How do you hunt a serial killer who can go back in time to make sure you were never born?
A high-speed police chase kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his new trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one teenage girl dead, 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, pursue a seductive serial killer who can ride The Shimmer across decades. The trail cuts from modern-day Jacksonville to Mafia-ruled St. Augustine in 1957, then to the pre—World War I French Quarter of New Orleans. The stakes turn brutal when Redding, 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 thriller that will stay with you long after its utterly unforeseen yet perfectly diabolical ending.
"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