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Breathtakingly good...With a supreme sense of place and marvellously drawn characters, especially Moon, there's that sense of destiny and despair that haunts the finest noir, including, of course, James M Cain's majestic The Postman Always Rings Twice. The comparison is entirely apt. (Daily Mail)
A backwoods drama that is part Crime and Punishment, part Deliverance, and all white-knuckled suspense...it packs a helluva punch (People)
A harrowing literary thriller...a powerful blend of love and violence, of the grotesque and the tender. (New York Times Book Review)
A terrific novel...you can hardly breathe while you're reading this book....his crisis evokes every palm-sweating, heart-stopping, seemingly undoable mistake you've ever made (Los Angeles Times)
A harrowing, high-voltage thriller...A gritty, claustrophobic blend of Jim Thompson and James Dickey. (Publishers Weekly)
Jones owns a fine writer's eye for the kind of details that matter. (Washington Post)
A gritty and compelling US noir in the vein of Cormac McCarthy, publishing for the first time in the UK as a Mulholland classic crime novel.See all Product description
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Essentially, this is a really well constructed novel in the trailer trash noir genre. The writing is concise, telling the story of one man's descent into his own personal hell as a result of one (very tragic) error.
Similarities with the excellent Daniel Woodrell( who writes in the same genre and wrote the foreword of this edition)will be rightly drawn. The book really warrants a wide audience-yes it deals with a very hard and difficult series of events, but it does so in a way that enables the story to take front stage(as it should) rather than exploiting the violent incidents to their full.
The reader is left with a sense of inevitability and great sadness and a feeling that we are all the victims of the trail of outcomes from a single event-for the same theme in less extreme circumstances try 'The Slap' or 'Eleven'. This holds up very well by comparison with both.
It has a great lead character, inner turmoil and of course a whole host of dilemma's that the character has to figure his way out of as he tries to cleanse his own conscience. Add to this some wonderfully descriptive prose, cracking pace and a hint of Lady Macbeth about the whole piece leaves this chilling story working its way through the reader's imagination longer than a cold winter's night. A must read.
John shoots a deer from a distance, and then long pursues a wounded animal. When he hears the bushes rustle, he shoots. The deer appears from the other side, Moon shoots it, too. Going to the bushes, where he first heard a rustle, John finds the body of a young girl he accidentally killed. Exploring the place of illegally camp, he also finds a bag of money and a lot of drugs. After searching the body, John reads the note written by the killed girl, in which she writes about her boyfriend, with whom she head over heels in love. John hides the body in a cave, takes the money and the carcass of a deer and drags all of it to the trailer. Moon wants to use the money to bring back his wife and a child. Later, John realizes that the money belongs to a couple of farmers, whose house a few years ago was robbed, and they were both brutally murdered. Conscience and the people who owned the bag with money begin to pursue John Moon.
«A Single Shot» is what is now called the rural noir. The novel story is indeed close to noir, first of all because it is about good people doing bad things. John Moon is an honest, but a broken hero. He is «a good-looking guy ..., gentle and with a good sense of humor». Life was not fair to him, but he has no inner core, to resist to the end and did not succumb to temptations. He takes the stolen money (stealing already stolen), but for the benefit of the family.Read more ›
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A good literary thriller,kept me guessing for some time,I've read more of his books namely the cooter farm,which I also enjoyed.Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Arrived in perfect condition, better than anticipated, recommended, very good. Arrived in perfect condition, better than anticipated, recommended, very good.Published on 2 Jun. 2012 by ajdehany
I can't believe I hadn't heard of this author before a friend convinced me to read A SINGLE SHOT. The book is a masterpiece, one of those rare novels that stays in your head... Read morePublished on 28 July 1999
I still haven't got John Moon or his unraveling out of my head. SHOT is taut and edgy with real characters you can care about. The L.A. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 1999
Teeters between taut writing (though there's a definite limit to the present tense, and this novel far exceeds it) and the pornography of voyeuristic violence. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 1999