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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: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,856,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Life has dealt John Pilate a series of blows that he can't quite overcome before the next one comes along. He is a believable, sympathetic hero struggling to gain his footing in a new job in a very small college located in a very small college town. He gets embroiled in the town's old murder-suicide story more out of boredom than interest until events bring him into the middle of a mystery that is very much alive and kicking. He has to solve the mystery before it kicks him right into an early grave.
The characters and rural environment are well drawn, and the plot is one that held my interest throughout. I look forward to reading the sequel.

Note to the Author: Please tell Mr. Pilate to stop smoking. I worry about his health.
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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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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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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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