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Beautiful, blind Sherry Moore is matter-of-fact when telling two police detectives about her agonizing gift—the ability to see the last 18 seconds of a dead person's life. It's not supernatural, in her telling; it's science imperfectly understood. It's also the defining characteristic of Sherry's life; orphaned and injured at a young age, she cannot say no to the bereft who want her help in solving gruesome crimes. Shuman is a 20-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., police force, and his debut novel mercilessly depicts the horror wrought by serial killer Earl Sykes, who specializes in young women out for a good time at the New Jersey shore. Narrative relief from a litany of horrific crimes comes when the scene shifts to Sherry's tender relationship with a married police detective, and to police lieutenant Kelly Lynch-O'Shaughnessy's marital struggles. While the large number of characters and cross-cutting of their perspectives leads to occasional confusion, the vividly drawn central figures and authoritative voice keep the reader grimly committed.100,000 announced first printing.(Apr.)
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ISBN-10:  0743277171
ISBN-13:  978-0743277174
Author:  George D. Shuman
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Pocket Star
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review by . March 24, 2008
The premise upon which this book is based is that a blind woman, by touching the hand of a corpse, can somehow connect with that deceased person's last 18 seconds of thought before death. It's a far-out concept, I grant, but if you accept the idea as a reader, you get plunged into a very interesting, creepy and dangerous book. This is a work with a real villain, a sociopath would be a good way to describe him. There are murders both recent and from the past, and two tracks of the plot which eventually …
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