- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co; Reprint edition (September 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316196703
- ASIN: B00A19XW64
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Single Shot Paperback – September 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
What makes this so compelling and powerful is the author's unrelenting portrait of a man who cannot stop thinking about what he has done, to the point of manic obsession, to the point of visualizing his victim appearing before him in ghostly form, and to the point of wild indetermination about what to do with the stash of cash found in the temporary nesting ground. The revelation of criminal activity adds just the right element to this dark fever dream of a novel that pushes the reader forward, further and further into John Moon's world.
As we travel down this path of dread we realize that his inner world more and more becomes his outer one until the boundary between the two is blurry indeed. As well, the intermittent involvement with his ex-wife, decidedly frustrating, is the "two" in a one-two punch adding to the burning emotional intensity here.
The author's grasp of rural speech patterns, behaviors, and lifestyle is flawless, giving the novel the authenticity it needs to make it truly masterful.
A second reason I'd rate it highly is because the novel is ahead of its time while respecting a classic trope from the past. The book (published in the mid-1990s) is ahead of its time given the post-recession landscape full of meth and broken factories (at least where I'm from) that has engulfed many parts of the United States in the 21st Century. At the same time, having read David Goodis' "The Burglar" earlier this year, I can see how Jones put his ending here into conversation with closing scenes from that classic of noir.
Ultimately, this is a book that lives up to its billing.
It's not often that I feel satisfied after reading a book, but this one was well done.
John Moon's life changes in a single second -- he accidentally shoots a woman, finds a ton of cash, and is now on the run for his life.
While I found this book to be a three star -- IT'S OKAY -- I felt as if I were trespassing into a man's world. This book had me feeling as if I were not supposed to be reading it. It just seems like a total guy book. Does that make sense? Well, it does to me.
Author Matthew F. Jones certainly does have a story to tell. There are many gruesome details, sexual situations, tender moments, suspense, some twists and turns. John Moon is certainly a character to be reckoned with. He has a conscience, means well, stands up for himself; however, things just don't go well for John Moon. Nothing goes his way, people aren't who he thought they were, he is totally on is own in his confusion and flight for his life. I must admit I never saw the ending coming -- it is probably one of the most startling endings I have ever read in a book. Completely unexpected -
If you like a story that is full of guns, girls, guts, glory, this is a book for you. I am glad to have read this book; however, most people will probably enjoy it more than I was able to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ran across this title while looking for something else and what a good find. While sad and somewhat disturbing, Jones introduces us to John Moon and his story of things gone wrongPublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a book you begin reading and can't put down. It is a thriller with a truly unexpected ending.Published 10 months ago by veronica
I'm afraid I couldn't finish it - the protagonist is a lazy drunk, and stupid. I couldn't root for him.Published 12 months ago by WoodSplitter
Bought this book because it was foreworded by Woodrell and, being a fan of the latter, was looking for new american "rural" literature Authors
Found a book that... Read more
This book, which is sort of praised by Daniel Woodrell in a strange introduction, starts off with an act of stupidity and gets dumber as it goes. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by steve shadow schwartz
I read this book since it was described as noir or a mystery. Matt F. Jones is an OK writer but there were lots of punctuation and grammatical errors. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Just the facts.