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Shoot the Moon (2004)

by Billie Letts

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The third book by one of the favorite authors. Part love story, part spy/detective novel. Setting is in Billie's home state of Oklahoma. A young man comes to find his biological family in DeClare, Ok. after finding out he is adopted. Both of his adoptive parents are dead and he comes to Ok to find out his mother was murdered when he was an infant. In fact, they thought he was dead too. The story follows his search with a cousin by this side. Billie has a way of bringing in characters that you would find in any family, with their normal, typical weaknesses and foibles. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 24, 2017 |
A great story: Nick, seeking his birth mother, brings to light the hidden secrets of a rural community and finds a sense of belonging. For me, a bonus was the thread of the relationship of Carrie (a minor character) with her Down Syndrome son.
The novel develops in present time action interspersed with diary entries from Nick's mother, which led me on wondering when she would reveal the truth of what happened. One part that didn't fit well was how Nick could up & leave his successful Vet business to make this trip, how long it took for him to call the office & let them know where he was. ( )
  juniperSun | Aug 3, 2017 |
Shoot The Moon by Billie Letts
4.5 stars

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a tale of a small Oklahoma town and the mystery that has haunted its residents for years.

In 1972, windswept DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the murder of a young mother, Gaylene Harjo, and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottoms were discovered on the banks of Willow Creek, everyone feared that he, too, had been killed, although his body was never found.

Nearly thirty years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare, shocking the town and stirring up long-buried memories. But what he discovers about the night he vanished is more astonishing than he or anyone could have imagine. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, desperate love, and a secret that still cries out for justice...and redemption.

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Those who've read other books by Billy Letts will recognize the familiar Oklahoma territory as well as the well-polished dialogue and heart-warming humor in this part murder mystery, part romance, part humorous study of human nature. It was an enjoyable story of a small town.... a murder.... and a missing child The author created a cast of interesting characters that you wanted to get to know more about. The only thing that I could have done without was the "love story" that came across as not only unbelievable but unnecessary. Otherwise it was an excellent read. ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 22, 2017 |
I love Billie Letts' stories and writing. Shoot the Moon is an engaging story, easy to read or listen to as I did. Someone killed a young mother years ago and her baby disappeared. A man was charged with the murder and for over two decades, his son tried to clear his name. A stranger arrives in town quietly claiming to be the murdered woman's child, now grown. So unravels the story of the people of a small town and what really happened all those years ago, and what's still happening now. Believable, down-home characters, wonderful details. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
I listened to this book on audio CD. It was a good mystery that kept you wondering. I also loved the narrator. I would recommend. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
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This one is for my sons, Shawn and Tracy, who bring me joy--even on the darkest days.
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From one of America's best-loved storytellers - the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller WHERE THE HEART IS - comes a tale of a small Oklahoma town and the mystery that has haunted its residents for years.

In 1972, windswept DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the murder of a young mother, Gaylene Harjo, and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottoms were discovered on the banks of Willow Creek, everyone feared that he, too, had been killed, although his body was never found.

Nearly thirty years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare, shocking the town and stirring up long-buried memories. But what he discovers about the night he vanished is more astonishing than he or anyone could have imagine. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, desperate love, and a secret that still cries out for justice...and redemption.

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Beverly Hills veterinarian Dr. Mark Albright, having just discovered he is adopted, travels to the small town of DeClare, Oklahoma, in search of his parents, and becomes involved in investigating the murder of his mother in 1972, and his own subsequent disappearance at the age of ten months.… (more)

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