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Shoot The Moon Hardcover – Jul 1 2004

3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (July 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446529001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446529006
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,851,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A man's desperate search for his identity drives this riveting offering from the author of best-sellers Where the Heart Is (1995) and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (1998). No one in sleepy DeClare, Oklahoma, has forgotten the 1972 murder of pretty Cherokee Gaylene Harjo and the abduction of her infant son, Nicky Jack. Hard-nosed deputy sheriff Oliver "O Boy" Daniels pinned the blame on local preacher Joe Dawson, but few in town believed the kindly Joe was capable of such an act. Powerful emotions resurface 30 years later, when Nicky Jack, adopted and raised by a rich couple in Beverly Hills, mysteriously reappears, determined to learn about his mother and the circumstances surrounding her death. Veteran short-story writer Letts peppers her prose with a cast of quirky characters, including a quartet of nosy, domino-playing senior citizens and a perky pool-hall owner who bakes peanut-butter pies. Readers of Sue Miller and Wally Lamb are sure to embrace this memorable tale of love, loss, humanity, and hope. Allison Block
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"Billie Letts has a fresh and engaging voice." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This book was quite different from Billie Letts previous novels. On the surface was a mystery about a man who finds out he was adopted many years before and goes looking for his birth parents. This quest leads him to a town in Oklahoma with interesting and quirky characters, a hallmark of Billie Letts previous books. But if this was the surface the book really delves into how an act years before affects people years later and how these same people can help others to become whole again and allow them to take new chances in life.
Although I thought I was disappointed while I was reading this book, by the end I did realize how much I enjoyed many of the characters which included Teeve Harjo, the owner of the local pool hall, Kyle Leander, a man with a difficult past which included drugs and emotional breakdowns, Kippy, a man with Downs Syndrome who loves to fish, Ivy Harjo, a pregnant woman who is accustomed to roaming the country, never willing to settle down but most of all Nicky Harjo, who is looking for his parents but finds families come in all sorts of packages.
I do advise you if you're going to read this book and have read Where the Heart Is and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, to approach this book with an open mind. While it isn't exactly the same as Letts' other books, there is enough here to keep any reader interested and in some parts the reason I loved her first two books also comes shining through in this one too.
Rating B+
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In 1972 DeClare, Oklahoma, eighteen-year-old Gaylene Harjo was stabbed to death in her trailer and her month old son Nicky Jack disappeared. For weeks the town was looking for him but the only trace of him were the pajama bottoms near the creek. The sheriff O Boy Daniels arrested someone for the murder of Gaylene and her son but many people thought he went after the wrong man, who died in prison.
Almost thirty years later wealthy Hollywood veterinarian Dr. Mark Albright checks into the motel in DeClare and hooks up with Teeve Harjo. He tells her he found out three weeks ago that he was adopted and his birth mother was Gaylene. He did not know that she was killed and he was presumed dead. He seeks information about his mother, his biological father and who transported him to California to be adopted. Instead he is shot at and jailed while a person is murdered, another commits suicide, and a third arrested, convicted and is sentenced to death row.
SHOOT THE MOON is more than a murder mystery; it is the story of one man's need for answers surrounding the circumstances of his birth and adoption. Readers get to know Gaylene through the pages of her diary, the entries of which are sprinkled throughout Billie Lett's latest blockbuster novel. The murder of Nick Jack's mother affected the whole community in different ways and three decades later, many of them are still living with the consequences in this exciting, heartwarming and poignant thriller.
Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on July 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read and enjoyed Billie Letts' first two books, I looked forward to her third book. However, I was disappointed. Well-drawn and often quirky characters that she had drawn in her other two books were not present. Plot revelations arrived without drama, and in anticlimactic fashion. The principal character's quest throughout the tale to identify his father, and the murderer of his mother, ended in such a dull fashion that I actually didn't care. I came away from the reading of this book with an overall impression that the author's main objective was not to tell a good story with intriguing characters, but to espouse her own worldview.
If you champion political correct-ness, mulitculturalism, diversity, feminism, and relativism, then you very well may enjoy this book.
If you have a Christian worldview, you will not.
Enjoy well-written fiction with colorful, endearing characters? Do you like a book that draws you in, that refreshes, and is soul-satisfying? Then may I heartily recommend to you the books written by Fannie Flagg, Michael C. West, and Jan Karon.
Finally, if you do choose to read "Shoot the Moon", be sure to read Billie Lett's novel "Where the Heart Is", if you haven't already. The difference in quality between the two is striking.
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book may not be quite up to the standard set by the author is her runaway bestseller, "Where the Heart Is", but, then again, few books are. Still, it is a book that is able to stand on its own merits. It has it own set of quirky characters, as well as an intriguing storyline.

When Dr. Mark Albright, a wealthy Hollywood veterinarian, discovers that he is adopted, he goes in search of his roots, a search that takes him to DeClare, a scraggly dustbowl town in Oklahoma. There, knowing only that he was born Nicodemus (Nicky) Jack Harjo to a woman named Gaylene Harjo, he discovers his roots and, in the process, unravels a murder mystery that is over three decades old.

In doing so, however, he uncovers secrets that some in that Oklahoma community are determined to keep buried, leading to new acts of violence. Still, Dr. Albright perseveres, discovering many things about himself in the process and setting right what has gone wrong in the past.

This is a well-written book, laden with thematically complex issues but without much of the charm of "Where the Heart Is". Therein lies the rub. You simply do not care all that much about the main characters, making it merely a good book, rather than a great one. Still, fans of the author will find it a worthwhile, though not so compelling, book to read.
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