The astonishing final installment in the page-turning trilogy that Stephen King calls “an authentic work of American genius.”

August 2015


A young boy’s disappearance from the sleepy southern hamlet of Niceville sets off a series of events that will ultimately expose the dark secret festering below the town’s pleasant exterior.


In the town of NICEVILLE people like to say that ‘things go into Crater Sink, but nothing ever comes back out”. This is not exactly true. Nick Kavanaugh, an ex-Special Forces soldier and now a cop, and his wife Kate, a family practice lawyer, will be taken to the limits of sanity by what will come out of Crater Sink, and what is required to make it go back.

The Homecoming

In THE HOMECOMING, Rainey Teague, orphaned by the events of Book One, comes to live with Kate Kavanaugh, over the strong objections of her husband Nick, who can’t shake the feeling that something’s “just not right” with that kid. As it turns out, Nick’s instincts about Rainey Teague are right on the money, as Rainey willingly attaches himself to the malevolent presence that lives in Crater Sink. When Rainey comes down from that mountain-top meeting, he doesn’t come home alone, and what now lives inside him has plans for the town of Niceville and all of its people that reach a shattering crescendo of conflict and supernatural horror in the final pages of The HOMECOMING.

The Reckoning

Niceville has an almost unearthly beauty when the sun tops the ancient nearby mountain called Tallulah’s Wall and bathes it in soft Southern light. But there’s a reason Native American tribes avoided the place: An absence that inhabits the air and the depthless “sink” atop Tallulah’s Wall. This “Nothing” has long bent time and the desires of a chosen few of Niceville’s elite to her shadowy ends.
As THE RECKONING begins, Detective Nick Kavanaugh and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have accepted that reality in Niceville is not normal. They believe they’ve fought Nothing to a draw. But now a buzzing emerges in the heads of some perfectly normal folks. Nothing isn’t finished.
Come to Niceville and sink into Carsten Stroud’s inimitable blend of crime and supernatural thriller, as characters you’ll love throw in with bad guys you’ll like way more than you should as they battle to defeat evil.

Carsten Stroud’s Bio

… has worked in law enforcement and as an investigative journalist, winning – in partnership with his wife, researcher and writer Linda Mair – multiple National Magazine Awards before going on to write New York Times Best-Selling non-fiction books on the NYPD, the US Army, the United States Marshals Service, followed by a series of best-selling thrillers such as Cuba Strait, Black Water Transit, Cobraville, Lizardskin, among many others. Five of his books have been optioned by Hollywood producers including Jerry Bruckheimer and Joe Roth.
The NICEVILLE Trilogy is Carsten Stroud’s ground-breaking new series, a combination ghost story and crime thriller. The rights to the trilogy have sold all over Europe and America . NICEVILLE has been described as a combination of Stephen King and Lee Child with the underlying strangeness of a Coen Brothers film. Stroud lives in Destin Florida with his wife Linda.


“Carsten Stroud’s Niceville Trilogy is an authentic work of American genius,”

“and he saved the best for last. THE RECKONING is brilliantly written and hypnotically readable, but this is really a fan letter. I liked NICEVILLE but didn’t get the full effect until THE HOMECOMING, with its brilliant action set-pieces and remarkable prose, which is part Chandler, part Vonnegut, and all Stroud. I hope these three volumes will be published together, so people can get the full effect and appreciate the richness of the sprawling cast. In my mind, Niceville has earned a place with some of the great destinations in the Land of Make Believe, like Middle Earth, Narnia, and Arkham. I’m amazed by the sheer energy and scope of the thing. Also, there’s a broad and cheerfully bawdy sense of humor at work, and for me that’s the touch of sweet that perfectly sets off the dark chocolate of Abel Teague and Company. It crosses genre boundaries with perfect confidence, jumping the crevasses that swallow lesser writers like Virago over those deadfalls. There’s really nothing like it, and nothing to say but bravo. So…”Bravo!”

PS: I still don’t like Rainey Teague. Or trust him.” – Stephen King

From an excellent premise, Mr. Stroud builds a compulsive narrative which recalls the best of Stephen King, but with a twist—as though Elmore Leonard got ahold of a King manuscript just before it was submitted to the publisher and made some subtle alterations, slightly warping the characters and knocking them off center. Some of the characters in Niceville may leave a nasty taste in the mouth, but the overall composition is hearty and satisfying.
A. J. Kirby, Author
The last time I was so swiftly taken over by a work of fiction was probably when I read THE GAME OF THRONES. Carsten Stroud’s wonderful NICEVILLE isn’t really much like George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel, apart from being equally hard-boiled and engrossing, but it rockets around its deceptively staid southern town, pulling bad guys and worse guys and long-ago misdeeds into a widening and unfolding tale about every kind of wickedness. Somehow it manages to get tighter, nastier, and more delightful as it rolls along toward its lovely and completely black-hearted final pages.
Peter Straub
It’s downright spooky how often folk disappear from Niceville streets and houses. On a more mundane level, though no less disturbingly, horrific crimes are being committed—like the precision-timed bank robbery whose follow-through includes the calculated slaughter of a half-dozen pursuing cops and reporters.
The Wall Street Journal

“darkness flew at him, black wings, razor-edged beaks, claws ripping, yellow eyes with a green light, a crushing force thick with rage and hate. The feeding began” Niceville