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Something is wrong in Niceville . . . nbsp;
A boy literally disappears from Main Street.nbsp; A security camera captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong: four cops are gunned down; a TV news helicopter is shot and spins crazily out of the sky, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across twenty different lives over the course of just thirty-six hours.
Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark side, investigates. Soon he and his wife, Kate, a distinguished lawyer from an old Niceville family, find themselves struggling to make sense not only of the disappearance and the robbery but also of a shadow world, where time has a different rhythm and where justice is elusive.nbsp;
. . .Something is wrong in Niceville, where evil lives far longer than men do.
Compulsively readable, and populated with characters who leap off the page, Niceville will draw you in, excite you, amaze you, horrify you, and, when it finally lets you go, make you sorry you have to leave.
Read the first thirty-five pages.nbsp; Find out why Harlan Coben calls Carsten Stroud the master of "the nerve-jangling thrill ride."

Now with an excerpt from Carsten Stroud's next book, The Homecoming.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 9780307958587
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook


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Aug 06, 2013

I would say the book is a mix of James Lee Burke and Carl Hiassen with a dash of Stephen King. Excellent writing, characters well-defined with a few astute observations, well-paced action, a slowly revealed mystery with a touch of the supernatural: the book is so very hard to put down. Dark but hilarious at the same time with a complex cast of oddballs, it's definitely Coen brothers material. Highly recommended.

singingbird Nov 28, 2012

Fun read. I also thought of the Coen Brothers as I read this book. Since there were so many characters, I liked how the chapters were titled in case I needed to go back and refresh.

Sep 20, 2012

The plot expands from the disappearance of a child into historical mysteries in a small town. Loved it, what a fun ride! reads like a Coen Brothers movie, I'll have to check out his other titles.


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Algonquin_Lisa Jun 27, 2012

Niceville! is a very busy novel - like two novels compressed into one, actually. One story is about a family curse, told in southern gothic style, the other about the mass murder of police officers, during a bank robbery gone wrong.

It's a decent read; it's just a little overwhelming as far as plot lines. Stroud does a good job keeping them separate yet woven. Still the overall effect is perhaps he could have condensed things a little more.

The supernatural element - a difficult genre to master - just barely skirts being cheesy - unbelievably written. Parts are quite good. In fact, the first section of the book is very great, fast-paced reading. It just slows a bit from there.

So, not bad but not great. Worth a try if it sounds like your thing.


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