Matthew F. Jones

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This article is about the American novelist. For other people with the same name, see Matthew Jones.

Matthew F. Jones, is an American novelist and screenwriter who grew up in rural upstate New York. Jones’s work has been translated into a number of foreign languages and widely praised by critics for its taut, unsparing style and complexity and richness of its characters. Three of his novels have been made into major motion pictures. Patrick Andersen in a Washington Post Review of Jones’s 2006 novel Boot Tracks termed the phrase ‘literate noir’ to describe the tense, psychological nature of his work.[1] And in a starred review of Jones’s 1999 psychological thriller Deepwater Booklist critic Bill Ott hailed Jones as a ‘leading contemporary author of country noir, a subgenre whose roots trace back to James M. Cain’s Post Man Always Rings Twice.’[2] A film version of Deepwater was released under the same name in 2006, starring Lucas Black, Peter Coyote and Leslie Anne Warren. Jones’s own screenplay of his 1996 novel "A Single Shot" was made into a film of the same name in 2012 and released in 2013. In a review for the Los Angeles Times Susan Salter Reynolds called the novel A Single Shot ‘The finest portrait of guilt since Crime and Punishment’ [3] and in his New York Times review of the novel Christopher Lehman Haupt described A Single Shot as "a harrowing literary thriller [that is] a powerful blend of love and violence, of the grotesque and the tender.” [4] The film version of the novel stars Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, and Kelly Reilly.


  • The Cooter Farm (1992)
  • The Elements of Hitting (1994)
  • A Single Shot (1996)
  • Blind Pursuit (1997)
  • Deepwater (1999)
  • Boot Tracks (2006)



  1. ^ Anderson, Patrick (2006). "Surprising Shades of Noir". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ott, Bill (1999). "Deepwater: Matthew F. Jones". Booklist. Retrieved August 21, 2014. [clarification needed]
  3. ^ Reynolds, Susan Salter (1997). "= Evil Is As Evil Does". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (1996). "Books of the Times; Trapped in a Nightmare World of Evil". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

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