J. Alexander Greenwood is author of the award-nominated John Pilate Mystery Series; including "Pilate's Cross," "Pilate's Key," "Pilate's Ghost" and "Pilate's Blood."
Nominated for a 2011 Global Ebook Award, "Pilate's Cross" follows newly transplanted college instructor John Pilate, his sardonic imaginary pal Simon and new friend Kate as they investigate the unsolved mystery of a murdered president of Cross College. In too deep to wash his hands of the mystery, he risks his life to get to the truth of what really happened in 1963 and why it's just as deadly more than 40 years later.
The sequel, "Pilate's Key," was published January 2012. The book garnered positive reviews and was named a Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller.
"Pilate's Key" follows John Pilate to the sands of Key West, Florida. On the mend from a near-death experience in the snowy Midwest, John Pilate is taking it easy on the sun-soaked beaches of Key West. Umbrella drink in hand, Pilate is writing a book and getting some much-needed therapy to deal with his imaginary friend Simon. He's also pondering the future with his new love, Kate. Life is looking up for John Pilate...until he is drawn into a world of murder, pirates, conch fritters and smart aleck remarks from invisible men.
One reviewer stated that "The book has an even better cast of characters than Greenwood's last book, 'Pilate's Cross.' Besides all the women mentioned above, Pilate befriends a quirky, local character, Taters, who joins up on his exploits. Taters adds humor and a nice balance to Pilate's neurotic charm. Of course, Simon (the voice in Pilate's head) continues to have a starring role in this book."
A third book in the series, "Pilate's Ghost," was released on Halloween 2012. It was named a 2013 Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller.
From the book jacket:
When a shadowy enemy seemingly rises from the dead, and the heavy hand of a guilty past begins weighing on his marriage, John Pilate must master his own fear and marshal all his resources to defend his family and his life. But he discovers that he isn't the only one fighting a desperate battle, and that not all of the ghosts from his past are hostile...
Book four, "Pilate's Blood" rejoins John Pilate as he reluctantly returns to tiny Cross Township...a place resembling a mutated Mayberry packed with guns, a serious lack of anti-depression meds, a rampaging crime boss and an imaginary friend who won't shut the hell up.
Once a hero, now Pilate is broke, bored and forced to take a job imbued with more authority than the dogcatcher but far less respect. What's worse is there's criminality afoot and nobody to deal with it but Pilate. Sure, things could work out just fine...then again, it may come down to spilling Pilate's Blood...Thicker Than Water, Twice As Deadly.
Greenwood won the 2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story competition for my short story "Obsidian" (available exclusively on Amazon.com) and released the horror short story "A Debt of Fire" in 2013.
"Greenwood offers a fresh take on the mystery thriller with his John Pilate Series. His novels are populated with flawed and neurotic--yet instantly-likable--characters who find themselves thrown into maddeningly entertaining situations. Greenwood writes fun, accessible fiction that leaves readers asking for more."
- Jason McIntyre, author of On The Gathering Storm and Thalo Blue
He also wrote the nonfiction bestseller, "Kickstarter Success Secrets."
For more information and for book club discounts and appearances, visit PilatesCross.com or email Greenwood at Alex(at)AlexGPR.com.