From the National Book Award-winning, best-selling 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 does so 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.More
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less than meets the eye
Yes, I have read two books by Denis Johnson -- Tree of Smoke and Fiskadoro. I like both, especially Tree of Smoke, so when a friend told me he had written a noir book, I was eager to try it. Big mistake.
As for Will Patton, I thought his reading was fine. His presence on another book would not sway me either for or against.
The action was not particularly engaging. It was hard to keep the characters apart, even though there weren't that many of them. And the ending was completely ridiculous -- pretentiously ambiguous when it should have just tied up the various threads.
The main character. Yes, I know, this is a problem. But I cannot see what he added to the plot or the ambience of the piece.
Read Tree of Smoke instead. It's a way better book.