Nobody Move by Denis Johnson
A Novel

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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.


 

About Denis Johnson

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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.
 
Published April 27, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 204 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When the corrupt judge appears, Johnson writes, “Even in his wheelchair the man gave an impression of height, some of it established by his coiffure — brilliant, silver-white, layered like a toupee, which plainly it wasn’t, as Gambol had his fingers tangled in it, pulling the man’s head backward ...

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The Guardian

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After the 2007 publication of Tree of Smoke, his stupendous 600-page Vietnam war epic, Denis Johnson might well have wanted to kick back and let off some steam.

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Early on in the novel, Luntz tunes his car radio and settles on a Jamaican song where “somebody sang, ‘Nobody move, nobody get hurt…’” In Johnson’s novel, everyone moves, everyone gets hurt, yet no one seems to get anywhere.

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The Washington Post

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.

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The Telegraph

Denis Johnson won the US National Book Award in 2007 for Tree of Smoke, a massive, sprawling, in many ways wonderful if uneven novel, set during and after the Vietnam War, examining what that war did to (white, male) Americans, and to America.

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The Telegraph

“So right in that shopping bag is everything you own.” “Everything I need.” Or Luntz’s dame will ask, “Do you always talk about people like they’re invisible?” and Luntz tosses back, “Usually just women.” Luntz isn’t a very hard man (though he will learn).

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Open Letters Monthly

On the heels of the hefty National Book Award winner Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson has written Nobody Move, a slim noir novel sporting lowbrow characters with low-rent names.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

When her watch said ten minutes till noon she made her way to the washroom and got her face back together and ran a brush through her hair and went out to the glaring street.

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About.com Bestsellers

when the story starts to boil, it's too much too late.While there's not much of a hero, Jimmy Luntz peaks some interest, but not enough.Description'Nobody Move' was released in April 2009.Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux196 PagesGuide Review - 'Nobody Move' by Denis Johnson - Book ReviewThe A...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Poet, playwright, and novelist Denis Johnson won the National Book Award for his expansive, bold epic of the Vietnam War, Tree of Smoke ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection Nov/Dec 2007).

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Chamber Four

With Nobody Move Denis Johnson joins the growing league of literary writers trying their hands at genre writing for fun and profit, and garnering remarkable success for their efforts.

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Oprah.com

In 2007 Denis Johnson won the National Book Award for his sweeping novel of Vietnam, Tree of Smoke.

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