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Niceville review - Carsten Stroud

Carsten Stroud

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'NICE' SOCIOPATH Thriller meets melodrama in this genre-less novel that unravels a small town?s dirty little secrets

Niceville

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Carsten Stroud
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Horror

We gave it a B

In this ambitious, glorious mess of a thriller, a missing child and a brutal bank robbery set off a series of unfortunate events in a small town filled with bloody secrets. Improbable as it may sound, 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. The book, as a result, has plenty of rough edges: The lead heroic protagonist comes off as a bit of a bore, and the demonic entity who haunts Niceville is a refugee from a bad Korean horror film. But Stroud has gifts for flat-out storytelling and sharp characterization. How many other authors could make a sociopathic cop-killer likable, and even oddly endearing? B