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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Caroline Street Press, LLC (January 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1105126196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1105126192
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,777,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I recommend this book for all readers who want to be entertained and held captive until the mystery is solved." - Confessions of a Reader Book Review Blog

From the Author

After surviving the conspiracy, violence and ennui of the snowy Midwest in Pilate's Cross, Pilate's Key (Book Two in the John Pilate series) finds John Pilate, his imaginary pal Simon and some new friends on the beach (and in big trouble) in Key West. So fix yourself a boat drink, apply some sunscreen and get ready for a boatload of intrigue, mystery and smart alecky remarks.

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 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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The other characters in the book are well presented and lend an interesting and substantial element throughout the story.
The Kindle Book Review
Knowing that this is a John Pilate Mystery, you can’t really shake off that feeling that author Greenwood is just trying to surfeit you with his clever foreshadowing.
Meghan
Think of a very skittish pinball machine and you're pretty close as Pilate tries to settle into his new local and negotiate the sidewalks and waterways of Key West.
Donna Coomer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Walker on January 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love reading this series. I find myself thinking about the story line as I am driving down the road or waiting in the Doctor's office. The story becomes real enough that you actually start pondering what the next move should be for Mr. Pilate or if you should call up Kate and fill her in on what is going on.
Love it and cannot wait for Pilate's Ghost!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shortage on March 5, 2012
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Pilate holds on to his oft intrusive demon ( at least when the meds don't wear off.). Here we meet the real hero - not a shining knight in armor, but with cleverly applied defenses like being clad in aluminum foil. Pilate's past and present conspire to move his future along in unusual and sometimes twisted ways. Well intentioned at every turn, Pilate makes a series of poor judgements which will affect his future choices on many levels. Mistakes, although altruistic, create fascinating challenges for John to resolve while the reader watches from the second seat of the roller coaster. This book will establish another fan base eager to see what will happen to Pilate - what he can get into - what he can get out of. Pilates will never recover from his adventures unscathed, but you, the reader, will relish ever step of how he deftly moves through each book with eager anticipation. You will walk away from this book unscathed, but upon reflection you'll say "I want more! And more you will receive. And soon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By younggary on February 15, 2012
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I read Pilate's Key on a bumpy plane ride recently, and it completely took my mind off my white-knuckled peril. This book is a trip. There's just the right balance of drama, comedy, and intrigue to move the plot along quickly.

The characters are well drawn -- especially the protagonist John Pilate, who has a George Clooney (ala Coen Brothers) quality. The cast of supporting characters are equally compelling -- including a sultry bartender, a salty old coot named Taters, and Simon, the snarky voice in Pilate's head.

I loved the setting in Key West. Years ago, I spent a day there but remembered little -- except for Hemingway's 6-toed cats. This book is well-researched and provides a great sense of place.

Pilate's Key has hung with me -- long after that plane ride. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on July 1, 2012
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After a near death encounter in Nebraska John Pilate is temporarily re-locating to Key West Florida to write a book about his experience. He is a man who seems to find himself involved in circumstances beyond his control. In Key West he becomes inadvertently entangled in the death of a stranger and becomes immersed in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

This story is excellently crafted and written with a cast of characters that lend to the successful progression of the story. John Pilate is a character that has definite flaws but is endearing at the same time. Some of the decisions he makes are questionable however his overall compassion and sense of goodness shine thru. His inner voice "Simon" is a clever and humorous addition to the story which I really enjoyed.

The character known as "Taters" contributed much humor and calmness to the story as Pilate befriends and ultimately involves him in his exploits. The other characters in the book are well presented and lend an interesting and substantial element throughout the story.

The descriptive writing of the streets and happenings in Key West Florida was impressive and totally brought that tropical feel along with the history of Key West to the surface. The research put into this book is evident and definitely brings a sense of believability and charm to the story.

The mystery/suspense is well thought out and presented in a way that kept me focused and interested. The story flowed seamlessly with twists and turns in every direction keeping me totally engaged.

I recommend this book for all readers who want to be entertained and held captive until the mystery is solved.

Marilou George - The Kindle Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Girl on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a crush on John Pilate!

Pilate's Key is the second John Pilate mystery thriller I've read (2 in the series of 2 so far!). I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the shenanigans that John Pilate continued to get himself into. The descriptions of the characters and easy-to-follow storyline make this a great book to read when you DON'T want to fall asleep at night or when you need a fix of Key West humidity.

I can't wait for Pilate's Ghost and a host of new characters who will only bring out the best in John Pilate and his friend Simon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monique on March 21, 2012
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This book has great characters, mystery, love, and an ending that leaves you wanting more. I could not put it down! I can't wait to see what adventures John will have in the next book . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KCGal on March 9, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Pilate's Cross" and am happy to report that "Pilate's Key" is even better. The plot and writing was tighter and sharper. Alex's description of Key West had me thinking that I was enjoying a tropical drink while staring at my dead grass. I liked the romantic conflict between his Nebraska sweetheart and the cop; both John and his paramour had hidden agendas. This is an easy read, but don't take that to mean there's just light talent in Alex's creation. This story is fun, interesting, and delivers a few surprises, too. I can't wait for "Pilate's Ghost" as well as the next character and story Alex has to tell.
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