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Night Blind [Kindle Edition]

Michael W. Sherer
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2013 International Thriller Award Nominee

In the space of a few months, Blake Sanders has lost his job, his only son to suicide, and his marriage. A year later, it's gotten so bad that he can only face the world at night, working menial jobs washing dishes and delivering newspapers, lost in depression and grief.

Blake's world is turned upside down again on a cold November night, when an elderly woman on his newspaper route is brutally stabbed to death and Blake is charged with her murder. Faced with life in prison, his only hope is to find the real killer.

In a desperate attempt to unravel the mystery, Blake learns that his friend had stumbled onto secrets that have been buried beneath Capitol Hill for 150 years. Secrets that are now being disturbed by the construction of the new light rail tunnel. Secrets that will shake the government of Seattle. Secrets that foreign agents will kill for.

On the run from the police and murderers, Blake finds a chance to heal his grief and reclaim his life—if he can stay alive long enough to unearth the truth.

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Thriller writer Sherer (Death on a Budget, 2010) renders a sympathetic lead character and an engaging, if somewhat disjointed, story line in his latest novel, set largely in Seattle. Things aren’t going so well for Blake Sanders, who fell from professional grace after being accused of embezzling money. One of his close relatives committed suicide. Now he makes his living delivering newspapers. One morning, Sanders stops a depressed and desperate woman from jumping off a bridge. In the months that follow, he monitors her recovery, even though she seems to want nothing to do with him. Being a delivery man is neither lucrative nor glamorous, but Sanders keeps up his morale by reminding himself of the job’s perks, which include befriending Mildred Babcock, a lonely but spirited elderly woman along his route. When Babcock is found stabbed to death in her home, Sanders, inexplicably, becomes the prime suspect. Sherer’s subplot, involving the deadly deeds of a French intelligence agent, doesn’t quite mesh with the tale of likable, albeit flawed, Sanders. — Allison Block


"Night Blind is a study in contrasts- both a complex international thriller and a tightly woven wrongfully accused mystery, with storylines that crackle with intensity before they collide in a shower of sparks. Michael Sherer has crafted an original and compelling character in Blake Sanders. Pay attention. You won't want to miss a word." -J.T. Ellison, bestselling author of A Deeper Darkness

"Sherer's Night Blind is the type of story I crave—a deep mystery wrapped in an impossible to put down thriller. This is a novel that will keep you up late, and force you out of bed early to start reading again. Loved every page of it."-Brett Battles, author of Sick and the Jonathan Quinn Thrillers

"In an ingenious, byzantine tale, Michael Sherer has woven multiple threads through history and across continents to link a long hidden secret to a modern day murder. Deftly written and enthralling, Night Blind succeeds both as a thriller with international scope and as a profoundly personal tale of a man who’s been knocked down more times than he can count but gets right back up again. Sherer masterfully navigates dizzying plot twists and his characters’ frailties with the perfect balance of grit and humanity. Night Blind, is a story in which the layers have layers, rich, complex, and deeply satisfying." —Bill Cameron, author of County Line

" Night Blind is a tense, twisty thriller about a wrongfully accused man seeking to clear his name and finding himself in the middle of a gripping mystery with deadly consequences. A tightly paced page-turner that's impossible to put down. Terrific!" —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

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  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K7WSEQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller with bite! October 23, 2012
By Brenda
Blake Sanders felt like he had lost everything...twelve months ago, his only son Cole had committed suicide, and he blamed himself. He should have been able to help him, and couldn't work out why he hadn't seen the signs. After he lost his job in a shocking scandal he was innocent of, but couldn't prove, he lost his beautiful wife Molly to divorce... So when he came across a woman threatening to jump from a bridge, while he was driving to his night time job, he was determined to save her...

Later, as he did his newspaper delivery round through the streets of Seattle, he looked forward to catching up with Midge, his last customer on the run. Midge, an elderly lady he had struck up an odd friendship with, was a kind gentle soul, who spent her daylight hours volunteering at the nearby Joyance House, near the church and rectory. To his disappointment, Midge's house was in darkness, so he continued on his way.

To Blake's horror, Midge had been brutally murdered in her home, and now the police were after him for her murder. Both Donovan and Hiragawa didn't believe his claims of innocence, and ex-wife Molly's team of lawyers were immediately on his case. On bail, Blake decided he needed to prove his innocence, and so began the incredible race against time, and his life, with a rogue French military intelligence agent, a shadowy murderer and the police all after him.

With the assassination of a key player, the mystery surrounding events which occurred in the 1850's, a recently found journal by Sister Marguerite, which seemed connected to Midge's death, the gorgeous Lieutenant Commander Reyna Chase of Navy Intelligence deeply involved... Councilman Rafe Acasa and his sidekick Dan Whiting....would Blake be able to stop the horrific murders before he himself lost his life?
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This excellent story opens with enough information to solidly grab the reader's attention. Tension grows through the exquisitely developed plot as we encounter characters who we want to learn more about.

The story opens with a segment in France where a French rouge agent knows it's time to leave the country. He's given a lead on something valuable in Canada so travels there in hope of making a big score.

In Seattle, Blake Sanders was a public affairs official who lost his job and family after a financial scandal. He's haunted by the suicide of his son and subsides by his reserves and delivering newspapers.

Blake's misfortunes seem to have given him more empathy for others. His part in the story opens with him talking a woman from taking her life by jumping from a bridge.

The last stop on his delivery route is to an elderly woman. She seems lonely and he often stops in and has tea with her. Someone murders her and tries to set Blake up to take the blame.

Part of the story involves a historic event in the 1850s where an order of nuns were given land and the mineral rights to the land. What this has to do with present times and how this is tied in to a number of other incidents was very imaginative.

Readers looking for an excellent story and well written literature will be rewarded with reading this edge of seat thriller.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Combining elements of the classic wronged man thriller with the historical quest elements popularized in novels such as "The Da Vinci Code," author Michael Sherer has created a page turner in "Night Blind" that's easy to like, if not always easy to take seriously. If you want a fitfully entertaining journey, there is a lot to recommend Sherer's latest. But as much as I enjoyed the book (and I did), it's disparate plot threads wind over one another with great convenience and little plausibility. At the heart of the story is a typically troubled antihero named Blake Sanders. As a man falsely accused of numerous wrongs, Sanders must prove his innocence as well as divert an international crisis, unravel a century's old mystery, solve several murders, and uncover the political corruption plaguing Seattle's local government. That's a lot to maintain while still holding on to a nightly paper route! I credit Sherer, at least, for making Sanders a character that you want to follow into the darkness no matter how murky the narrative can get.

I can't really attempt to describe the plot of "Night Blind" in any meaningful way that will make much sense. Let's just say that a shadowy historical story surrounding nuns and sailors (possibly involving massive amounts of gold, possibly involving a biological weapon) might be the undoing of Seattle. An elderly friend of Sanders stumbles upon a part of the conspiracy and meets her untimely demise. In an effort to avoid taking the rap for her murder, Sanders start to dig into the mystery. Along the way, he'll be influenced by three women: his ex-wife with whom he shares a tragedy, a lady he rescues from a botched suicide attempt, and a no-nonsense Naval analyst.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Blind October 4, 2012
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Blake Sanders had a good life but now delivers newspapers and washes dishes. A year earlier his son committed suicide, and was accused of theft at his job. His marriage fell apart and he blamed himself for his son's s death. One evening while delivering the paper, he stops a woman from killing herself. At the same tie, an elderly woman on his route was murdered and all the evidence points to him. Desperate to clear his name, he stumbles upon more than he bargained for. A hunt for hidden treasure and a religious mystery that happened over 150 years earlier brings in not only the US Navy, the FBI but also a rogue French military agent.

Michael W. Sherer has created a likeable character in Blake Sanders. He is a complicated man but the author lets out a little about him as the story develops. We get to learn who he is and what makes him tick and his relationships with other. The story also unfolds, not in a chaotic confusion, but clearly evolving as each piece of the puzzle is connected. As I read each chapter, I wanted to know more about the nun's secret. It all comes to a head and the climax is worthy of the pages before it. This was a very good novel and I look forward to the continuing adventures of Blake Sanders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 29 days ago by Andrew Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, complex story
Suspenseful and complicated, in a good way. A fun and funny read with well-defined characters-a great deal on Kindle First.
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Very interesting and good read. I found the characters well developed and the protagonist great with a slight sense of humor and the whole history part a major plus.
Published 1 month ago by Charles Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great twists kept my interest
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Chacon
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many adjectives-description is fine, but the author got carried...
Basic premise of story was hard to believe. Potential biological warfare from the mid-nineteenth century hard to buy.
Published 2 months ago by Phillip B. Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars NIGHT BLIND
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5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery
Fast read and kept me interested. Characters believable and interesting. Kept me guessing throughout the story and I enjoyed it very much.
Published 4 months ago by BluEyez126
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend a Good Read
It was a good book. It kept me looking for the next clue and it took me a while to figure out the mystery part which I like.
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Unknown author and I got it free. Pretty good story and interesting premise. I liked the central character and would like to read more about him.
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery
Loved the fact it was set in Seattle. Nice mystery and great job tying the pieces together at the end. Hard to put down.
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Michael W. Sherer is the Thriller Award-nominated, best-selling author of Night Blind, the first in the Seattle-based Blake Sanders thriller series, which also was named a best book of 2012 by The Examiner's "Miami Books." His other books include six novels in the award-winning Emerson Ward mystery series, the stand-alone suspense novel, Island Life, which was a USA Book News "Best Books" award-winner in 2008, and the Tess Barrett YA thriller series.

A member and past regional vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Mike is also a member of the International Thriller Writers. He's served as a judge for both MWA's Edgar and ITW's Thriller Awards.

Mike grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, went to prep school and college "back east," and lived in Chicago for 20 years. He and his family now reside in the Seattle area.

Mike is working on the fourth Blake Sanders thriller as well as the second in the Tess Barrett YA thriller series. Please visit him at or you can find him on Facebook at and on Twitter at @MysteryNovelist.

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