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Que nadie se mueva

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  2,730 ratings  ·  513 reviews
Un jugador compulsivo que debe dinero a las personas equivocadas, un matón encargado de cobrar la pasta y darle una lección, una preciosidad en apuros que ahoga sus penas en tequila sunrise, dos millones de dólares y una persecución frenética por las llananuras del valle central de California.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Mondadori (first published 2009)
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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 Johnson, unless that'd mean I'd also have to dress like Denis Johnson, and start going around in the off-channel-quickly-canceled-nineties-cop-show style purple blazer he's wearing in his author's photo. In that case I guess I'll just go on writing like me, and live with the depressing and thoroughly unex ...more
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 a big haul from a bank: $2.5M. This book is about greed and who should get how much. Of course, there has to be someone to chase them so here comes Mary the army medic who has been hunting for Gambol since time immemorial.

Notice the names: Jimmy is the main protagonist and Jimmy is a "common name."
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 wholesome as they seem.

General observations: The jacket notes on this book gave me heartburn right off the bat:

"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
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 brief, maybe too brief(my ARC copy was 195 pages set in giant type with massive swathes of blank bordering) but maybe that’s a good thing after Johnson’s most recent door stop of a novel `Tree of Smoke’, a massive, tedious lunge at the great American Novel, that to me, failed miserably. `Nobody Moves’ ...more
Fun, quick, dirty---but don't mistake that for good or compelling. You definitely get a sense of Johnson slumming here. Well, maybe not slumming. How about channeling. Channeling testosterone. There's so much of it flowing through this noir diversion my back hair thickened before page 30. Because real men eat each other's testicles for lunch, see. They blow each other's melons open. The simple social graces are opportunities to cock-woggle. Ask a dude his name and he replies, "Fuck Off." Is that ...more
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 that applies to all books. I'm sure some people do. They have their criteria and they work from that, and maybe for all intents and purposes, that suits them just fine. For me, I'll admit, there's plenty that goes into that star rating up there, even if it seems that all I ever do is rate books a four ...more
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.
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

As heavy readers know, it's common for authors of big, giant, important, award-winning tomes to follow them up with something light and short, for a variety of reasons: as a literary 'cleanser,' to avoid burnout as a writer, to pre-deflate high audience expectations. But this turns out to be a real h
I think it's pretty awesome that a hugely acclaimed literary fiction writer opted to pay homage to the great American genre of the hardboiled crime novel, and not with any pomo-type spin or intent to subvert involved. But Nobody Move shows why this doesn't happen much, and shouldn't. Johnson knows how to write these sorts of characters, and he's got the dialogue exactly right. There's some pretty great writing here, fucking brilliant turns of phrase now and then. But Johnson doesn't have the gen ...more
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 black humored noir with outrageously great dialogue and little of Johnson’s druggy weirdness, deep rooted melancholy and poetic overload (though much of the writing is still beautiful). Fans of the Coen Brothers, and McCarthy and Pynchon recent decisions to write full throttled noir ( I wish more literary ...more
Tyler Jones
"Nobody Move" is the Denis Johnson novel I have been waiting for since "The Name of the World" came out nearly ten years ago. For most of the interviening decade Johnson toiled away to produce "Tree of Smoke", a long-winded and often directionless novel. Enough people confused its massiveness for merit to earn Tree of Smoke the National Book Award - an honor that might have more to do with finally giving Johnson the credit he deserves for earlier (and better) works like "Resuscitation of a Hange ...more
A lean little crime novel, that I'm giving 5 stars (genre rating). No big messages here (though I toyed with the idea that Johnson was saying something regarding Mercy, but then backed away from that, since such pondering messes with the mean fun of the novel). It is what it is. A cast of (well drawn) losers, all hooking for the big score. Not one ounce of fat, and great dialogue throughout. It reminded me a lot of a really good Leonard novel. Anita Desilvera is a great character (with some of t ...more
If I don't understand a book there may be several reasons for that. Normally I am too stupid to follow the story or I don't pay enough attention, drink too much while reading etc. But sometimes I can blame the book. This is one example for this rare experience. Johnson tries to tell a simple story in a way as complicated as possible. After ten pages I was convinced that Amazon cheated on me twice: Instead of a novel they sent me a screen-play and instead of a complete screen-play the sent me onl ...more
Jim Coughenour
This book's a bright disappointment, a Playboy pastiche of Elmore Leonard. It has sticky passages of hilarity, barbed dialogue as punctured as epigrams, and the usual motley minor misfits entangled by emotional aphasia and pluck. The plot's shot full of holes, sliding off the page like brainbits of a murdered lover, rolling into corners like severed testicles – and what remains by the end manages, after a few raw chortles, to strangle itself with its own colostomy bag.
3.5 stars.

I’ve never been a gambler. Even when I lived in California, basically a four-hour stone’s throw from Vegas, gambling has never appealed to me. Maybe because I’ve never had much money to throw away, or maybe because I never felt like I was so lacking something that it would necessitate that kind of risk. It also probably helps that I’m not much of a risk-taker in general, nor do I have an addictive personality. The thought of throwing money away in the hope of winning more money has nev
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 opening pages reminded me of Richard Brautigan's writing, especially the tone, but then the story settles into a wicked noir stoked with double-crosses, violence, and black humor.
Allan MacDonell
I’d seen Nobody Move—a palate-cleansing trifle (relatively speaking) from Denis Johnson—on bookstore shelves for around four years, and I consumed its 196 pages within half a day. The dark noir novel caters to an appetite for violence of the bloody style committed with caustic verbal flair in a skeeve-screw-skeeve kind of world. Nobody Move won’t strike the chords of existential dread ringing out from Angels; its environment is not the deeply rendered and disturbed alternative Eden of Already De ...more
While the experts may claim there is no such thing as a perfect crime, Nobody Move is a perfect crime novel - full of moral mazes, messy murders, and topped with a dark and drunken femme fatale. Perhaps the most exciting element is Johnson's subtle and continuous probing into the inner depths of his characters - a significant plot point all too often dropped by strength of the inherent limits of the genre. The sentence-by-sentence quality of his words is unrelenting. And, since this is Denis Joh ...more
After the epic, messy sprawl of his last book, the ambitious yet uneven Vietnam novel Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson returns to the spare leanness of his best work with this deliberately minor key modern noir. Like my three favorite Johnson books (Angels, Jesus' Son, and Already Dead: A California Gothic), this one is about unsavory characters and societal outcasts getting into trouble. Nobody Move is at once a modern updating of '40s hardboiled crime fiction with nods to Chandler and Hammett and ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Coen brothers / film noir
Recommended to Brittany by: Harper C
How I Came To Read This Book: Harper Collins sent it to me woo.

The Plot: Jimmy Luntz is a grifter whose bad luck catches up with him when a man named Gambol shows up to collect on Luntz's gambling debts. Rather than take things lying down, Luntz ends up shooting Gambol and leaving him for dead - and soon it's a high-octane game of cat and mouse with Luntz on the run (with a sexy con artist in tow) and the mafia at his heels.

The Good & The Bad: I can't call this book mass market or literary
Of Johnson's work, Jesus' Son is my favorite and Nobody Move is my most recent. I'll have to read a second time to confirm my suspicion that Johnson's humor is bone-deep as is his love for loser protagonists. They come out equal parts do-gooder and total fuck-up.

This book comes off as a quick and dirty assignment, something to play at, after years of toil on Tree of Smoke. And I'm still trying to figure its introductory remarks on war.

Anyway, there are plenty of lines to love in Nobody Move. Her
Jason Coleman
Serialized last year in Playboy, this crime novella serves little obvious purpose beyond letting Johnson have some fun after the long slog that was Tree of Smoke. Aside from the occasional sublime sentence here and there, there's little to distinguish the early parts from your typical Elmore Leonard knockoff. But then the damn thing starts to gain steam, growing weirder, scarier, and Johnson starts hitting some of those uncanny notes of his. In short, not bad for a lark. [Note to our younger rea ...more
Tex Tourais
It's a lot of fun, and it feels like he had fun writing it; I devoured it. And, as an added bonus, it has that Johnson prose I've come to know and love. For example: "The crescent moon lay overhead, and on such a nigh the river's swollen surface resembled the unquiet belly of a living thing you could step onto and walk across." And this about a guy with a bullet in his leg: "A doorbell rang. Voices spoke in another world, where people had thoughts worth voicing. Laughter. Silence. She came to hi ...more
read this in two days- a perfect noir- did he write this to make a bunch of dough from a screenplay? denis johnson's tender touch with language and the exstatic moments of human consciousness (sickness, near-death, sex, exhaustion, adrenaline, etc), but packed into a shoot-em-up genre-convention.
Esteban del Mal
The story starts with a kidnapping in Bakersfield by a big guy named Ernie. He's mean and gets the girl. (Just not the way you'd like.) I'm tired of being stereotyped.
Ever since I stumbled across Johnson on a list of Chuck Palaniuk's favorite authors & I read Jesus' Son, I've been a fan, mostly and almost entirely because of his writing style, those angry propulsive sentences and that terse and completely believeable dialog among the losers that star in his stories. These are drunks, addicts, lower-middle class folk stuck in lives they want to escape but can't quite figure out how to. In Tree of Smoke he mixed in a few officers and relief workers because ...more
Denis Johnson's "Nobody Move," set in the depressed burgs of Northern California, is a moody homage to the works of Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, and James M. Cain.. All of Johnson's characters are losers of one sort or another: Jimmy Luntz, a middle-aged nobody with a serious gambling debt; Juarez, Jimmy's creditor, a small-time crook who has assumed a false name and accent to conceal the fact that he is actually from the Middle East; Gambol, Juarez's lumbering "enforcer" who is sent to co ...more
Great opening to a fun book: Pre-performance jitters in a male chorus. The character imagines it is a taste of what being in a battle is like.

The last Johnson book I tried to read was 'Fiskadoro', I could not finish it. This made me very gloomy, because I believe in Johnson. But science fiction is not an area where he is gifted, even though I know that book has many fans.

He has a gift for describing a certain faction of America. The only way I can think to describe this faction is tattered, inte
I can't really buy this as Leonard-derivative unless being a sterling example of the comic crime novel renders it so by default. When the requisite hit man finds himself staring at the "purple lipless exploded mouth" in his skin or feeling his head "nodding forward and [riding] a Ferris wheel down into violent cartoons," you'll know it's DJ, and it's clearly his beyond the punchy sentences—the sexual ambiguity on display, like the stunted erotics of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and prolonged th ...more
Susan Swartwout
So far, so good. Opening line: "Jimmy Luntz had never been to war, but this was the sensation, he was sure of that--eighteen guys in a room. . ." Turns out, they're the Alhambra California Beachcomber Chordsmen, a barbershop group that comes in 17th out of 20 in the choral competition, which is immediately followed by Jimmy's getting hauled off in a copper-colored Cadillac by a henchman who must break Jimmy's leg for not paying a debt, but Jimmy shoots him in the leg instead and escapes for---wh ...more
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Poet, playwright and author Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He holds a masters' degree from the University of Iowa and has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction (1993), a Whiting Writer's Award (1986), the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, ...more
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