Nobody Move

Nobody Move

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.

Title:Nobody Move
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374222901
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    Nobody Move Reviews

  • Bill Kerwin

    This is a spare, well-crafted crime novel with great laconic dialogue, believably seedy characters, and a satisfying--although far from pat--resolution....

  • Jessica

    Okay, so I'll take back my fifteen-year-old pronouncement based on nothing but adolescent prejudice, and finally admit it: Denis Johnson is a really good writer. I wish I could write like Denis Johnso...

  • Kemper

    Two word review: Very meh. Unexpected side effect during or after reading: Urge to read a better crime novel. New thing I learned from reading this book: Singers in barber shop quartets may not be as ...

  • D. Pow

    This was a damn good read. It combines the cheap thrills and casual violence of a typical noir with the perfectly crafted sentences and deft-characterization found in a literary novel. The book is bri...

  • K.D. Absolutely

    Bakerfield, California. Jimmy Luntz works for Gambol who in turn works for Juarez. Luntz loves a beautiful alcoholic Indian girl called Anita Desilvera. They are all petty thieves. One time, they got ...

  • Adam

    If this was written by Graham Greene it would have been subtitled an “entertainment”. Johnson has used noir tropes before but never purely for the purpose of creating this much malicious fun. A bl...

  • Andy Weston

    This has a very powerful opening chapter and continues to be action-packed and thrilling throughout. Johnson's novel concerns Jimmy Luntz, and is as fine an example of American noir as I can think of,...

  • Taylor

    Original review: If I was grading this on the scale that I apply to a lot of books, I might give it something closer to a three. But the thing is, I don't think there's an easy way to have a scale tha...

  • Jason Pettus

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)A...

  • Ed

    I enjoyed reading this short, stylish noir first serialized in PLAYBOY. The dialogue, while snappy and pointed, is sometimes hard to follow, or maybe I was just too sleepy. For some reason, the openin...