The BlindsBook - 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.
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Welcome to the Blinds, the next step in witness protection. Where new residents travel to an isolated compound in the remote and dusty Texas landscape, 100 miles from any living town or being, a place where the population is comprised of dangerous criminals given a second chance, and innocent witnesses who would be in danger out in the world. The catch is that the residents must undergo a procedure that erases specific memories from their past. If you don’t know what makes you dangerous, you can’t reveal it and give yourself away. In the Blinds you begin anew and follow three simple rules: No one other than new residents may come into the town; absolutely no contact with the outside world; and if you decide to leave you may never return, and if you leave, you most certainly will wind up dead.
In the 8 years that Calvin Cooper has been sheriff, he has maintained an uneasy peace with the residents. Now in the past two months, he has been forced to deal with a suicide and now a murder. Cooper assisted by his colleagues, investigate the crime where anyone might have a motive and the skills to carry it out. The arrival of agents to help with the investigation, stir up more unease and suspicion among a population unused to dealing with people from the outside world, adding more chaos to a volatile situation. Could a town full of criminals who’ve forgotten their crimes ever change?
Sternberg writes a compelling fast-paced novel full of unexpected twists and turns. Told through multiple perspectives, readers are sure to enjoy this genre-bending mystery with elements of a western thrown in. Fans who’ve enjoyed Cormac McCarthys’ No Country for Old Men and Craig Johnsons’ The Highway Man are sure to enjoy this novel.
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