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. At age five, she was found near death on the steps of a city hospital. A head injury had left her without sight and prevented her from remembering her past. When Sherry discovers she does have sight—sight that transcends death—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 from desolate areas of the boardwalk for his gruesome games.
Wildwood police lieutenant Kelly O’Shaughnessy is stymied over the disappearance of young women from the boardwalk—crimes horrifyingly reminiscent of unsolved cases from the seventies. When an old man’s untimely death leads Sherry Moore to Wildwood, O’Shaughnessy’s desperation to stem the bloodshed 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, Shuman packs a realistic style and authentic investigative detail into this taut tale filled with pulse-pounding tension that will send readers right to the edge.
GEORGE SHUMAN INTERVIEW
- Stephen King
"One of the best-written, best-plotted, most impressive thrillers I've read in some time. Shuman has the talent to put evil on the page and make it specific and real."
- The 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 a head of her."
- Brad Meltzer, New York Times Bestselling Author
"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
"One of the best premises to sail down the 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."
- Gregg Hurwitz
"In this dramatic, highly imaginable first novel, George D Shuman delivers and explosive thriller - brutally authentic in detail and absorbing from beginning to end."
- Robert K. Tannenbaum, author of Absolute Rage and Fury
"This book's crackling sense of menace pulls you from the first page and delivers grandly as the characters come together in an explosive finale. Fast-pased, 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
"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