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"I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil the story, should you read it. While stories of this nature absolutely freak me out (and always have), I still love them and can't stop reading them (as in I always look for more, and once I start one, I stay up until I finish the book even if it's 3 am. Sometimes because I am too freaked out to sleep and have to know what is going to happen at the end!)." - PracticalFrugality.com

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Our "hero" John Pilate is an average guy dealing with some above-average troubles: a broken relationship, getting his career back on track and oh yes--clinical depression that manifests itself in the form of a doppelganger only Pilate can see or hear.

This is exacerbated by Pilate's habit of accidentally slipping into trouble, by virtue of his curiosity, big mouth or both. And yes, there are some traits that I share with Pilate, but I'm not telling which ones.

I hope you enjoy the book and will read the sequels, Pilate's KeyPilate's Ghost, Pilate's Blood and Pilate's 7.  Please note: You DO NOT have to read previous books in the John Pilate Series to enjoy them. Each is a stand-alone mystery-thriller. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Caroline Street Press, LLC (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055743047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557430475
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,682,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
www.TheFarthestReaches.com

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Stinson Ross on October 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
John Pilate's life is a total disaster. His wife, Samantha, left him. He's recovering from throat surgery after a cancer scare. Unemployed, broke, and off his anti-depressants, he's desperately in need of a second chance. But second chances aren't what they are cracked up to be when a new job offers the opportunity to start over again. The tiny township of Cross is anything but the sleepy little college town it seems to be. The loose ends of a 40 year old murder/suicide are triggering some strange events. The crypt of a prominent family is desecrated, and the local mortician is beat within an inch of his life. An outsider with no chance of ever fitting in, John Pilate finds himself in deep and will risk his life to uncover the truth in this gripping murder mystery by J. Alexander Greenwood.

For me, Pilate's Cross was a total winner. When I first read it several months ago, I was along for the ride with John Pilate, the title character. I was as in the dark as much as he was. Greenwood kept me guessing until the very end. I picked it up a second time to review and was thrilled all over again. Greenwood weaves a depth of detail throughout the book that can only be caught on a second reading once you know what's really going on. Full of humor and oh-so-quotable quips, it's a no-brainer purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on September 13, 2011
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This is the story of John Pilate. He is a college professor, teaching at a college in the small midwestern town of Cross, Nebraska. (I live in a small midwestern town, only in Oklahoma....crime stories set in towns like mine freak me out!). Pilate isn't the most popular person in town, by any means, and he is bored....until he stumbles on a murder conspiracy from about 40 years previous (JFK Assassination era). Obviously the county sheriff gets his toes stepped on and is keeping a close eye on him. Eventually they begin working together, and find MORE strange things (I don't want to spoil anything!).

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil the story, should you read it. While stories of this nature absolutely freak me out (and always have), I still love them and can't stop reading them (as in I always look for more, and once I start one, I stay up until I finish the book even if it's 3 am. Sometimes because I am too freaked out to sleep and have to know what is going to happen at the end!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LisaFD on April 26, 2012
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I downloaded Pilates Cross, after a friend recommended it- It was a great airplane read-a fast-paced plot, decidedly quirky characters, which are my favorite kind, and colorful descriptions that put the reader in the middle of of the frozen Midwest during the gray days of winter and early Spring- Greenwood has obviously lived in that part of the country!

This story is a fast read, that leaves the reader wondering what other adventures will befall John Pilate and his not- quite-real sidekick Simon- is Simon a hallucination? A ghostly help-mate? Or, as Greenwood describes, a vision born of skipping necessary medication? You hope this isn't the end of John's story-- He naturally attracts calamity and adventure - so I anticipate another tightly - crafted story starring John Pilate-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2011
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Although I enjoyed J. Alexander Greenwood's novel Pilate's Cross, I have to admit that I do have one complaint: it was too short. Mr. Greenwood came up with and developed a nice story line, with interesting characters, while managing to squeeze in layers of suspense, action, and even a little romance. I really enjoyed that Mr. Greenwood made the book more than just a "who done it" mystery, with his connections to civil rights, segregation, and small town politics. The problem is, I wanted more. I wanted to spend more time with Pilate, Simon, Kate, Kara, and Scovill. Pilate's Cross could have been twice as long and still remained the enjoyable, fast paced story it is. Nice job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Girl on May 2, 2012
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I love quirky John Pilate. He just can't seem to stay out of trouble and his inner voice, Simon is a hoot with his "oh, behave" attitude (NOT!). The first in a series of mystery thrillers that is sprinkled with true crime references and family history, I enjoyed this introduction to Alex's storytelling and John Pilate's manliness and devil-may-care attitude.

If you want to get in on the ground floor and really get to know a character, Pilate's Cross is the way to go. It would be great for bookclubs, too!

See you in The Keys, John Pilate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Walker on December 30, 2011
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I read this book in 2 days. I found myself looking for free moments so I could jump back into the story. The nice part is, when I was interrupted, I was able to get back into the story quickly. It didnt take pages to figure out where I left off. It was entertaining, humorous and the twists at the end were definitely unexpected. I am looking forward to Pilate's Key!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeangleason on July 27, 2012
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I was not sure what to expect when I started reading this book but was intrigued by the title and plot. As it turns out, I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and wit and could not wait to read the second book in the series. If you have not check them out, I highly recommend them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Icequeen on January 10, 2012
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I was given a free copy of this book to review.

John Pilate has had it rough, he's on a one way ride to self destruction, until he moves to Cross as a replacement teacher. At Cross College, small Midwestern land-grant college, John hopes to redeem himself. He is intrigued when given information concerning a murder that took place in 1963 at the college, but he didn't bank on what was to unfold.

The author, J. Alexander Greenwood, has done a great job of turning the underdog into a hero. The story is believable, the characters are life like, and the setting is like any almost forgotten town in backwoods America. The book is a good read, but it does need a little TLC in the editing department. There are quite a few typos, some formatting problems, and the writing in the beginning of the book is a little choppy. I almost put it down, but because it was actually a decent story I muddled through the beginning, and continued reading. Once I got to about the middle of the book things started to flow nicely and I was glad I convinced myself to stick with it.

Pilate's Cross is a good read for those that like mysteries and intrigue. It would be a great read with a little tender loving care in the editing department. I'll be keeping my eyes out for the sequel, Pilate's Key, which takes John Pilate to the Florida Keys.
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