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The Shimmer

A Novel

by (author) Carsten Stroud

MIRA Books
Initial publish date
Jun 2018
Domestic, Supernatural, Historical, Crime
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
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How do you hunt a killer who can go back in time and make sure you’re never born?

A police pursuit kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one girl dead and another in cuffs, and the driver of the SUV fleeing into the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding stays on the hunt, driven by the trace memory that he knows that running woman—and he does, because his grandfather, a cop in Jacksonville, was hunting the same woman in 1957.

Redding and his partner, Pandora Jansson, chase a seductive serial killer who can ride The Shimmer across decades. The pursuit cuts from modern-day Jacksonville to Mafia-ruled St. Augustine in 1957, then to the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1914. The stakes turn brutal when Jack, whose wife and child died in a crash the previous Christmas Eve, faces a terrible choice: help his grandfather catch the killer, or change time itself and try to save his wife and child.

The Shimmer is a unique time-shifting thriller that will stay with you long after its utterly unforeseen and yet perfectly diabolical ending.

About the author

Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestselling true crime account Close Pursuit. His other books include the novels Niceville, The Homecoming, The Reckoninng, Sniper's Moon, Lizard Skin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait, and Cobraville.

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Editorial Reviews

"Carsten Stroud is a world-class storyteller... He effortlessly combines hard-nosed cops, mafia dons, and supernatural events with convincing ease. The prose is music. He had me reading late into the night.--STEPHEN KING

"Think Joseph Wambaugh meets @StephenKing."-NYT bestselling author Linwood Barclay

"An adrenaline-filled supernatural thriller from bestseller Stroud. Fans of Stephen King will find a lot to like. Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Infused with the edge of hardboiled cops, tarnished and not, and a villain beyond compare... Up to par with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch. Highly recommended for readers seeking a riveting, edge-of-your-seat read." -Library Journal

"If you love suspense with a healthy dose of supernatural, this book is for you." -Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

"Carsten Stroud's daring, magnetic and brilliantly constructed novel will take you places you've never been.... He has raised the suspension of disbelief to a very high level." -Florida Weekly

"My favorite book of 2018... A magnificent literary gift." -Bookreporter