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  • Mulholland Books

A Single Shot

Matthew F. Jones

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

A gritty and compelling US noir in the vein of Cormac McCarthy, publishing for the first time in the UK as a Mulholland classic crime novel.

Anyone's life can change in an instant. In Matthew F. Jones's acclaimed novel, one man's world is overturned with a single shot.

Trespassing on what was once his family's land, John Moon hears a rustle in the brush and fires. But instead of the deer he was expecting, he finds the body of a young woman, killed by his stray bullet. A terrible dilemma is made worse when he stumbles upon her campground - and the piles of drugs and money concealed there.

Moon makes his choice: he hides the corpse, and takes the cash. His decision will have consequences he can neither predict or control.

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Praise for A Single Shot

  • A backwoods drama that is part Crime and Punishment, part Deliverance, and all white-knuckled packs a helluva punch - People

  • A harrowing literary thriller...a powerful blend of love and violence, of the grotesque and the tender. - New York Times Book Review

  • A terrific can hardly breathe while you're reading this book....his crisis evokes every palm-sweating, heart-stopping, seemingly undoable mistake you've ever made - Los Angeles Times

  • A harrowing, high-voltage thriller...A gritty, claustrophobic blend of Jim Thompson and James Dickey. - Publishers Weekly

  • Jones owns a fine writer's eye for the kind of details that matter. - Washington Post

  • Breathtakingly good...With a supreme sense of place and marvellously drawn characters, especially Moon, there's that sense of destiny and despair that haunts the finest noir, including, of course, James M Cain's majestic The Postman Always Rings Twice. The comparison is entirely apt. - Daily Mail

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Matthew F. Jones

Matthew F. Jones is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Boot Tracks, Deepwater, The Elements of Hitting, Blind Pursuit and The Cooter Farm, as well as a number of screenplays, including adaptations of A SINGLE SHOT and Boot Tracks, both which are being filmed in 2011. Deepwater was made into a film in 2005. He grew up in rural upstate New York and now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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