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The Homecoming: Book Two of the Niceville Trilogy (Vintage Crime / Black Lizard Edition) Paperback – April 1, 2014
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“NICEVILLE and THE HOMECOMING, by Carsten Stroud: crazy-good supernatural/crime/horror epic. Blew me away. Really one novel. You’ve never read anything like it. Faulkner crossed with Steve King.”
“An addictive small-town terror symphony masquerading as a beach read.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Holds up against anything Hollywood can offer for summer entertainment. . . . Stroud works with the precision of a watchmaker.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Classic southern noir crossed with a bit of Dean Koontz. . . . Simply terrific.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“A genre-bending, page-turning, suspenseful read that is impossible to put down or to forget.” —Booklist
“Balances suspense and humor. . . . Shows off [Stroud’s] love for the American South and its difficult progress through history.” —The Free Lance-Star
“A fun, strange, thrilling ride. . . . The dialogue sings, the action [is] fueled by careful character development (and vice versa), and there is the un-simple pleasure of superb storytelling.” —Bookgasm
“A rich, realistic supernatural thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
“The place where noir, thriller, and paranormal fiction intersect.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Stroud’s tight plotting and colorful characters bounce between hard-boiled crime drama and suspenseful, creepy supernatural thriller. . . . The Homecoming is a breathless read with endless surprises and the solid writing of an author firmly in control of his craft.” —Shelf Awareness
Further praise for the Niceville series
"[Stroud] offers surprises, shocks, moments of lyricism, explosions of humor and unrelenting suspense. . . Superior storytelling.”—The Washington Post
“The last time I was so swiftly taken over by a work of fiction was probably when I read A Game of Thrones. Carsten Stroud’s wonderful Niceville isn’t really much like George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel, apart from being equally hard-boiled and engrossing, but it rockets around its deceptively staid Southern town, pulling bad guys and worse guys and long-ago misdeeds into a widening and unfolding tale about every kind of wickedness.” —Peter Straub
“Think Stephen King crossed with Mickey Spillane.” —Open Letters Monthly
About the Author
Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestselling true crime account Close Pursuit. His other novels include Niceville, The Homecoming, The Reckoninng, Sniper's Moon, Lizard Skin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait, and Cobraville. He lives in Florida and Toronto.
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The story centers around a young boy's disappearance and subsequent reappearance and the police officer who takes him in after his ordeal. There are a lot of interweaving stories that are expertly blended into a tapestry of old families and secrets. Great series.