18 Seconds (Mass Market Paperbound)

By George D. Shuman

Pocket Star Books, 9780743277174, 354pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007



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.

Praise For 18 Seconds


-- Stephen King

"Impressive.... Almost unbearable suspense."

-- The Washington Post

"Moves like a bat out of hell.... Fascinating characters, nonstop storytelling, and an explosive ending."

-- Robert Crais, author of The Forgotten Man and The Two Minute Rule