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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.

PRAISE FOR 'THE BLINDS'

“Adam Sternbergh is a genre-bender of the highest caliber. Part thriller, part Western, part pulpy whodunit, The Blinds is a propulsive and meaningful meditation on redemption and loss. It’s witty, electrifying, vivid, and thoroughly original.” — DENNIS LEHANE

"A well-written blend of the science fiction, western and crime genres. An intriguing premise, strong narrative hooks and a brisk pace make this a riveting read." —THE GUARDIAN

"Sternbergh’s characters are intriguing, his plot is suspenseful and his outlook is endearingly dark. . . . Read it and weep. Or laugh. Or both. Sternbergh is an original, grandly irreverent writer." WASHINGTON POST

"Crackles with noirish delights. . . . Sternbergh writes a beautiful sentence, even when the subject is mayhem, and he has a talent for lean, propulsive plotting." — NEWSWEEK

"A tense, broiling, 21st-century Western with a crafty premise... Every time the reader thinks this story’s turning right, it takes a hard left. But it never wanders in circles, and it does move like a championship stock car toward a climax that, however shattering, implies there’s more to come.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS (★STARRED REVIEW)

"The Blinds ponders the question of whether a well-intentioned present can be separated from an unforgivable past....  [It] doesn’t explicitly ask these questions, nor does it offer a single answer. But it impels the reader to ask them, which is exactly what enduring novels do." — PASTE MAGAZINE

"Cleverly improvising on the chord changes common to classic westerns (especially High Noon) and evoking the locked-room horror of Jim Thompson’s The Getaway, Sternbergh shows again why he is one of the most inventive thriller writers working today."—BOOKLIST (★STARRED REVIEW)

"The Blinds is fast-paced and smartly plotted, its action rising in a well-orchestrated crescendo to a climax at once gripping and morally provocative."QUILL & QUIRE (★STARRED REVIEW)

"A thrilling Western unlike any you've read before." — VULTURE

"A quick-paced story of crime and deception." — DALLAS MORNING NEWS

The Blinds is brilliantly original. Fast-paced, ranging, and inventive, Adam Sternbergh’s restless imagination once again conjures characters and scenarios with heartbreaking insight, peril, and startling stakes. Readers take heed; this is a hell of a ride.” — SMITH HENDERSON, AUTHOR OF FOURTH OF JULY CREEK

“Adam Sternbergh tops my list of drop-everything-and-read novelists. With hints of Charles Willeford and Philip K. Dick, and rendered with achingly beautiful prose, The Blinds plucks the strings of Sternbergh’s favored themes-identity, loss, meta-reality-creating a symphony of noirish grit and improbable grace.” — GREGG HURWITZ, AUTHOR OF ORPHAN X AND NOWHERE MAN

"Guilt, memory, and redemption swirl through this inventive science-fiction-based thriller."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The Blinds is a wild, fever-dream of a novel. Posing questions about the power-and peril-of running from the past, Sternbergh’s vivid vision and the people he brings to life will haunt you long after you turn the shocking final pages.” — JULIA DAHL, AUTHOR OF INVISIBLE CITY AND CONVICTION

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