The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud
(Niceville Trilogy)

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A third book may resolve the tangled plot, but this one is messy and overwritten.


From its explosive opening to its eerie climax, The Homecoming is a page-turning, labyrinthine thrill ride that returns to Niceville . . . where evil lives far longer than men do.

When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it’s not enough that Niceville detective Nick Kavanaugh (ex–Special Forces) has to investigate. He and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have also just taken in brutally orphaned Rainey Teague. Something bothers Nick about Rainey—and it isn’t just that the woman in charge of attendance at Rainey’s prep school has disappeared. In fact, people have long been disappearing from seemingly placid Niceville, including, most disturbingly, Kate’s father. Using his files, Kate and Nick start to unearth Niceville’s blood stained history, but something (or is it Nothing?) stands in their way.

Once again, Carsten Stroud gives us unforgettable characters, including Coker, the steely, amoral police sniper, and Harvill Endicott, an urbanely manipulative psychopath, not to mention Warren Smoles, the most conniving lawyer you will ever meet. Stroud’s unique storytelling gifts bring us into a world where protecting your family from the unknown becomes almost impossible but essential for survival.

Anything is possible in 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 July 16, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on May 13 2013

...a nearby sinkhole that Native Americans consider a bad place, homicidal criminals, and the soul of one little boy meld into a rich, realistic supernatural thriller.

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on May 21 2013

A third book may resolve the tangled plot, but this one is messy and overwritten.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 03 2013

This leaves me praising the book, but I have the sense I would be ranking it as one of the best books of the year if I had read Niceville. The moral of all this is not to read The Homecoming first.

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