Title: Nobody Move
Author: Philip Elliott
Series: Angel City # 1
Date of Publication: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Into the Void
When Eddie Vegas is sent to shake down a man who owes a lot of money to his employer, he makes a fatal error and ends up accidentally killing the guy. Since Eddie’s boss now holds him personally responsible for repaying the $50,000, he takes off. Now, not only is Eddie on the run from his former boss and partners in crime, but the man he killed had allies that are out for blood. His blood.
Nobody Move is a rocket-fast paced black-comedy thriller that I finished in just an evening. It’s one of the books where I kept looking at the clock and saying “All right, I’ll read one more chapter”, and before I knew it, it was past my bedtime and I’d finished the book.
This novel reads like a noir thriller, particularly in the beginning. Philip Elliott frequently references the movies that clearly inspired his style, like Pulp Fiction and the Godfather. That said, I did get the feeling he was referencing movies a little too often. It was humorous, however, that the bad guys were getting ideas for how to handle situations based on the movies they’d seen. The book itself, including its plot and the way that Eddie keeps making foolish mistakes, reminds me a lot of the movie Fargo. For example, some of the shadier characters tell little colourful anecdotes throughout the novel. These little stories often have a hidden (or blatantly obvious) relevance to what’s going on and how the rest of the story will unfold.