Nobody Move-the latest novel from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author ofTree of SmokeandJesus' Son-is a sly, suspenseful thriller set on the American west coast.
Jimmy Luntz has fallen behind on his gambling debts. A small-time crook from Bakersfield, California, he isn't too worried, until Ernst Gambol comes to collect. When Jimmy runs-and he does-a dangerous game of cat and mouse pits him against both Gambol and his vindictive boss, Juarez. The more Jimmy tries to escape, the more desperate he becomes . . . and then he meets Anita. A tough con artist who's been accused of embezzling a couple million dollars, Anita claims she doesn't have the money but she knows how to find it and she wants Jimmy to help her. With Gambol at his heels, Jimmy joins forces with Anita, and the pair embarks on a tense, exhilarating journey to cash in and stay alive.
Nobody Move, which first appeared as a serial in the pages ofPlayboy, is an homage to American noir and an unnerving exploration of desperation and violence. Sexy, suspenseful and touched with dark humour, Johnson's latest novel shows a great writer at his versatile best.
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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).
Denis Johnson is the author of six novels, a collection of poetry and a book of reportage. His novelTree of Smokewas the 2007 winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in northern Idaho.
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Book Description Harpercollins Canada, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1554684250