Book reviews, Crime thriller

Nobody Move by Philip Elliott

PUBLISHERS BLURB

“like Tarantino on the page . . . rushes at you from page one.” —Dietrich Kalteis, award-winning author of RIDE THE LIGHTNING

Eddie Vegas made a terrible mistake. Now he has to pay the price. After a botched debt collection turned double murder, Eddie splits, desperate to avoid his employer, notorious L.A. crime boss Saul Benedict, and his men (and Eddie’s ex-partners), Floyd and Sawyer, as well as the police. Soon he becomes entangled with the clever and beautiful Dakota, a Native American woman fresh in the City of Angels to find her missing friend—someone Eddie might know something about. Meanwhile in Texas, ex-assassin Rufus, seeking vengeance for his murdered brother, takes up his beloved daggers one final time and begins the long drive to L.A. When the bodies begin to mount, Detective Alison Lockley’s hunt for the killers becomes increasingly urgent. As paths cross, confusion ensues, and no one’s entirely sure who’s after who. But one thing is clear: They’re not all getting out of this alive.

As much a love letter to neo-noir cinema and L.A. as it is satire, the first book in the Angel City novels is a lightning-speed crime thriller equal parts Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.

“could have been written during the heyday of noir novels . . . However, assuming [Elliott’s] style is simply cribbing from the past would be a mistake. He proves exceptionally adept at developing his own brand of intensely violent suspense and meticulously executed action sequences; plus, he treats the women in his tale with the strength and self-respect contemporary mores reflect. Elliott is an insightful writer honoring the past with a jet-fueled tale of the present. His novel is sharp, stylish, and well-written. It makes reading fun again.” —US REVIEW OF BOOKS (recommended review)

“Elliott has a gift for upholding momentum that never slows. The characterization is great, but it’s the high-octane action and a horde of twists along with tight plotting that make the book a winner.” —THE PRAIRIES BOOK REVIEW

“satire at its best . . . a shout out to some of the best pulp movies and the best crime stories ever . . . Be prepared not to take a breath” —READERS’ FAVORIT

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MY REVIEW

Philip Elliott’s Nobody Move Is pulp fiction at its best…..

It starts with Eddie and Floyd’s visit to Bill….a Texan who owes the Boss 50Gs…..but it ends with a double murder and so the mayhem begins….with some great, laugh out loud moments and genius one-liners….

A hugely entertaining, crime and violence filled car crash of a novel….brilliant.

Thanks to Alexandra Scott of Into The Void magazine for a copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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