Niceville: Book One of the Niceville Trilogy
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"NICEVILLE and THE HOMECOMING, by Carsten Stroud: crazy-good supernatural/crime/horror epic. Blew me away. Really one novel. You've never read anything like it. Faulkner crossed with Steve King."
--The Washington Post Book World "Terrific dialogue, oddball characters, and a wild story make this a great read."
--Elmore Leonard "Strange, outrageous and wonderful. . . . Superior storytelling. . . . [If] you savor the blackest of comedy and fear that evil is all around us, embodied, in both flesh-and-blood and supernatural creatures, then you might enjoy this toxic tale."
--The Washington Post
"Glorious. . . . Stroud manages to combine just about all the pulp genres you can imagine in his tale--hard-boiled noir, supernatural horror, Southern gothic melodrama, multigenerational family tragedy. . . . [with his] gifts for flat-out storytelling and sharp characterization."
--Entertainment Weekly "[A] thrill-ride. . . . As enthralling as a tale by the Brothers Grimm."
--The Wall Street Journal "Mesmerizing. . . . Niceville has claws as sharp as the soaring crows' talons."
--South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Terrific. . . . A mystery but also a ghost story, with a touch of horror. . . . This is a very sharp . . . view of traditional Southern Gothic."
--The Globe and Mail (Toronto) "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."
--The Free Lance-Star
"The last time I was so swiftly taken over by a work of fiction was probably when I read A Game of Thrones. Carsten Stroud's wonderful Niceville isn't really much like George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel, apart from being equally hard-boiled and engrossing, but it 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 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."
--The New York Journal of Books
"[Stroud] literally gives plenty of bang for the buck."
"A compelling work that grabs your attention from page one."
--Karin Slaughter "Think Stephen King crossed with Mickey Spillane."
--Open Letters Monthly "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."