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Nobody Move

by Denis Johnson (Author)

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Ehhh. ( )
  marti.booker | Dec 2, 2013 |
Will Patton was born to read Denis Johnson. Near perfect crime crosswire non-resolve. I loved it. Welcome to California. ( )
  librarianbryan | Oct 14, 2013 |
Certainly a breezy read, perfect for transport reading. But it never quite delivers on its promise to be in the league with Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiassen. Starting with low-life gambler and sad sack Luntz getting nabbed by a gangster he owes money just as he leaves his barbershop chorus concert, you think that's where it's going.

But despite plenty of nastiness, there isn't enough quirkiness, color or memorable dialogue. Also, the Amy character's arc wasn't convincing. She got awfully cruel and violent near the end; where did that come from? No foreshadowing. Greedy, sure but not capable of this. Also, it's as though Johnson has never done online banking. Lacking four digits as part of a code might be a problem but getting into a bank account, even one's on onshore account, you'll need more than that.

Still, in the right hands, this could make a Tarantino-esque movie and Anita's surprise viciousness would work fine. ( )
  Periodista | Aug 31, 2013 |
Good fun. Nowhere as deep as his other works, but good fun and a step up for airplane books. ( )
  viking2917 | Jun 29, 2013 |
The action and characters and snappy dialogue and impossible situations keep you reading until the end. It is a bit like a cross between Elmore Leonard and Flannery O'Connor. The gambler Jimmy Luntz is pretty lucky even though he keeps losing his lottery scratch offs. ( )
1 vote paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Jimmy Luntz had never been to war, but this was the sensation, he was sure of that - eighteen guys in a room, Rob, the director, sending them out - eighteen guys shoulder to shoulder, moving out on the orders of their leader to do what they've been training day and night to do.
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From the National Book Award–winning, bestselling author of Tree of Smoke comes a provocative thriller set in the American West. Nobody Move, which first appeared in the pages of Playboy, is the story of an assortment of lowlifes in Bakersfield, California, and their cat-and-mouse game over $2.3 million. Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres—the American crime novel—but with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnson’s own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best.

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"From the National Book Award-winning, bestselling author of Tree of Smoke comes a provocative thriller set in the American West. Nobody Move, which first appeared in the pages of Playboy, is the story of an assortment of lowlifes in Bakersfield, California, and their cat-and-mouse game over $2.3 million. Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres - the American crime novel - but with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnson's own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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