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Niceville: Book One of the Niceville Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – August 13, 2013
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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.”
“Niceville belies its name at every turn in Carson Stroud’s wickedly entertaining thriller.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Terrific dialogue, oddball characters, and a wild story make this a great read.”
“Strange, outrageous and wonderful. . . . Superior storytelling. . . . [If] 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.”
—The Washington Post
“Glorious. . . . Stroud manages to combine just about all the pulp genres you can imagine in his tale—hard-boiled noir, supernatural horror, Southern gothic melodrama, multigenerational family tragedy. . . . [with his] gifts for flat-out storytelling and sharp characterization.”
“[A] thrill-ride. . . . As enthralling as a tale by the Brothers Grimm.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Mesmerizing. . . . Niceville has claws as sharp as the soaring crows’ talons.”
—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Terrific. . . . A mystery but also a ghost story, with a touch of horror. . . . This is a very sharp . . . view of traditional Southern Gothic.”
—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A unique genre-bending novel that will haunt readers long after the last page. . . . Niceville is a town readers have to visit for themselves in order to believe.”
—The Free Lance-Star
"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. Somehow it manages to get tighter, nastier, and more delightful as it rolls along toward its lovely and completely black-hearted final pages."
“A simmering read; one part thriller, one part suspense, and taken with a hefty sprinkling of supernatural hot spice, it’s one of the most compulsive page-turners of the year.”
—The New York Journal of Books
“[Stroud] literally gives plenty of bang for the buck.”
“A compelling work that grabs your attention from page one.”
“Think Stephen King crossed with Mickey Spillane.”
—Open Letters Monthly
“A truly one-of-a-kind tour de force, Niceville may be hard to categorize by genre, but it’s easy to describe as a reading experience—wildly, insanely entertaining.”
About the Author
Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestselling true crime account Close Pursuit. His novels include Sniper’s Moon, Lizard Skin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait, and Cobraville. He lives in Toronto.
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This book has some really strong characters. Storylines introducing more characters & I'm wondering how the author will tie all this together. But he does & it's a really good read. Of course we have some issues not explained but we have two more books to read!
Would gladly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys mystery & maybe a little bit of the supernatural. Enjoy...😁
Niceville is a town where many odd things happen just below the surface. It begins with a missing child who is found months later in impossible circumstances. This kicks off a story of old families, curses and Native legends. It's a rather gothic story and it the more you read the deeper it gets. I did not want to put it down and ordered the second and third books right away.
If you haven't read "Niceville" yet, get it. I just finished the second and am about to start the third.
Carsten Stroud has put together a multi-layered supernatural mystery spanning several generations, with an amazing cast of characters that has me totally invested in this trilogy. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say that I agree with those who ranked it so high on their lists, and I personally can't wait to read the other two volumes! Good stuff!!!
Under normal circumstances I would have rated this book with four stars. However, if I didn't know then there was a sequel I would have found the ending disappointing. Too many characters left swing in the wind; too many unanswered questions and too many unresolved or unexplained issues.
NOW, I know there is a sequel and apparently yet another one to come. Sorry gang but I'm not hanging around to see the ending.
I will say this for Stroud; he's got great characters, a good story line and he keeps you interested. He could very easily have done a better job in writing the ending to this book. And, a couple of the main characters could very easily become the principal characters in a subseqent novel.
If you're planning to read "Niceville" I'd suggest you get "Homecoming" at the same time and then - be patient - who knows when the third one come out???
Carsten's time in law enforcement especially shines too.
Mistake! The book just goes on & on jumping from one character to the next and doesn't really go anywhere. I got about 3/4 of the way through and didn't even finish it.
Garage sale fodder!