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18 Seconds (Sherry Moore Series #1)

by George D. Shuman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Pages: 384
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780743277174






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Overview of 18 Seconds (Sherry Moore Series #1)

In his gripping debut, George D. Shuman crafts a pulse-pounding, tension-filled thriller about two brave women — one with uncanny psychic abilities — who unite to catch a murderous madman...before he finds them first.

Thirty years after a deadly traffic accident landed Earl Sykes in prison, he is back on the streets of Wildwood, New Jersey — and back for revenge. He is also feeding his perverse appetite for abducting young female victims — the same crimes he committed years ago for which he was never caught.

Police lieutenant Kelly O'Shaughnessy is bewildered by the disappearance of several young women from the boardwalk — crimes horrifyingly reminiscent of unsolved cases from the seventies. Reluctant to ask for help but desperate to stem the bloodshed, Kelly enlists investigative consultant Sherry Moore. Blind and beautiful, Sherry has the extraordinary ability to "see" the deceased's last eighteen seconds of memory by touching the corpse. As they join forces to discover the killer's identity, the women unwittingly become the hunted — each step drawing them closer to the deadly clutches of a homicidal monster.

Synopsis of 18 Seconds (Sherry Moore Series #1)

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.

The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson

18 Seconds is one of the best-written, best-plotted, most impressive thrillers I've read in some time. Yes, it's a police story -- set in New Jersey, not Washington -- and offers plenty of action, but what distinguishes the novel is Shuman's skill at characterization. In his opening chapters, he introduces two admirable women and one unspeakably vile man. By the time the novel reaches its climax, we have come to believe so completely in these people that we suffer almost unbearable suspense.

About the Author, George D. Shuman

George D Shuman is author of Lost Girls, Last Breath, and 18 Seconds. A retired twenty-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, he resides in the mountains of southwest Pennsylvania, where he now writes full-time. To learn more, visit his website at www.georgedshuman.com.

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Editorials

Patrick Anderson

18 Seconds is one of the best-written, best-plotted, most impressive thrillers I've read in some time. Yes, it's a police story -- set in New Jersey, not Washington -- and offers plenty of action, but what distinguishes the novel is Shuman's skill at characterization. In his opening chapters, he introduces two admirable women and one unspeakably vile man. By the time the novel reaches its climax, we have come to believe so completely in these people that we suffer almost unbearable suspense.
— The Washington Post

Publishers Weekly

Beautiful, blind Sherry Moore is matter-of-fact when telling two police detectives about her agonizing gift-the ability to see the last 18 seconds of a dead person's life. It's not supernatural, in her telling; it's science imperfectly understood. It's also the defining characteristic of Sherry's life; orphaned and injured at a young age, she cannot say no to the bereft who want her help in solving gruesome crimes. Shuman is a 20-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., police force, and his debut novel mercilessly depicts the horror wrought by serial killer Earl Sykes, who specializes in young women out for a good time at the New Jersey shore. Narrative relief from a litany of horrific crimes comes when the scene shifts to Sherry's tender relationship with a married police detective, and to police lieutenant Kelly Lynch-O'Shaughnessy's marital struggles. While the large number of characters and cross-cutting of their perspectives leads to occasional confusion, the vividly drawn central figures and authoritative voice keep the reader grimly committed. 100,000 announced first printing. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal

Though this debut novel is compared in the accompanying promotional material to Thomas Harris's work, in reality it reads more like a John Sandford novel-with a psychic twist. A killer has returned to the boardwalks of Wildwood, NJ, and it is up to Lt. Kelly O'Shaughnessy to beat the clock and find the man before he kills again. The psychic twist relates to the title: Sherry Moore is a blind woman who can see the last 18 seconds of a person's life leading up to death, and her ability may be the only thing that will close the case. With the recent popularity of psychics and sensitives on television (e.g., Medium, Ghost Whisperer) and in movies (e.g., The Sixth Sense), characters with a little something extra to them will definitely be a draw for readers. Unfortunately, though Shuman's experience as a veteran cop is evident in his protagonist's carefully worked investigation, the psychic element-the true selling point of the narrative-is almost entirely dropped and only reappears near the book's end. A suspenseful climax doesn't quite make up for the uneven pacing and awkward writing earlier on. For larger public libraries only.-Jane Jorgenson, Alicia Ashman Lib., Madison, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews

Debut suspenser about a blind psychic who sees what no one else can. Her name is Sherry Moore, and if she holds the hand of a murder victim, she can, as she puts it, "tap in to the short term memory of the deceased." It's the last 18 seconds' worth, so in practical terms-that is, in cop terms-if you get her next to your vic, she may be able to i.d. your perp. Her powers are the result of a freak childhood head injury that also left her handicapped. Now the extraordinarily beautiful Sherry has become something of a media darling. In the meantime, Lt. Kelly O'Shaughnessy of the Wildwood (NJ) PD has a big-time bad guy on her hands. Earl Sykes was in his youth collared by Kelly's father, then Wildwood's police chief, after a wild car chase that resulted in multiple deaths and a second-degree murder conviction. But Sykes is also guilty of a series of ghastly sex crimes, crimes that more closely define the kind of sociopath he is, crimes never laid at his door. Now, smoldering, vengeful and paroled, he's a man obsessed. All those betrayers who did him harm must be made to pay. And if papa O'Shaughnessy breathes no more, his daughter must serve as stand-in. Mad-hatter Sykes litters Wildwood with corpses. Sherry finds herself called in as a consultant, setting the stage for a triangulated showdown under Wildwood's boardwalk. Shuman's pair of fresh and appealing female lead characters just may warrant that 100,000-copy first printing.

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