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Author: George D. Shuman Narrator: Lindsay Crouse Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sherry Moore Novels Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780743554121
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Investigative consultant Sherry Moore is blind and stunningly beautiful, with the extraordinary ability to "see" the deceased's last eighteen seconds of memory by touching the corpse. A head injury at age five left her without sight and prevented her from remembering her past. When Sherry discovers she has the sight, she learns to use her gift to help others solve mysteries that only she can tap into.

Serial killer Earl Sykes was never caught for his vicious murders. Instead, a deadly traffic accident landed him in prison. Now almost thirty years later, he returns to the seaside town of Wildwood, New Jersey -- and to abducting young female victims for his gruesome games.

Wildwood police lieutenant Kelly O'Shaughnessy is stymied over the disappearance of young women. When an old man's untimely death leads Sherry Moore to Wildwood, O'Shaughnessy's desperation forces her to accept Sherry's help, but not without consequence. As the two women join forces to discover the killer's identity, they unwittingly become the hunted, marching deeper with every step into the monster's lair.

A law enforcement veteran himself, George Shuman packs a realistic style and authentic investigative detail into this taunt tale filled with pulse pounding tension that will send listeners right to the edge. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • In twenty-eight years of law enforcement I never believed in psychics, but then I read George Shuman's 18 Seconds. This convincing, perfectly paced novel gathers its seemingly unrelated characters and lets them march inexorably toward a final intersection. Although you'll want to, you won't be able to look away."

    -- Paul Lindsay, author of The Big Scam and The Führer's Reserve
  • Intricate, compelling, and real, 18 Seconds is suspense at its up-all-night best....Welcome a new and substantial talent to your bookshelf!"

    -- John J. Nance, author of Pandora's Box and Orbit
  • “The vividly drawn central figures and authoritative voice keep the reader grimly committed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • 18 Seconds is one of the best-written, best-plotted, most impressive thrillers I’ve read in some time. Yes, it’s a police story—set in New Jersey, not Washington—and offers plenty of action, but what distinguishes the novel is Shuman’s skill at characterization. In his opening chapters, he introduces two admirable women and one unspeakably vile man. By the time the novel reaches its climax, we have come to believe so completely in these people that we suffer almost unbearable suspense.”

    Washington Post

  • With a brilliant concept, truly human characters, and a 'Sixth Sense' sensibility, 18 Seconds is terrifyingly authentic. Sherry Moore is a memorable heroine who promises to have many more adventures ahead of her."

    -- Brad Meltzer, author of The Zero Game and The Tenth Justice
  • In this dramatic, highly imaginative first novel, George D. Shuman delivers an explosive thriller -- brutally authentic in detail and absorbing from beginning to end."

    -- Robert K. Tanenbaum, author of Absolute Rage and Fury
  • "18 Seconds moves like a bat out of hell. Even better, Sherry Moore is remarkably original -- complex and real despite her strange gift. George D. Shuman has delivered the goods -- fascinating characters, nonstop storytelling, and an explosive ending. Bravo!"

    -- Robert Crais, author of The Forgotten Man and The Two Minute Rule
  • This book's crackling sense of menace pulls you in from the first page and delivers grandly as the characters come together in an explosive finale. Fast-paced, compulsively readable, possessed of an intriguing premise, 18 Seconds is a slick debut by an ex-cop who knows his way around police procedure and writes strong female characters."

    -- Denise Hamilton, author of Savage Garden and Last Lullaby
  • One of the best premises to sail down the thriller pipeline in years. At turns lyrical, horrifying, and -- dare I say -- poignant, 18 Seconds takes an ingenious notion and spins it into a killer yarn. In Sherry Moore, Shuman has created a unique, compelling heroine. An impressive debut!"

    -- Gregg Hurwitz, author of The Program and Troubleshooter
  • A 2007 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2007 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First Novel

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About the Author

George D. Shuman is author of Lost Girls, Last Breath, and 18 Seconds. A retired twenty-year veteran of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department, he resides in the mountains of southwest Pennsylvania, where he now writes full-time.

About the Narrator

Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President’s Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot, Between the Lines, The Verdict, Prefontaine, and The Insider. She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Between Mother and Daughter,” an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.