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Pilate's Ghost (John Pilate Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

J. Alexander Greenwood
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When a shadowy enemy rises from the dead, and the heavy hand of a guilty past weighs on his marriage, John Pilate must master his own fear and marshal his resources to defend his family and his life. Soon he discovers he isn't the only one fighting a desperate battle, and that not all ghosts from his past are hostile...

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Book 3 of the acclaimed John Pilate Mysteries. Get Book 1: "Pilate's Cross" and Book 2: "Pilate's Key" on Amazon and wherever ebooks are sold.

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About the Author

The grandson of the late, award-winning historical fiction novelist Robert E. Trevathan (Ballanger, Red River Angel), independent author Alex Greenwood's writing experience includes feature articles, news and crime stories syndicated throughout the nation in numerous publications.

Greenwood won the 2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story competition for his popular story Obsidian (available on He is collaborating with artist David Terrill on the multimedia application What The Gardener Saw--incorporating Terrill's images and concept with Greenwood's story.

Greenwood resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and daughter.

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  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caroline Street Press; First edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M9MM42
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Way to Wrap Up a Series! Could NOT Put It Down October 31, 2012
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet In The Trilogy! December 6, 2012
By Mtwillo
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Although I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books, Pilate's Ghost was the most riveting for me and I was sorry to have the book end. The John Pilate/Simon character is interesting supported by the introduction of new characters and the evolution of existing characters from the prior books. I hope there is a fourth! If not, J.Alexander Greenwood should definitely consider writing another series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pilate's Ghost December 3, 2012
By ginny
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The third of the John Pilate series is even more enthralling than the other two. Mr. Greenwood gets better with each new book. Anyone who enjoys mystery will love this. I turned everything except the lights off, so I wouldn't be disturbed for the last third of the book. Love it.
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More About the Author

J. Alexander Greenwood is author of the award-nominated John Pilate Mystery Series; including "Pilate's Cross," "Pilate's Key" and "Pilate's Ghost."

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...

Greenwood won the 2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story competition for my short story "Obsidian" (available exclusively on 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 or email Greenwood at Alex(at)

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