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Niceville

Stroud, Carsten (eBook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Niceville
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Authors: Stroud, Carsten, 1946-
Title: Niceville
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Notes: Electronic book
"A Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 0307958582
9780307958587
Statement of Responsibility: by Carsten Stroud
Subject Headings: Missing children Fiction Married people Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Suspense fiction
Occult fiction
Topical Term: Missing children
Married people
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Aug 06, 2013
  • JLMason rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I would say the book is a mix of James Lee Burke and Carl Hiassen with a dash of Stephen King. Excellent writing, characters well-defined with a few astute observations, well-paced action, a slowly revealed mystery with a touch of the supernatural: the book is so very hard to put down. Dark but hilarious at the same time with a complex cast of oddballs, it's definitely Coen brothers material. Highly recommended.

Nov 28, 2012
  • singingbird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fun read. I also thought of the Coen Brothers as I read this book. Since there were so many characters, I liked how the chapters were titled in case I needed to go back and refresh.

Sep 20, 2012
  • willum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The plot expands from the disappearance of a child into historical mysteries in a small town. Loved it, what a fun ride! reads like a Coen Brothers movie, I'll have to check out his other titles.

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Jun 27, 2012
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Niceville! is a very busy novel - like two novels compressed into one, actually. One story is about a family curse, told in southern gothic style, the other about the mass murder of police officers, during a bank robbery gone wrong.

It's a decent read; it's just a little overwhelming as far as plot lines. Stroud does a good job keeping them separate yet woven. Still the overall effect is perhaps he could have condensed things a little more.

The supernatural element - a difficult genre to master - just barely skirts being cheesy - unbelievably written. Parts are quite good. In fact, the first section of the book is very great, fast-paced reading. It just slows a bit from there.

So, not bad but not great. Worth a try if it sounds like your thing.

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