Matthew F. Jones, is an American novelist and screenwriter who has published six novels. Three of his novels have been made into major motion pictures. Jones wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film adaptation of his acclaimed 1996 novel A Single Shot, a novel Susan Salter Reynolds in a review for the Los Angeles Times described as "The finest portrait of guilt since Crime and Punishment," and novelist Daniel Woodrell has declared "One of the finest novels of rural crime and moral horror in the past few decades." 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 Jones' work. Jones grew up on a horse and dairy farm in rural upstate New York and currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.