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18 Seconds: A Novel

A book by George D. Shuman

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"I see dead people's thoughts!"

  • Mar 24, 2008
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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 come together, and an unlikely hero is found. It's a frightening story, but one that will kep you turning the pages far into the night.

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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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