IF A CRIME OCCURS IN THE WOODS AND NOBODY SEES, HAS IT REALLY HAPPENED?
After the loss of his family farm, John Moon is a desperate man. A master hunter, his ability to poach game in-season or out is the only thing that stands between him and the soup kitchen line. Until Moon trespasses on the wrong land, hears a rustle in the brush, and fires a single fateful shot.
Following the bloody trail, he comes upon a shocking scene: an illegal, deep woods campground filled with drugs, bundles of cash and the body of a dead young woman, killed by Moon’s stray bullet.
Faced with an ultimate dilemma, Moon has to make a choice: does he take the money and ignore his responsibility for the girl’s death? Or confess?
But before he has a chance to decide, Moon finds himself on the run, pursued by those who think the money is theirs. Men who don’t care about right and wrong and who want only one thing from John Moon: his body, face down in a ditch.
Matthew F. Jones’ A Single Shot is a rare, visionary thriller reminiscent of the work of Tom Franklin, Ron Rash, Daniel Woodrell, and Cormac McCarthy.
Matthew F. Jones is also the author of the novels Boot Tracks, Deepwater, Blind Pursuit, The Elements of Hitting, and The Cooter Farm. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Praise for A SINGLE SHOT:
“A backwoods drama that is part Crime and Punishment, part Deliverance, and all white-knuckled suspense….it packs a helluva punch.”—People
“A complex crime drama . . . with an exciting climax that is truly shocking … A harrowing literary thriller….a powerful blend of love and violence, of the grotesque and the tender.”—The New York Times
“A terrific novel….you 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