Title: Shoot the Moon
Author: Billie Letts
Publish Date: July 2005
Genre: Southern Literature, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 368 pages
In 1972, Gaylene Harjo was brutally murdered and her ten-month-old son Nicky Jack disappeared. The small town was frantic, searched for months, but they never found the child. Nearly thirty years later, Nicky Jack returns, only he calls himself Mark Albright, a veterinarian to the stars in Beverly Hills. He has come to search for his past. Initially, he only came to search for his mother, but after he learns of her murder, he begins searching for her killer.
Mark meets other members of his family along the way as well and together, they continue the search and eventually find out what really happened the night his mother was murdered. But along the way, things get a little bit muddled when he finds himself falling for his cousin (by marriage, no incest here!).
If you’ve ever read Billie Letts, this is a perfect example of her writing style. She does a great job of portraying a small Midwestern town and the people that inhabit it. She also does a great job mixing mystery and just a little bit of romance. She also writes well-defined characters that fit perfectly in the setting that she’s provided.
Overall, this was a good book. It was a very quick read, but overall a good book. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5.
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