BOLO Top Read of 2017
PopSugar Best Book of 2017
From the Edgar Award-nominated author of Shovel Ready, a blistering new thriller that Dennis Lehane calls “propulsive and meaningful”
For fans of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, the Coen Brothers, and Lost
Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.
For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For some reason, memory erasure seems to be a growing concern for today’s mystery and thriller writers. But we’ve never read a story like The Blinds, which is set in a fenced-in, blasted Texas town called Caesura where federal witnesses are sent for protection—but only after the details of their criminal cases are wiped from their brains. Adam Sternbergh’s writing has old-fashioned style, and his characters are gloriously cinematic. We enjoyed being toyed with as a string of unsettling incidents rock the addled townspeople and their problematic sheriff.
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A complex sy-fi hometown thriller, with a gentle voice as if told by a Scout Master to his tenderfoots around a campfire that night. Far superior to every best seller that does little more than flutter on a page. Extraordinarily clever.