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Lost Things: A Novella (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

John Rector
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Book Description

2013 International Thriller Award Winner

Evan Teller has everything going for him: a good job, a beautiful fiancée, and the prospect of making partner at his firm. But it all comes crashing down one dark night on an empty street, when one bad decision turns his dream life into a nightmare of cover-ups and lies.

What begins as a celebration with his old college friend, Peter, ends with a deadly confrontation so heinous the two make a pact to never tell anyone about it—especially the police. The truth has a way of getting out, however, and when the trail of bodies doesn’t stop at just one, Evan realizes the truth about Peter may be far more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

Lost Things is a taut, suspenseful tale of secrets, lies, and murder that builds to a shattering, surprising climax.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author John Rector:

”John Rector piques our curiosity at every page turn and leaves us hanging at each chapter ending.” -New York Journal of Books

”Its time to get on board, before Rector stops being "the next big thing" and becomes the phenomenon he deserves to be.” -Los Angeles Review of Books

"Swift and savage and smart, Rector (writes)...superior pulp in the grand James M. Cain tradition." Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

"(John Rector is) a novelist who I consider to be one of the very best new writers to enter the scene in a very long time... John Rector is a game changer." - Spinetingler Magazine

”A bestselling author who doesn’t make us embarrassed to have his books on our shelves.”- The Nerd of Noir

”Rector brings some really impressive writing and strong characters into a genre that is often teeming with contrived, cringe-worthy dialogue and flat, unoriginal characters.”- Baltimore Reads

”(Rector’s) consistent excellence in storytelling is already proving his calling card.”- Books and Writer’s

”John Rector writes a lean, mean mystery.”- Lincoln Journal Star

”If Rector came out with a book tomorrow, it would be at the top of my “to-be-read” list by nightfall! He has refined his craft, opening new possibilities for the future. Wherever he goes, I’ll follow.”- Grift Magazine

About the Author

John Rector is the #1 bestselling author of The Grove, Lost Things, The Cold Kiss, and the International Thriller Award Nominated Already Gone. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the Porterhouse Prize.

He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Product Details

  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, tense and leaves you numb... July 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rector is the best at lean, sparse writing and LOST THINGS is no exception.

He continues his great work with this little nugget of fast, tense noir that will leave you breathless. A simple story of friendship that one night ends up going terribly wrong... you never really know someone, even the best of friends. The lies build and build as they try to hide the truth and then spiral out of control as the story crashes to its numbing yet very satisfying conclusion.

Great work as always from Mr. Rector.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar offering from John Rector July 10, 2012
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It's a tale everyone knows. That one moment in your life that you wish you had made a different choice, done something differently, not done something at all, that is the foundation of Rector's new novella, "Lost Things".

The book's main characters have been friends for as long as either can remember, but sometimes in a flash, you realize you might not know someone as well as you thought you did. This is the problem that faces Evan from the first chapter, and continues to haunt him throughout the story.

"Lost Things" is a combination of the thriller/mysteries that Alfred Hitchcock played out on the silver screen, and another part violent, action based dramas that you would expect from the likes of Quentin Tarantino. The book flows at a fast pace and grips the reader from chapter one.

In his fourth novel, Rector again shows his uncanny ability to write characters and scenarios that connect with the reader, that make the reader feel what the character is feeling. Through all the fear, loathing, ups, downs, pain and anguish, you are right there along for the ride, not knowing where the next page will take you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced and Raw July 22, 2012
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LOST THINGS is a propulsive, intense, and dark novella penned by John Rector. The narrative focuses on a group of friends and how their night (and friendship) is irrevocably changed after a seemingly random mugging in an alley.

Fans of the author are probably familiar with his lean, minimalist style. Rector does well by pushing the narrative forward using dialog; he essentially gives readers what they NEED to know and lets the audience's imagination fill in the details. While it is a pretty brief read, it never feels as if Rector is rushing -- the characters feel fully realized. The only real gripe that I have lies in some of the protagonist's actions and motivations. There are a few key moments that feel as if the character is acting like a character in a book would. This mode is inconsistent with a lot of Rector's realism, and it took me out of the story a few times.

I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and gritty thriller. Fan of noirs? Fan of thrillers? Fan of suspense? Check LOST THINGS out; at $1.99, this feels like a steal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING! July 18, 2012
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I'm not usually a fan of the short story format, but this one had me riveted from the start. I read the entire story in two sittings which I rarely do anymore. (I have twin two-year-olds, so I'm sure you can imagine why.)

What happens with Evan. . . and eventually between Evan and Peter. . . is horrific--and something I can see easily happening between friends given their circumstances and backgrounds. . . which makes the story more horrific.

This was a great introduction to Rector's work. I'll certainly be buying more of his titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rector At His Best July 22, 2012
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Since his first novel was published a couple of years ago, I've considered John Rector to be one of the more promising new authors writing in the fields of noir and horror; and with this particular novella, the man has fully and completely *arrived*.

LOST THINGS is a disturbing, tightly written, superbly suspenseful confection about a man who decides to tell an opportune lie of omission -- a single mistake that afterwards threatens to unravel his entire life.

Reading this story literally kept me awake: I started it at bedtime, intending to limit myself to a few pages before drifting off to sleep. It was with some alarm that I looked up later to see that it was already 1 AM, and I (and the story) were still going strong.

Some people may complain that the ending was a touch too sudden, or a mite too open-ended; while I can appreciate that point of view, the thrill-ride that got me to that ending was so well crafted, and so deeply felt, that any complaining seems like nitpicking to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Suspense - MUST READ July 23, 2012
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EXCELLENT! This is the first, but definitely not the last, time I have read anything by John Rector. I am about to order every book I can find on Amazon, regardless of the subject matter. Yes, it is THAT good. If you like Dean Koontz or early Stephen King, you will love this one. It has just the right amount of suspense, creepiness, and character development to draw you in and make you care about the main guy (and a couple of the supporting team). It also gives a nice background into the psyche of the bad guy, so that you understand WHY/HOW he could go from a seemingly "normal" guy next door to the cold and calculating monster he becomes. CORRECTION - who he was all along. That is really important to me. It wasn't just one major traumatic experience....there were a few (and you wonder how many others that he just didnt choose to share with his best friend), so we can almost understand and even empathize with the lunatic. I also loved how things unfolded for the main character once he started sliding down that slippery slope we have all perched upon and that was a complete joy, albeit scary, to experience. Reminds me of the book A Simple Plan (and subsequent movie starring Bill Paxton) where an ordinary guy takes one tiny step in the wrong direction (for the right reasons) and his life unravels violently and quickly from that moment until the end of the book. I do not know this author and seldom write reviews (although I am a voracious reader), but this book deserved it so I took the time to write it. I have not so much as washed a DISH in the two days I took reading this short story and I wash dishes every day (kids). Anyway, I am going to do a few household chores before I buy the next book. Who knows when I will come up for air next time?! Looking for a full length feature now. BUY THIS BOOK. To read it is to love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
decent story
Published 5 months ago by METoland
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
I really liked this book. Reminds me of James Patterson. Very witty and a real page Turner.
I will be buying more of John Rector.
Published 7 months ago by Mich's
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
accidental buy.
Published 7 months ago by Dizzo54
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a good "page turner" to read
My primary complaint is the lack of character development. I am no literary expert. Perhaps this is common to novellas. The plot seemed to unfold a little too fast. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Nowell DDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. I would recommend it
Good Read. I would recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by Jennkifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
morbid story ,fast read, page Turner,not sure I 'll recommend this book to others,the ending really Left you hanging out there.
Published 8 months ago by Joann R McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read but didn't like the ending. Wanted it to be finished one way or the other.
Published 9 months ago by Lauraine De Bortoli
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a page-turner looks like
It is incredible how Rector introduced the story and characters so fully and completely in so few pages. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book!
Published 9 months ago by Phasr
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that I did like. Has a little different end then I did...
This is a book that I did like. Has a little different end
then I did not expect.
Published 9 months ago by Betty Lammers
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More About the Author

JOHN RECTOR is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE GROVE, THE COLD KISS, ALREADY GONE and OUT OF THE BLACK. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the International Thriller Award for his novella LOST THINGS, many of his other stories can be found in his collection THE WALLS AROUND US.

He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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