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ISBN13: 9780374222901
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Jimmy Luntz has a knack for survival, if not for much else. Despite the trouble his gambler's instincts keep getting him into, he's a character with heart — which keeps getting in the way when it's time to pull the trigger. A smokin' good story.
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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.

Review:

"National Book Award" winner Johnson (Tree of Smoke) goes lean and mean in this slick noir, originally serialized in Playboy last summer. Jimmy Luntz, a chain-smoking, fast-talking addictive gambler, is in the hole several grand to underworld bad dude Juarez, and he knows his kneecaps have a date with a tire iron when enforcer Gambol nabs him in Bakersfield, Calif. But perennial loser Jimmy gets a lucky break when he escapes, having shot Gambol in the leg and taken off with Gambol's cash-fat wallet. Soon enough, he meets alcoholic vixen Anita Desilvera. She's barreling toward oblivion, having been set up by her prosecutor husband and a corrupt judge in a $2.3 million swindle. As Jimmy and Anita hide out and plan a caper to get the millions, Gambol and Juarez track down Jimmy and learn of the big money at stake. Fates collide in the brutal last act, and, naturally, not everyone makes it out alive. With its crackling dialogue and mercilessly bleak worldview, this stark and darkly funny chronicle of a four-way race to the bottom is a testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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It may seem odd that Denis Johnson has followed up on his National Book Award-winning "Tree of Smoke," a sprawling novel about the Vietnam War, with its diametric opposite, a slim, blackly comic crime tale reminiscent of those published by Fawcett Gold Medal half a century ago. But John Banville made a similar move when he adopted the name Benjamin Black for his crime novels after he won the Booker... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Good morning and please listen to me: Denis Johnson is a true American artist." The New York Times Book Review

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"We can hear Twain in [Johnson's] bitter irony, Whitman in his erotic excess . . . An amazingly talented writer." Newsday

Synopsis:

From the National Book Award-winning, bestselling author of Tree of Smoke comes a provocative thriller set in the American West.

Synopsis:

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 does so with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnsons own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best.

Synopsis:

Jimmy Luntz is an innocent man, more or less. He's just leaving a barbershop chorus contest in Bakersfield, California, thinking about placing a few bets at the track, when he gets picked up by a thug named Gambol and his life takes a calamitous turn. Turns out Jimmy owes Gambol's boss significant money, and Gambol's been known to do serious harm to his charges. Soon enough a gun comes out, and Jimmy's on the run. While in hiding he meets up with a vengeful, often-drunk bombshell named Anita, and the two of them go on the lam together, attracting every kind of trouble.

The latest from National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson, Nobody Move "does exactly what noir should do--propel the reader downhill, with its cast of losers, louts and toughs as they cheat, shoot, and exploit one another into fast-talking oblivion" (Jess Walker, The Boston Globe).

About the Author

Denis Johnson is the author of six novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke was the 2007 winner of the National Book Award. He lives in northern Idaho.

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Larry Robinson, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
Originally serialized in Playboy, the constraints of publishing in a magazine have led Johnson to create a crisp literary thriller. One of his best.
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Larry Robinson, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
This was serialized in Playboy before being published as a book. The space constraints from magazine publishing have made for a tight plot with excellent dialogue and characters. One of Johnson's best.
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Jose Juarez, May 15, 2009 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
Dull. Hard to follow. One dimensional. If that's your type of novel than Nobody Move is right for you. I don't like crime novel's but I thought I would give this one a shot since it was suppose to be set in my hometown of Bakersfield, California but mainly the plot revolves around mentioning the city of Bakersfield and a bunch of other fictional city names. Blah. Denis Johnson seems a little cocky in his latest novel; writing as if whatever he writes is intant gold. 'But don't take my word for it.' Read it yourself. *I recommend The Devil's of Bakerfield by John Shannon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374222901
Author:
Johnson, Denis
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Patton, Will
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Noir fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
noir
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 cds, 4.5 hours
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.52 x 0.56 in

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Product details 208 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374222901 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Jimmy Luntz has a knack for survival, if not for much else. Despite the trouble his gambler's instincts keep getting him into, he's a character with heart — which keeps getting in the way when it's time to pull the trigger. A smokin' good story.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "National Book Award" winner Johnson (Tree of Smoke) goes lean and mean in this slick noir, originally serialized in Playboy last summer. Jimmy Luntz, a chain-smoking, fast-talking addictive gambler, is in the hole several grand to underworld bad dude Juarez, and he knows his kneecaps have a date with a tire iron when enforcer Gambol nabs him in Bakersfield, Calif. But perennial loser Jimmy gets a lucky break when he escapes, having shot Gambol in the leg and taken off with Gambol's cash-fat wallet. Soon enough, he meets alcoholic vixen Anita Desilvera. She's barreling toward oblivion, having been set up by her prosecutor husband and a corrupt judge in a $2.3 million swindle. As Jimmy and Anita hide out and plan a caper to get the millions, Gambol and Juarez track down Jimmy and learn of the big money at stake. Fates collide in the brutal last act, and, naturally, not everyone makes it out alive. With its crackling dialogue and mercilessly bleak worldview, this stark and darkly funny chronicle of a four-way race to the bottom is a testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Good morning and please listen to me: Denis Johnson is a true American artist." The
"Review" by , "We can hear Twain in [Johnson's] bitter irony, Whitman in his erotic excess . . . An amazingly talented writer."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the National Book Award-winning, bestselling author of Tree of Smoke comes a provocative thriller set in the American West.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 does so with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnsons own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best.
"Synopsis" by , Jimmy Luntz is an innocent man, more or less. He's just leaving a barbershop chorus contest in Bakersfield, California, thinking about placing a few bets at the track, when he gets picked up by a thug named Gambol and his life takes a calamitous turn. Turns out Jimmy owes Gambol's boss significant money, and Gambol's been known to do serious harm to his charges. Soon enough a gun comes out, and Jimmy's on the run. While in hiding he meets up with a vengeful, often-drunk bombshell named Anita, and the two of them go on the lam together, attracting every kind of trouble.

The latest from National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson, Nobody Move "does exactly what noir should do--propel the reader downhill, with its cast of losers, louts and toughs as they cheat, shoot, and exploit one another into fast-talking oblivion" (Jess Walker, The Boston Globe).

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