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Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

Shoot the Moon was the first audiobook I have used.  I started out listening to it with friends on a long road trip to Maine.  We weren’t able to finish it, but the story was alluring enough to check out the book itself and read the rest.

10 month old Nicky Jack Harjo disappears in 1972 on the night his mother is murdered.  Presumably he was killed as well, or taken – the only evidence of his existence is a pair of pajama pants tossed next to a creek.  Needless to say, it’s major news in the small town of DeClare, Oklahoma.

Flash forward almost thirty years, when the town is holding its struggling own against big box retail.  A young veterinarian from Los Angeles arrives, asking too many questions for some to appear comfortable.  Eventually, he warms up to some of the locals, but raises the ire of the local sheriff, who is not the nicest person in this neck of the woods.

Who is the young stranger, and whose dirt will he reveal?  Oh the conundrum!  There’s a lively yet droll pace to Shoot the Moon.  The down home characters add to the charm, and there is enough of a sinister element to drive the story into a page turner’s bliss.  The book is interspersed with diary entries from a teenage girl who calls herself Spider Woman.  At first, these entries can be slightly confusing, but once the tale gets rollicking, they come into play and add to the tension of the story.

The book also provides brief but interesting tidbits about the Cherokees in Oklahoma.  It’s my first introduction to Billie Letts, and from this one, she might just warrant another read.  Just have to whittle down the stack of books I already have…

(William Hicks, Information Services)


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