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In 1972, the town of DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the terrifying murder of Gaylene Harjo and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottoms were found on the banks of Willow Creek, everyone feared Nicky Jack was dead, although his body was never found.

Nearly 30 years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare. His sudden reappearance will stun the people of DeClare and stir up long-buried emotions and memories. But what Nicky Jack discovers among the people who remember the night he vanished is far more than he, or anyone, bargains for. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, desperate love, and a shocking act with repercussions that will cry out for justice...and redemption.

Full of the authentic heartland characters that Billie Letts writes about so beautifully, Shoot the Moon is a hypnotic tale filled with suspense and emotional truth. It further establishes Billie Letts as an American writer to be reckoned with, an original storyteller whose words go straight to our heart.

©2004 Billie Letts; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration--Male, 2005

"Memorable tale of love, loss, humanity, and hope." (Booklist)

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  • Jacques
  • Shelton, CT, USA
  • 08-15-04

Shoot The Moon

This book has brought me back to the roots that I was raised by. Seek the truth, even thou it can hurt.
This was another one of Billie Letts fine books about the human spirit.
Thanks Billie...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Palmdale, CA, United States
  • 03-19-12

Great Story and Characters

Would you consider the audio edition of Shoot the Moon to be better than the print version?

Loved LDP's narration!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shoot the Moon?

The addmission of guilt

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His characters come alive!

If you could rename Shoot the Moon, what would you call it?

Town Secrets

Any additional comments?

The characters really came alive in this story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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absolutely joyous

Believable characters, good contrast between contemporary American city life and small-town life. Enjoyable from start to finish.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A very enjoyable read

I am a Billie Letts fan and always enjoy her quirky characters and the small-town southern feel her books provide. I also enjoy a good mystery and this one has some of that too. No, this book will probably not change your life or alter your perspective on the world, but if you are looking for a nice, well-told story, this should fit the bill.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A small town whodunnit

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I purchased this book because I am a big fan of Billy Letts other story, Where the Heart Is. This book drew me in, however, I was not a fan of the ending or the romantic story in it.