Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Four Fingers of Death: A Novel Hardcover – July 28, 2010

3.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
Hardcover, July 28, 2010
$3.21 $0.01

Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

No amount of familiarity with Moody's body of work will prepare a reader for this distressingly impertinent exercise in bafflement. The plot originates in 2024 with Montese Crandall, a blocked writer whose list of woes includes a wife in a coma and an unsavory passion for baseball cards featuring bionically enhanced players, and whose major success is winning the right to author the novelization of the remake of the 1963 horror flick The Crawling Hand. The novelization, then, basically is the book. First, we have the space diaries of Col. Jed Richards, whose mission to Mars goes awry amid machete-wielding colonists, homoerotic encounters with fellow astronauts, and an insidious bacteria. Next, we're back on Earth, swept up in NASA's efforts to curtail the murderous swath of the mission's sole survivor: Colonel Richards's severed arm. All the while, Crandall clears his chest of everything from primate sexuality and megachurches to Mexican wrestlers. The comedy of catharsis ought to be whacked-out good fun. Instead, it is desperately and exceedingly annoying. To accuse Moody's book of inanity is like calling a B-movie's production values thrifty; the inanity is the point. (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Bookmarks Magazine

A "brick-thick, rock-‘n'-roll-dystopian, fast-and-loose-and-ambitious-as-Pynchon novel" (New York Times Book Review), Moody's latest boldly exhibits its author's talents, including his cheeky creativity, linguistic acrobatics, and eccentric characters. However, this unwieldy fusion of SF satire and postmodern metafiction fell short of the critics' expectations. Nearly all agreed that the novel, at nearly 750 pages, is too long, and they also complained that it is too calculated, too repetitive, too self-indulgent, too rambling, and too clever for its own good. Strained attempts at humor and intentionally poor writing rounded out the collective protest. Though Moody's admirers will likely overlook these weaknesses and enjoy this "grab bag of sardonic fun" (Dallas Morning News), other readers may want to steer clear.

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316118915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316118910
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Related Media

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By evanjamesroskos VINE VOICE on August 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
THE FOUR FINGERS OF DEATH will remind you that storytelling is supposed to be fun. It's supposed to stretch the imagination. It's supposed to make you laugh and cringe and cry and smirk and push yourself forward to find out what happens next.

Put simply, I have not had this much fun reading a book -- on nearly every page -- in a long, long time. The second half, especially, feels like a farcical look at contemporary America while the first half has the more gritty suggestion of life during wartime. Truly, this is a book about today and how we got here and what we think we're going as a nation that wants to be optimistic but does pessimistic things. but it's also just a crazy story about the desolation of space travel, paling booths, talking chimps, and a killer bacteria from Mars. And even with all the hilarious, quirky, imaginative chunks, there are some deeply emotional relationships -- some that are variations on the core love affair that helps initiate the whole novelization-within-a-novel plot.

It can be read deeply or not. It can be read slowly or not. But i cannot imagine someone failing to enjoy themselves! I cannot recommend this book enough and yet I hesitate, briefly, because I want everyone I talk to about this book to find it as bizarre and addictive as I do. it's not going to happen, of course, because we all have different needs and interests as readers.

Read it. Let it take its time. It will turn inside out, surprise you, impress you. And you won't have more fun reading anything else. ever.
Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is one quirky little book.

We start out, in something called the Introduction, following the exploits of Montese Crandall who is what I would call a minimalist author. Montese believes that a 25 to 35 page story can be boiled down to it's purist essence and you end up with a 5 to 7 word sentence after getting rid of all the fluff. This does however take time so Montese has written a total of 7 stories in 6 years and he is not exactly getting rich from it.

At one of his book readings, they don't last long, he befriends one of the attendees and starts playing chess with him. The new friend is TERRIBLE.

His friend comes into a bit of luck in that he has been commissioned to write a book for $750 and Montese bets him that he can beat him at chess than he will take the assignment and earn the money at which point Montese's new friend says that if he wins he'd like a Dave McClintock rookie card, class B issue. WTH ! How did this person know he had one ? How good is this person at chess ? Has this been a setup all along ?

The story ends and we move into Book One

In Book One we follow the flight to Mars of three Earth starships to start to establish a colony there. Actually it's just suppose to be a mission to find water on Mars but it appears that on their way to the planet there may be other agenda's for the trip.

Each starship has 3 people aboard and the entire trip is through the eyes and thoughts of Colonel Jed Richards. On the way to Mars some of the astronauts start to experience Space Panic or interplanetary disinhibitory disorder which seems to get worse the further they get from Earth. There is a murder and other mayhem that prevails until they get to Mars.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
There is a pretty good book in here...somewhere...it's too bad some half-way decent editor didn't go in with a machete and hack out all the tons & tons of excess verbosity and let it be found. This writer is the kind of guy who, if he were standing by a window and you asked him if it were raining, would not get around to answering your question until at least two seasons had spun past. There are sentences in this book that are over 1 1/2 pages long. It's quite unfortunate, because parts of it are quite interesting...if you can catch them while flipping past pages & pages of stream-of-idiocy as when, for example, the son of the scientist Koo takes over the perspective & he & the author wallow in dozens & dozens of pages of teenagey-angst & witterings over his insanely hot girlfriend, who's described as "insanely hot girlfriend" sometimes as many as about 15 times per page. There's one ten page section where the son mentally blithers endlessly & we're treated to repetitions of the phrase "proto-hominid" at least 30 times (I got so aggravated I actually kept count), at the end of which there's Jean-Paul's mental scream which ends in 35 --count 'em, 35-- exclamation points.

This is in the second half of the book, which is by far the worst as stream-of-drivel run-ons goes. The first part of the book (not counting the very beginning & ending short framing sections, where the internal 'author' sets up the scenario where he writes the novelization of a movie based on the 1960s cult film "The Crawling Hand." The framing sections could actually be done away with entirely, IMO, without any loss to the book. The story of the author's dying wife is a bit touching, but...meh).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: battletech books