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The Grove [Kindle Edition]

John Rector
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The last time farmer Dexter McCray went off his medication, someone wound up dead. So, after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, things begin to look worryingly familiar.

With no alibi and a creeping suspicion that he might be to blame for the girl’s death, Dexter decides to investigate the crime himself. He can’t tell anyone. Not his friend, the sheriff, nor his estranged wife, whose love he’s desperate to win back. And certainly not the Tollivers, his redneck neighbors.

Now, isolated and alone, Dexter turns to the only person he believes he can trust: the dead girl herself.

In this gritty noir novel, John Rector weaves an intensely sinister tale that pits reality against hallucination, truth against improbability. Is Dexter motivated by guilt or insanity? And what really happened that night in The Grove?

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Praise For The Grove:

"Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling." - David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner

"Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it." - Sean Doolittle, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer

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: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597132
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Good May 25, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
The author's tight writing style makes this psychological thriller very high impact. The Grove is the story of troubled Dex McCray, who finds the body of a young girl on his farm. Dex doesn't report it because he realizes he may have done the murder. He hasn't been taking his medicine and has blackouts. The realistic dialog and straightforward narration creates interesting characters and vivid relationships as Dex tries to solve the crime while spiraling deeper into mental illness. I found the story so captivating that I could not put it down. This is a very satisfying and intense read. If you are looking for a page turner it doesn't get much better than this.
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, lean, disturbing read! May 25, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is one of those great

-late night-can't put it down til it's done-3am finish-oversleep with nightmares-late to work-think about it all the next day-books....

It caught my interest on the first page, and then I was HOOKED by the end of the first chapter.
Haunting images that stayed with me for days after.....

The textured layers and splinters of relationships, friendships,conflicts,loyalties, even the blossoming relationship with a dead girl drew me further and further in to McCrays world.....

Just when I thought we couldn't go any deeper into McCray's 'breakdown' (if he is even having a breakdown that is)..... the author shows us another staircase headed down, down, down... the pace quickens, the tension builds...

and when it was all over,I am left surprised, shocked, and craving more from this author.
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115 of 138 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did Dexter Do it? Do You Really Care? September 16, 2010
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This book was highly touted by Amazon and there were mostly 5 star ratings so I took a chance on it. The book is about the thoughts of a person who is not always "all there." Dexter is a farmer who had been in jail for killing someone several years earlier. He is supposed to take medication to control the times he experiences "blackouts" where he later can't remember what he did.

After one of those blackouts, Dexter goes looking for his missing tractor and finds a dead teenage girl (Jessica) near it. He does not know what happened to her and is not quite sure if he did the deed during his blackout period. Fearing alerting the authorities he decides to investigate what happened to her on his own.

All through the book the spirit of the dead girl seems to "appear" to him, telling him what to do. Anyone who has seen A Beautiful Mind can see where this might be leading. Dexter has to deal with his friend Greg, who is the Sheriff and his estranged wife, while trying to track down information on the girl.

He periodically visits her body and tries futile attempts to prevent scavengers from attacking the body. The book plods along from there and the reader never really cares about Dexter nor the mystery of what actually happened to Jessica. Sometimes her spirit is totally vindictive, telling Dexter to do bad things. This also turns the reader off to her.

The main saving grace of the book is that it is fairly short with a lot of blank pages between chapters and it could be easily read in a couple of sittings.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very deep psychological thriller September 22, 2010
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This book is very impressive as long as you know the world you are entering when starting it. It is not a story full of plot or a multitude of characters. Instead it happens over a mere couple of days and is told totally through the mind of our main character Dexter McCray. Author John Rector does a very impressive job here by pulling the reader in from page one and then providing a very satisfying read. The story begins with Dexter waking from an alcoholic blackout and his best friend the sheriff stopping by. Seems Dexter took a wild ride in his tractor and his friend wants to help him get it out of a ditch. But Dexter wants to figure out what happened in his latest blackout. Hre investigates and finds a dead girl and automatically thinks he did it. But he wants to investigate further his steps from the night before. He does get some added assistance and advice along the way - from the dead girl herself no less. As Dexter ventures forth we learn a lot about his past but enough is left unexplained to keep things mysterious. We know he has a drinking problem and blacks out often. We know he has a wife who just left the night before for she had finally had too much. We learn the sheriff, Dexter's best friend, puts much time in making sure his troubled friend is ok. Most importantly we find out that Dexter is prescribed a medication that will still his thoughts, silence his crazy imagination and center him. But alas the pills also dull Dexter and this he does not like. He is not taking the pills as the story begins and struggles with them throughout the book. We never find out his true diagnosis or why he is seeing ghosts. Is it mental illness? Does he have a gift? Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly tight debut May 29, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
John Rector's writing style is refreshingly tight and defies genre placement. In his debut novel, the author mixes equal parts of psychological thriller, whodunit, and chiller to create a real page turner of a story.

He brings you into the life of Dexter McCray as he wakes up from a blackout, finds his wife gone, the sheriff making coffee, his tractor driven into a ditch, and a dead girl in his field that the sheriff doesn't know about.

From Dex's point of view, things don't look so good. He's gone off his medication, and he has a history, so he decides to do a little investigating on his own. Dex finds it increasingly difficult to keep it together long enough to figure things out as he plumbs his own depths. The dead girl, Jessica, seems to want to help. But she is also rapidly deteriorating, and in more ways than one.

How this all comes together seems readily apparent, but not all is as it seems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars sort of out there
Sort of out there but interesting. Not long and drawn out, basically a quick horror story. Decently told with a little bit of anticipation at the end.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Cannot believe that.I actually finished it. Started to read, then decided to "file" it. Then began to again,and only finished it to first impression. Read more
Published 23 days ago by montana
4.0 out of 5 stars Delusion and madness in the grove
Dex had some severe mental issues in the past. Someone died. After a judge ordered vacation and electro-shock treatments, he is much better now. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
This book is well-written. The suspense and storyline had me hooked. I had to keep reading as I like the character was so confused on what was reality and what was not. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Becky
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
This was a quick read. I wish that there was more of a plot though. It felt rushed and incomplete. I would recommend this to a young reader, around middle school age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Lauren Barill
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Probably my favorite book. Outstanding twists and turns. Incredible quality for a seemingly unheard-of author.
Published 1 month ago by Tyler Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome story line. Kept me entertained and white knucked to the ending.
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Nickolopoulos
4.0 out of 5 stars The grove
A little Wierd but good. Keeps you thinking he did the murders. Really glad The character finally got help. Kept me waiting for the next thing to happen.
Published 1 month ago by Pauletta Mathley
3.0 out of 5 stars Jessica in The Grove
I don't usually read stories like The Grove. I wanted to stop reading several times, but my curiosity kept me reading this mind bending story. Very unique & somewhat scary.
Published 2 months ago by Margo
5.0 out of 5 stars The author is brilliant. This is the second book I read written ...
Kept me enthralled from start to finish. The author is brilliant. This is the second book I've read written by John Rector and he hasn't disappointed me yet.
Published 2 months ago by Maggie Dove
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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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The Grove at $200.00?!
That's exactly what I put in my email to Amazon's tech support. I haven't heard back from them yet, but I assume they're going to fix it asap... at least I hope so.

Sorry for the mixup.
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