The Great Leader
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Author Jim Harrison has won international acclaim for his masterful body of work, including Returning to Earth, Legends of the Fall and over thirty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his most original work to date, Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty and expertly-crafted novel following one man’s hunt for an elusive cult leader, dubbed “The Great Leader.”
On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson begins to investigate a hedonistic cult, which has set up camp near his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his sixteen-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized. Recently divorced and frequently pickled in alcohol, Sunderson tracks his quarry from the woods of Michigan to a town in Arizona, filled with criminal border-crossers, and on to Nebraska, where the Great Leader’s most recent recruits have gathered to glorify his questionable religion. But Sunderson’s demons are also in pursuit of him.
Rich with character and humor, The Great Leader is at once a gripping excursion through America’s landscapes and the poignant story of a man grappling with age, lost love and his own darker nature.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
Great idea, lousy execution
Plainly and simply, this had nothing to do with cult leaders but about the pathetic drinking and whoring of a retired cop. Then after 380 pages, that's it, I've written enough, let's just kill off the villain. A waste of money.......
Jim Harrison is one of a very small handful of writers who writes from the heart of manhood. No macho illusions, no new-age sensitivity on display, just the stuff that makes us go. This - all his work -- is required reading for anyone who wonders about such things. His style is unlike any other, funny and rich and passionate. His is the voice of an American original, a national treasure.