is on the trail of an old woman’s murderer. But at the crime scene, his are the only footprints leading up to and away from her door. Something is amiss, and even his mother knows it. As other cases pile up, Ogden gives chase, pursuing flimsy leads for even flimsier reasons. His hunt leads him from the seamier side of Denver to a hippie commune as he seeks the puzzling solution.

In Assumption, his follow-up to the wickedly funny I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Percival Everett is in top form as he once again upends our expectations about characters, plot, race, and meaning. A wild ride to the heart of a baffling mystery, Assumption is a literary thriller like no other.

 

About Percival Everett

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Percival Everett is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of eighteen novels, including I Am Not Sidney Poitier, The Water Cure, Wounded, Erasure, and Glyph.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Graywolf Press. 235 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When the trail of a suspect leads to a series of dead ends, Ogden realizes that “the longer he drove around Denver, asking his stupid questions, the less he knew what he was doing.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

The New York Times

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There were consistent jobs for locals there, but no prosperity.” Ogden flogs his aging Ford Bronco to and from these godforsaken places, apparently unsure at every turn whether he’s on the right track, and even if he is, where it will lead and what difference it will make.

Dec 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

The Wall Street Journal

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Monk, who rejects racial distinctions, is portrayed as the contemporary invisible man, black in the eyes of the white world, not "black enough" in the black world.

Oct 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

NPR

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Assumption is a new novel from Percival Everett.

Oct 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

New York Journal of Books

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A few important characters in Assumption are very well drawn, especially the staff of the sheriff’s office and their families, and the prostitute who appears as the plot shifts to the lowlife in Denver and urban blight.Deputy Ogden encounters a number of motley characters, all participating in cr...

Oct 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Star Tribune

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Everett's 22nd book is an intriguing, complicated, confusing novel with no easy answers and no neat ending.

Oct 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

San Francisco Chronicle

He hated white people, but not enough to refrain from marrying one, Ogden's mother.") Everett creates an enjoyable supporting cast for Walker's investigations, including the overeating sheriff, Bucky Paz, and Warren Fragua, Walker's occasional partner.

Dec 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

City Book Review

And the fish would ignore it, almost with disdain.” Assumption is three separate stories and also one single narrative about Deputy Ogden Walker, a New Mexico deputy sheriff, and three seemingly unrelated cases in which he’s involved.

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Chron.com

Widely published, postmodern-ish writer Percival Everett toys with the crime genre in his three-part novel Assumption, set in the New Mexico desert and featuring deputy Ogden Walker, son of a black father and white mother, an anomaly in redneck country.

Nov 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Readers who like their suspense stories resolved well will find Everett’s latest novel frustrating.

Nov 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

In Assumption, his follow-up to the wickedly funny I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Percival Everett is in top form as he once again upends our expectations about characters, plot, race, and meaning.

Nov 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Time Out New York

For instance, his 2001 novel, Erasure (which is being simultaneously reprinted by Graywolf alongside Assumption), is about a brainy writer who, fed up with pressure from his publishers to write a "black" novel, inadvertently gives the publishing world its next big thing.

Nov 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Fiction Writers Review

Percival Everett’s Assumption (Graywolf, 2011) is a collection of three mystery novellas centering on Deputy Ogden Walker, an ex-military police officer of mixed race, who now works as a deputy in the “hick-full, redneck county” of Plata, New Mexico.

Jan 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Time Out Chicago

But that murder is wrapped up about a third of the way into the novel, and then another case takes us through the middle section, and then one more closes the book out.

Nov 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

ForeWord Reviews

His father spoke to him, a dead voice telling Ogden that he was a fool, a fool to love the desert, a fool to have left school, a fool to have joined the army, a fool to have no answers, and a fool to expect answers to questions he was foolish enough to ask.

Nov 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

Annenberg Digital News

Walker, last on the scene prior to the murder of a fish and game patrolman, is fingered for killing him.

Oct 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Assumption: A Novel

High Country News

"This was not going well," writes Everett as Ogden, hot on the trail of a Denver-based hooker, runs into a group of heavily tattooed thugs.

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