Verdict: NOBODY MOVE is a fast-paced crime thriller packed with a big cast of chillingly delicious evil characters. And while the who-done-its may be fairly obvious, there's still a lot of fun to be had along the way.
NOBODY MOVE by Philip Elliott is a book geared-up for excitement. The main character, Eddie Vegas, a killer himself, meets a Native American woman, Dakota, whose sister he has shot and killed, in a botched attempt to make a drug dealer pay a $50,000 debt to a weirdo crime boss, Saul Benedict.
The reader follows Eddie as he runs from Benedict and his evil henchmen, all the while becoming enamored of Dakota, who is unaware Eddie has murdered her sister, Kaya. The plot thickens as a real-life devil, Rufus, searches for Eddie, for killing his drug-dealing brother, Bill, who was murdered at the same time and in the same house as Kaya, who was a strip dancer who had been living with Bill in a fancy house in Los Angeles, where most all of the action takes place.
Meanwhile, crime-fighting detective, Alison Lockley, is chasing Eddie, and everybody else, to the point where it may become hard for readers to keep track of what everybody did to everyone else, and when. The plot keeps moving, but the who-done-it is obvious before readers are actually told who-did.
Some of the scenes are not believable. Det. Lockley allows Dakota to run off with $1 million in cash that Eddie and his pals robbed from a bank. Dakota is permitted to escape with the money immediately after an end-of-story shootout between Lockley, some other cops, and Eddie, who is trying at this point to help the police. The reason? Lockley feels sorry about the murder of Kaya.
The last the reader sees of Eddie, he is practicing lines from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, at San Quentin prison, in preparation for a play. Bad guys can turn good, but playing Shakespeare does not seem to fit Eddie’s character.
Nevertheless, NOBODY MOVE is fast-paced and chock full of interesting characters who the reader will love to hate. It makes for a good read, as long as readers are able to get past (or ignore) what is not believable, and not care if they to know who-done-it, well before the author lays it out.
NOBODY MOVE is a fast-paced crime thriller packed with a big cast of chillingly delicious evil characters. And while the who-done-its may be fairly obvious, there’s still a lot of fun to be had along the way.
~James Bernstein for IndieReader