THE SHIMMER may well refer to the DayGlo peach-and-teal color scheme of the book that lay underneath the jacket of David Morrell’s latest novel. Or — oh, yeah! — perhaps the plot, which is based on the real-life unexplained phenomena of the “ghost lights” of Marfa, Texas.
As the characters of Morrell’s work experience them, the lights of fictional Rostov are colored and of varying size and luminosity, too low on the horizon to be stars, hovering in the grasslands at night. Their effect is hypnotic on those who are drawn there inexplicably. A hair above imperceptible initially, the lights dance until entranced watchers extend their hands, as if to touch them.