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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carsten Stroud Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Niceville Trilogy Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780449008867
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Something is wrong in Niceville. . .  
A boy literally disappears from Main Street.  A security camera captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong: four cops are gunned down; a TV news helicopter is shot and spins crazily out of the sky, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across twenty different lives over the course of just thirty-six hours.
Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark side, investigates. Soon he and his wife, Kate, a distinguished lawyer from an old Niceville family, find themselves struggling to make sense not only of the disappearance and the robbery but also of a shadow world, where time has a different rhythm and where justice is elusive. 
. . .Something is wrong in Niceville, where evil lives far longer than men do.
Compulsively readable, and populated with characters who leap off the page, Niceville will draw you in, excite you, amaze you, horrify you, and, when it finally lets you go, make you sorry you have to leave.
Read the first thirty-five pages.  Find out why Harlan Coben calls Carsten Stroud the master of “the nerve-jangling thrill ride.” Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Strange, outrageous and wonderful… Offers surprises, shocks, moments of lyricism, explosions of humor and unrelenting suspense. It’s superior storytelling. Call it the summer’s darkest, most delicious guilty pleasure. Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World
  • [An] A-ticket thrill-ride… As enthralling as a tale by the Brothers Grimm. Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
  • Take a pinch of brilliant characters. Stir in some snappy dialogue and a helping of high-octane plot. Blend with a fantastically spooky location and serve hot. Carsten Stroud’s bouillabaisse of a new novel is a simmering read; one part thriller, one part suspense, and taken with a hefty sprinkling of supernatural hot spice, it’s one of the most compulsive page-turners of the year. A.J. Kirby, The New York Journal of Books
  • A unique genre-bending novel that will haunt readers long after the last page… Niceville is a town readers have to visit for themselves in order to believe. Elizabeth Rabin, Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
  • A generous collection of memorable villains, tight action sequences, and an occasional bit of black humor. Booklist
  • 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
  • A compelling work that grabs your attention from page one. Karin Slaughter
  • A truly one-of-a-kind tour de force, Niceville may be hard to categorize by genre, but it’s easy to describe as a reading experience – wildly, insanely entertaining!  —John Lescroart

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 2/18/2014

    " I might have given this book 4 stars based on the writing, but I wasn't that crazy about the story itself. The author put a few too many balls in the air in my opinion, and he let a few drop at the end. There were minor storylines that the story could have done without altogether and some major ones that left loose strings untied. Characters like Andy Chu could have been eliminated altogether to leave more room to develop (and properly conclude) the main storylines. The characters were good and I liked the author's writing style generally. I might enjoy some of his earlier or future works, but I'm not sure I can fully recommend this one despite enjoying many elements of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgette | 2/1/2014

    " Great ending justifies how hard it is to get into the entire middle of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucia | 1/31/2014

    " Maybe I just didn't get it. I just couldn't get into this book, and I found it hard to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Savukinas | 1/26/2014

    " It was hard to get through and did not have a satisfying ending. Not worth reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 1/19/2014

    " What was this? A cops and robbers thriller; a ghost story; a horror book? Too many threads for one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely not a book for everyone - an oddball mystery but I enjoyed the humor and weirdness of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Addie Johnson Ungaretti | 1/15/2014

    " This was an odd book. Still unsure if I liked it or not. I think that I did since I wanted to know what happened, but one of the main plotlines was never really explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/13/2014

    " Really twisted and strange storyline, but it was intresting, and a likeable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Hurd | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. It was very weird, but managed to keep my attention until the ambiguous ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/8/2014

    " Disturbing book, definitely. I like scary, so it was a good read, but the plot was super similar to that movie The Woman in Black, so that kind of ruined it for me a bit "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 12/29/2013

    " This book is an uneasy fusion of heist story, paranormal southern gothic saga and PTSD chronicle. Some of the descriptive writing and some of the dialogue is well done, but the whole thing just didn't come together for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 12/5/2013

    " strange book. kinda lame ending. interesting characters and storyline though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Ulmes | 10/30/2013

    " This is a well-written book with depth in character and plot. It has the added benefit of being totally bizarre. That's all I have to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Karol | 7/3/2013

    " This place is anything but nice, however it is nice and creepy, in the good, hair-raising Stephen King way. If you like your Southern Gothic hard-boiled, this is for you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shanda | 6/24/2013

    " I can't believe I spent the time reading this one.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/22/2012

    " Really liked it, except it is the beginning of a trilogy (which was not noted on the book jacket) and so it ends with many more questions raised than answered. A bit disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 10/22/2012

    " I got this in the form of an audio book. I thought it was supposed to be more of a supernatural horror type story which is how it started out. Then it changed into a crime story with totally unlikeable characters and by about disc 4 I said "Aaaah, forget it! Next!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 8/7/2012

    " A Stephen King-ish kind of creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/30/2012

    " I haven't read a horror in a while and this was a good choice. I was genuinely spooked at times. A good, solid and interesting story. "

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About the Author
Author Carsten Stroud

Carsten Stroud is the author of Cuba Strait, Black Water Transit, the award-winning Snipers Moon, and other novels. His nonfiction titles include Deadly Force; Iron Bravo, chosen for the US Armys recommended reading list; and the New York Times bestseller Close Pursuit. He lives on the shores of Lake Huron.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.