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"...a great story, tight writing, and the return of a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's like re-connecting with old friends, and there is something comforting about that." - Eden Baylee, Author of Stranger at Sunset

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Please note: You DO NOT have to read previous books in the John Pilate Series to enjoy this book! It is a stand-alone mystery-thriller. Thanks for reading!

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  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caroline Street Press; First edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M9MM42
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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," "Pilate's Blood" and "Pilate's 7."

"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'. 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.

Book five, "Pilate's 7," represents a departure for the John Pilate Mystery Series. Instead of a full-length novel, it is a compilation of seven short stories spotlighting characters in the world of the series. In this unique installment John Pilate isn't the center of attention, but his presence is keenly felt in stories featuring his friends, family and even a few enemies. "Pilate's 7" promises bite-sized new insights, backstory and even a few "Easter eggs" for the John Pilate Mystery fan.

Notable Awards:

2011 Global Ebook Award Nominee ("Pilate's Cross")

2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story Award: Best Story ("Obsidian")

2012 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller ("Pilate's Key")

2013 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller ("Pilate's Ghost")

2013, 2014, 2015 Shelf Unbound Magazine Page Turner/Notable Book Awards for John Pilate Series

2015 Books Go Social Finalist for Best Book ("Pilate's Blood")

"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 is haunted. He's haunted by his personal demons, by his past mistakes, and seemingly by the specter of one Jack Lindstrom. Dr. Lindstrom had served as the President of tiny Cross College until John Pilate started uncovering some of Lindstrom's less than savory dealings. It was thought that Lindstrom committed suicide after jumping bail rather than face judgment for his crimes. But John was never 100% satisfied that the corpse found in Lindstrom's winter home in Naples was Jack Lindstrom. The unnerving phone call he received on his wedding day convinced him to keep a watch over his shoulder as he begins the promotional tour for his newly released book about the murders and other crimes tied to Cross College.

I could NOT put the book down. I kept going, page after edge-of-my-seat page, well into the wee hours of the morning. Fans of the John Pilate series will be thrilled with the culmination of the wild tales that started when Pilate moved to a tiny town in Nebraska.
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Probably one of the best, well-crafted mystery suspense novels I’ve read in a long while, J. Alexander Greenwood’s ‘Pilate’s Ghost’ is a satisfying follow-up to the first two books in this series. As always, the writing’s crisp, the tension crafted tightly and well, and it immediately dunks your head in its edge-of-your-seat constant sense of urgency.

Something’s utterly wrong about the facts surrounding the death of Jack Lindstrom, the late president of Tiny Cross College, and it’s up to John Pilate to stab a determined finger at what’s really giving people the screaming mimies. But Pilate himself isn’t actually leading a normal life—he’s saddled by his own personal demons, as he cliché goes, and the mere task of solving the mystery of Jack Lindstrom’s death feels essentially Herculean. Yet, like the walking wounded, Pilate carries on, and the way he suffers through it all is a major part of why this character deeply fascinates me.

I love how Pilate is hounded by something like Simon—it reminds me of ‘Dexter’ and the way the spectre of his father (Harry) continues hounding him about “Harry’s Code”, or Eric McCormack’s ‘Perception’ in the way he is constantly interacting with things or people that later turn out to be part of his hallucinations, yet these hallucinations provide vital clues that eventually lead to the solution. But nevertheless, Greenwood’s John Pilate is different—he has his own emotional gravitas that are at times so compelling you can palpably feel his pain. And of course, there’s the writing—deeply entertaining, as always, with Greenwood deftly pushing the right buttons at the right time just to provoke the reader to keep on turning the pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Hurtt on January 19, 2013
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Jason, beg your pardon but...(I thought I'd already done a review!).

Someone wrote that he/she thought Pilates Ghost was one of the best books they'd read all year (a Dec 2012 review). I'll tell you this, Pilates Cross, Key, and Ghost are the *three* best novels I've read since the first one ("Cross") came out! I didn't really know what to expect with "Ghost" other than it may have had something to do with a character from a previous book. I got kinda slowed down with the first few pages because it was like a prelude to me since I'd read both "Cross" and "Key," but it took hold and I just had to hold on. John thinks, I believe, that he has Simon right where he wants him. Like, "YEAH, RIGHT!"

I'm quite sure that Simon will titillate John toward a new vista of Pilate mysteries in the near future. By the way, as good as "Ghost" was, for sheer absolute intrigue I did like "Key" best. Yup, we need some more John Pilate mysteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Yaquinta on December 20, 2012
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This book was fairly good. I did not read the earlier books in the series, so some of the references to past events I did not understand. Enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eden on November 3, 2014
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I read and reviewed Pilate's Ghost, the 3rd book in Mr. Greenwood's (John Pilate Mystery series) when it came out two years ago, but for reasons unknown to me, it disappeared from this site. At the time, I thought Ghost was the final in the series, but I'm thrilled to say another has come out. Good thing Mr. Greenwood listened to his fans and wrote another!

Writing from memory, I will try to recapture a few points of what I liked most about Pilate's Ghost.

Pilate's Ghost was more serious than the first two books, and I'd suggest reading the series in order, but it's not absolutely necessary to do so to follow the storyline.

In Ghost, John Pilate, the protag has matured. He is life weary, and who wouldn't be after what he's been through? Life threatening experiences, marriage, kids, and working for a living tend to temper one's humour. It was my favorite of the series, probably because I considered John too 'smart-alecky' at times in the first two books. That attitude, though, was often a cover-up for something else, and that comes more to light in this book.

John Pilate is haunted by his past mistakes. He must try to do right by them. Thankfully, Simon is still around, John's faithful 'sidekick,' who manages to keep him grounded and drive him crazy at the same time.

It was also great to see the return of Taters, a formidable character and someone everyone should know and have as a friend.

Needless to say, a great story, tight writing, and the return of a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's like re-connecting with old friends, and there is something comforting about that.
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