Shoot the Moon

Shoot the Moon

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Overview

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts, Lou Diamond Phillips

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Where the Heart Is comes this eagerly anticipated tale of a small Oklahoma town and the mystery that has haunted its residents for years.

In 1972, the tiny windswept town of DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the terrifying disappearance of Nicky Jack Harjo. When he was no more than a baby, his pajama bottoms were found on the banks of Willow Creek. Nearly 30 years later, Nicky mysteriously returns in this intriguing and delightfully hypnotic tale, full of the authentic heartland characters that Billie Letts writes about so beautifully.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586216658
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Edition description: Abridged, 4 Cassettes, 6 Hrs.
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Billie Letts was the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Where the Heart Is, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, Shoot the Moon, and Made in the U.S.A. A native Oklahoman, she died in 2014.

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Shoot the Moon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
nprfan1 More than 1 year ago
I've read several of Ms Letts' novels and have loved each and every one of them. Her characters were a tad on the eccentric side and her writing made me care about all of them.

Her newest novel, though, is somewhat different. In the first place, though it doesn't quite fall in the genre, it could easily be termed a mystery - something I wasn't prepared for when I picked up this book. In the second place, at least one, possibly two, of the characters in "Shoot the Moon" is a definite SOB - O Boy Daniels, the local sheriff; and Arthur McFadden, his half-brother and owner of the local radio station.

The plot in and of itself is nothing to write home about. Mark Albright, a Hollywood veterinarian, discovers after his parents deaths that he was adopted and manages to trace his roots back to DeClare, Oklahoma. He travels to DeClare to find out about his biological parents and winds up in the middle of a small-town drama. Turns out his mother was killed when he was a baby, and until he showed up the town thought he was dead too.

The rest of the book concerns Mark's search for himself (as Mark Albright and as Nicky Jack Harjo, the name he was born with), for his parents, and for the killer of his mother. Along the way we meet and get to know several interesting characters, on both sides of the moral fence - the aforementioned sheriff and radio station owner; Teeve Harjo, owner of the local mom-and-pop store and her pregnant daughter Ivy; and Hap Duchamp, local lawyer and Matt Donaldson, the local fire chief - the unlikeliest couple, gay or straight, that you will ever run across.

The only fault I can find with this story is that Letts didn't give full descriptions of her characters until the story was well under way. It took me a while to realize that Mark and his biological mother were Native Americans, which turns out to be central to the plot. But once that confusion was cleared up it turns out that "Shoot the Moon" is a wonderful small-town mystery by someone who, it seems, could write another one if she wanted to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed after first reading Where the Heart Is and Honk and Holler. I loved her first two books but Shoot the Moon doesn't even come close.The characters were not as interesting and the ending was just boring.I was sorry to finish the first two and happy to be done with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was disappointing. I loved Where the Heart Is and enjoyed Honk & Holler Opening Soon, but Shoot the Moon was a let-down. Not at all up to the standard Letts set with her previous two books. I wasn't enjoying this from the start but stuck with it based on the other books. I should have given up sooner. The characters weren't that likable and in the end, when the truth came out, I wasn't shocked nor did I really care. Something that really bothered me was how the characters dealt with another character's choice to put her baby up for adoption. They acted as if adoption is never a good idea. Sometimes, adoption is the only good choice a woman can make for an unplanned pregnancy. I know a lot of people who were adopted as infants or children and in nearly every case, it was a wonderful thing. Esp. now that the birth mother can choose the family who will adopt her baby. This just topped off my already growing dislike for the story. I'm really glad I borrowed this from the library instead of buying a copy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very moving.
joansea More than 1 year ago
Not only is it a good story but it's very well written. Although somewhat predictable, I read it in a couple of days (ok stayed up til the wee hours of each morning) so enthralled by what the outcome would be. Not what you'd expect!
Ski-Bray More than 1 year ago
A Great Oklahoma Tale I chose this book because it was once a #1 New York Times Bestseller and because the author, Billie Letts, is an Oklahoman. Being an Okie author myself, I wanted to get a feel for what it takes to be a New York Times Bestseller. Shoot the Moon was an enjoyable read. It was easy to get into the story, was a quick page-turner, and had some unexpected twists and turns. The story begins when Mark Albright, an upscale Hollywood veterinarian, learns that he is adopted and returns to Oklahoma to discover his roots. When he gets to DeClare, Oklahoma, he is shocked to find that his mother had been murdered some thirty years earlier. At the time it was presumed that her ten-month-old baby had also been murdered even though the baby’s body had never been found. He believes he is this baby. It is an unsolved crime that Albright is determined to solve. He is also intent on learning who his biological father is. Some in DeClare, however, are not happy to see him return and do not want this crime reinvestigated. Lett’s description of life in small-town Oklahoma seemed authentic and her characters were well drawn. I thought the racial prejudice regarding Indians in the late sixties was exaggerated. Growing up in Oklahoma, I didn’t feel there was much racial tension between Indians and whites. Of course, your perception of how much prejudice exists is a very personal experience depending on your viewpoint. I grew up near a town that had a military base, and different races and religions were more easily accepted. If I had lived in a different part of Oklahoma, perhaps I would have been more aware of this prejudice. I do know that there was a prejudice against Indians in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but I didn’t think it still existed in the sixties and seventies. One incident in the story that caught my attention was when Albright was shot in the leg and the bullet goes completely through his leg. As Lett’s describes it, “it didn’t involve bone, artery or nerve. Even missed muscle.” I think most would find it hard to believe that a bullet could go completely through a person’s thigh and not hit anything unless that person were quite obese, and Albight is described as being slender. Also, Albright, a veterinarian seemed quite unschooled in some of the basics of medicine. For example he seems to have very little knowledge of blood types and DNA tests. I think most of us by junior high school have already learned something of blood typing. The diary inserts were a stroke of writing genius on Lett’s part. Through these pages scattered throughout the book, you gradually get to know the private thoughts and feelings of Albight’s murdered teenage mother. The ending of the book came across as being rushed. It seemed as if Lett’s was in a hurry to tie up all of the loose ends and get on to her next book. I wish that we could give half stars. My actual rating for this book is 4 ½ stars because of this rushed ending, which also seemed a little too contrived as it tied up all the loose ends. I enjoyed the book - a recommended read that includes romance, mystery, action, and gives the reader a true-to-life feeling of small town Oklahoma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is really strong in the beginning and has some turns you don't expect but has parts that drag and made me not sure I even wanted to finish the book. I finally did finish it but it ended strange
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
This book is an interesting story, and I really enjoyed Ms. Letts writing style. Everything was described so well and I never felt that I was missing something. But I also never felt that there was too much detail and that it got boring at points; Ms. Letts found the perfect balance in her descriptions. When you start reading this, you immediately love Nicky Jack. He doesn't really know anything about his family and as he learns, you can see how much he wishes to have known them longer. The little bit of romance shocked me at first, as I'm sure it will for other readers. However, then I began rooting for them and I hoped the story would go a little more into detail about their relationship (but thats probably just the part of me that loves romance stories). The book centers on Nicky Jack trying to find out what happened to his mother almost 30 years ago. The story plays out in a very interesting fashion. I never saw the end coming; it keeps you guessing until the very last pages. It really breaks your heart when you find out what happened and why; but I guess that's what makes it such a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great book from Billie Letts.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/Abridged/Mystery: I really liked this book. It's about a 30 year old murder of a mother and her son missing and presumed dead. Only when a Beverly Hills veterinarian comes to town to find his birth parents, only to find he is the missing son. There were great characters, great plot lines. The narrator is Lou Diamond Phillips and he did a wonderful job with the voices and reading. I don't think I could have handled unabridged. As it was, I had to take the CD out of my car and listen to it on my computer at work! I had to know who the murderer was. I definitely recommend it.
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Good story, could have called most of the ending early on.
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Lu-La-Bell More than 1 year ago
I read this great lil' book in one sitting.....You won't be disappointed. I absolutely loved this book! Not only a good little mystery, but heartwarming too.
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Andrea Baughn More than 1 year ago
I got to the point where I couldnt put it down. I had to find out who the killer was and what happened to everyone in the book.
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