One fine spring day in Niceville, a young boy named Rainey Teague disappears on his way home from school. Literally disappears - security camera footage captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. The search for the boy is led by ex-Special Forces veteran Nick Kavanaugh, now a detective with the local police and no stranger to lowlifes and their criminal hijinks. In the nightmare that follows Rainey's disappearance, Nick and his wife, Kate, a family practice lawyer, find themselves drawn into a shadow world between life and death, where they will come face-to-face with an ancient malevolent power that lies beneath Niceville, darker and older than the mountain forest surrounding its source: a 1,000-foot-deep pit known as Crater Sink.
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"In this unnecessarily convoluted mind-bender, Stroud introduces key players without sufficient backstory, making differentiation difficult." - Publishers Weekly
"Stroud's combination of the supernatural with the hyperrealistic never quite jells, but, on balance, he literally gives plenty of bang for the buck. A generous collection of memorable villains, tight action sequences, and an occasional bit of black humor are enough to keep readers turning pages." - Booklist
"Stroud's latest is booming..." - Library Journal
"Terrific dialogue, oddball characters, and a wild story make this a great read." - Elmore Leonard, author of Get Shorty and Out of Sight
"Carsten Stroud's hard-boiled and engrossing Niceville 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." - Peter Straub
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Carsten Stroud is a seasoned writer of fiction and nonfiction, including the true crime account Close Pursuit, a New York Times best seller when it was published almost twenty-five years ago. His novels include Sniper's Moon, Lizard, Skin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait, and Cobraville. Visit him online at www.carstenstroudbooks.com.
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