Niceville by Carsten Stroud


12 Critic Reviews

Stroud manages to make his mysterious and violent doings both banal and vapid.


Something is wrong in Niceville. . .  
A boy literally disappears from Main Street.  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. 
. . .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.  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.

About Carsten Stroud

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Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestseller Close Pursuit and the award-winning Sniper's Moon, both set in the New York City Police Department. His critically acclaimed book, Black Water Transit, has been bought by Bruce Willis, with filming set to begin in March 2005. Stroud lives with his wife, writer and researcher Linda Mair, in Thunder Beach, on the Lake Huron shoreline.
Published June 12, 2012 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2012

Stroud manages to make his mysterious and violent doings both banal and vapid.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on Jun 15 2012

Stroud manages to juggle the multiple plots and characters in a quirky fashion that arrives at a satisfying climax.

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Entertainment Weekly

Reviewed by Darren Franich on Jun 15 2012

In this ambitious, glorious mess of a thriller, a missing child and a brutal bank robbery set off a series of unfortunate events in a small town filled with bloody secrets.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Jul 01 2012

If, however, you savor the blackest of comedy and fear that evil is all around us, embodied in both flesh-and-blood and supernatural creatures, then you might enjoy this toxic tale as much as I did.

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Open Letters Monthly

Reviewed by Irma Heldman intentionally blurring the distinction between the “good guys” and “bad guys,” Stroud creates the kind of unpredictable interaction between his characters that keeps things moving.

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Sun Sentinel

Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Jul 27 2012

Despite its drawbacks, "Niceville" has claws as sharp as the soaring crows' talons.

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Reviewed by Kel Munger on Jun 25 2012’s story-driven writing that kept me reading—and hoping that he’d wrap it up so I wouldn’t have to read the next installment.

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Reviewed by SAM ADAMS on Jul 12 2012

Carsten Stroud’s grimly satisfying tale awakens devilish mystery in a sleepy Southern town.

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Reviewed by Lynn Kimmerle on May 07 2012

There is an enormous cast of characters, none of whom are completely fleshed out or particularly engaging and the story line is very muddy, jumping between protagonists.

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Reviewed by Violin in a Void on Jun 12 2012

...I really enjoyed reading a large portion of the book, I found it wonderfully creepy at times, and Stroud managed to get me fully invested in most of his story.

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Reviewed by Jacqui Murray on Jun 29 2012

Overall, a wonderful read. Carsten Stroud continues to be the master storyteller.

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Reviewed by Autumn on Sep 17 2012

Niceville was a disappointment to me. It think it tried to be too many things at once.

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