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18 Seconds
by George D. Shuman
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Simon & Schuster, 2006 (2006)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Blind since she was a child, Sherry Moore is in demand by police departments because with her blindness came an unusual gift. By touching a corpse she can see the last eighteen seconds of the victim's thoughts before death.

Desperate to find a young woman who disappeared from the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey Police Lieutenant Kelly O'Shaughnessy enlists Moore's help. Neither woman realizes that they are joining forces to find a serial killer from both their childhoods.

After spending thirty years in prison, Earl Sykes is back in Wildwood where he expects to die soon of cancer, but not before he resumes the vicious abductions and murders that he enjoyed before being sent to jail for unrelated charges. He finds the chemical landfill where he earlier disposed of the bodies is still a gaping hole, waiting for more sacrifices.

18 Seconds is a powerful thriller with captivating main characters. Suspenseful and fast paced, the plot comes together with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. Shuman's blog promises a return to Wildwood in a sequel which he is currently writing, and invites readers to play the 18 Seconds computer game at

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