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2012 International Thriller Award Nominee
Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet--even ordinary. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. In Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.
A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rector’s third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man who has nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his ring finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried, and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.
With taut and brooding prose, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed man’s slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vicelike grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate explosive climax.
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Praise For Already Gone:"Swift and savage and smart, Rector's thriller delivers high tension with low-key ease, underscoring the way bad karma can disrupt a good life. Literary in the best, most unpretentious sense, Already Gone is superior pulp in the grand James M. Cain tradition." Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition
Books are like houses. Some houses, you can tell right away they're about to collapse at any moment and you need to scramble out quick. Other houses may seem OK at first, but then you realize that maybe the ceiling's too low, or there's not enough natural light in the living room, or the floors creak too much. Finally, there are some houses that are expertly crafted, both in terms of structural integrity and design. But the problem is, you've been inside dozens of houses just like it. Zzzzz.
And then you have houses like the ones John Rector builds...you can't help but marvel at how much weight is supported by his lean, spare sentences. The whole thing should collapse--but doesn't.
Read the rest of this review at http://www.kindlepost.com/2011/10/the-call-is-coming-from-inside-the-house.html.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.
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