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A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones
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Jul 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, october-reading, psychos

The story starts off with a bang literally! A man in the wilderness stalking his prey and it’s not even hunting season! Somethings not right. Visceral and fully loaded with tension, hooks you in and does not let go.
With a dead girl, missing money and more dead to come in the balance the author takes you through seven days of hell with the main protagonist John Moon as the leading role. Fate will play it’s role. Edge of your seat page-turning with some wonderful writing. I can’t find fault in this thrill read.
John is not quite 100% all there, i seem to understand from the story that he is having some psychological problems. He at one point cooks rattlesnake strip steak, yes that’s right rattlesnake that’s new to me as a meal.
A good man at the core faced with a guilt that would not leave him. The protagonist finds himself in possession of quite alot of money and someone wants it, that money brings hope to the protagonists life of winning back his wife, who he is obsessed with. She does not want to be part of his life anymore and with a young child in the balance he just does not want to let go.
Written in the vein of Jim Thompson and recently a novel i loved, with a similar pace and brutality, book:The Devil All the Time|10108463].
Within these pages you will find examples of the most brutal and grittiest sentences. The author does not waste any page as it is a gripping read from beginning to the end. Must warn you that there are a few passages of sexual explicit content.
“His small, simple world has turned ambiguously sinister. Heads have two faces, one visible, one not. Words, though spoken in proper linguistic form, don’t mean what they ought to. From one moment to the next, nothing in this upside-down world is static. Even voices dichotomise, their bifurcating sounds clouding his thoughts, sending his mind reeling first down one oath, then down another. Who can be trusted in this world? Humanity itself- the whole great mass- is mutable. John feels Ill equipped to deal with it.”

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Reading Progress

July 10, 2011 – Shelved
October 11, 2011 – Started Reading
October 11, 2011 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller
October 11, 2011 – Shelved as: october-reading
October 11, 2011 –
page 60
October 11, 2011 –
page 61
22.43% "Story starts of with a bang literally! A man in the wilderness stalking his prey and it's not even hunting season somethings not right! Visceral and fully loaded with tension, hooks you in and does not let go. Jim Thompson like and more recently Duane.s writer of Hell and Gone."
October 11, 2011 –
page 100
36.76% "When violence starts knocking in your families door all hell is unleashed. Getting better it's gritty and nasty."
October 12, 2011 – Shelved as: psychos
October 12, 2011 – Finished Reading

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