Nobody Move

Fiction - Crime
315 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2019
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Author Biography

Philip Elliott is an award-winning author, freelance editor, and founder and editor-in-chief of award-winning literary journal and small press publisher Into the Void. He was a National Juror of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Press Chapbook Prize for the short story collection HUNGER & HALLELUJAHS. In 2018, Ghost City Press published his experimental poetry chapbook, THE IMPENDING HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE & OTHER THINGS THAT STOP ME FROM CARING. His writing has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A music and film obsessive, Philip lives in Toronto with his wife and their spoiled pug.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Nobody Move by Philip Elliott is a great crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Eddie Vegas has done something terrible; a debt collection went wrong and turned into a double murder and now Eddie has to pay the price. On the run from crime boss Saul Benedict and his henchmen, Floyd and Sawyer (once Eddie’s partners), Eddie meets Dakota. She’s come to the city to find her sister, someone that Eddie must have known. Rufus is an ex-assassin from Texas, and he wants revenge for the death of his brother. He travels to LA with his daggers and the bodies start to pile up. Alison Lockley is the detective in charge and she needs to find the killers quickly. Confusion is the order of the day as everybody crosses paths and nobody knows who is looking for whom. Will Eddie make it out alive? Does Dakota find her sister? And what happens when the truth finally comes out?

Nobody Move by Philip Elliott is a great read. This isn’t a straightforward crime story; this is satire at its best, it’s a shout out to some of the best pulp movies and the best crime stories ever. Be prepared not to take a breath – it gets off to a running start and just picks up the pace with each page, rushing headlong towards the end. A crime thriller it may be, but it has plenty of humor, plenty of oddball characters, some of whom you can't help but like, and plenty of action to keep you hooked. There is a lot of bad language, sexual scenes, violence, and some homophobic and racist language – not for those easily offended - but there is nothing here that doesn’t fit in perfectly with the story. Really looking forward to the next book in the series!