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Pilate's Cross

by J. Alexander Greenwood

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John Pilate always seems to find himself in hot water. In his newest adventure, Pilate's Key, he finds the water warmer than usual as he heads to Key West to write a book and shake off the demons from his recent dramas in Nebraska (read the author's first John Pilate Mysteries -- Pilate's Cross).

Pilate is far from a perfect man, but in fact, that is what makes him so endearing. He seems unaware of his good looks and charm, and how women just tend to find themselves at his mercy. In "Key," Pilate attracts a whole string of women -- from the local bartender to a mystery book-reading woman on the beach to one of Key West's finest. Of course, this wreaks havoc with his already complicated relationship with girlfriend Kate back in Nebraska.

The mystery/crime focus of the book is well thought-out and easy to follow. It is evident the author did research on the details of Key West, the surrounding area, boating and SCUBA. It's refreshing to read a book and not be slogged down by errors on subject matter. I particularly appreciated some of the smaller details of the plot (which I will not delve into here to spoil anything...)

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. But, he's not the only mysterious voice showing up this time around. A new character, only heard through the cell phone, promise more excitement for Pilate in the alluded-to third book of the series "Pilate's Ghost."

Really liked "Pilate's Cross." Thoroughly enjoyed "Pilate's Key." The writing, flow and character development got even better this time around. Kudos to Greenwood for a great second book! ( )
  barbharrisaz | Aug 3, 2015 |
I'm not one to pick up a mystery or action book, but the underlying "story within a story" (somewhat based on real-life events says the author) intrigued me. One afternoon, I took off work early to spend the afternoon in my easy chair reading Pilate's Cross. I was sucked in immediately. The writer gets your wrapped up in the deep, dark secrets of the town of Cross, and it's hard not to fall in love with the flawed yet charming John Pilate. Looking forward to more by Mr. Greenwood. ( )
  barbharrisaz | Aug 3, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055743047X, Paperback)

Inspired by a true story, Pilate's Cross follows John Pilate, his sardonic imaginary pal Simon and lovely new friend Kate as they investigate the cold case mystery of a murdered college president. In too deep to wash his hands of the mystery, Pilate risks his life to uncover the truth of what happened in 1963 and why it's just as deadly today.

This is the first in the "John Pilate" series. It is the revised, second edition.


Scroll up and click on the "Look Inside" link on the left to get a sample and see why this mystery thriller series is a fan favorite! The second and third books, Pilate's Key and Pilate's Ghost, are available now in ebook or paperback. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:37 -0400)

John Pilate, his sarcastic imaginary pal Simon and lovely new friend Kate investigate the decades-old murder of a college president, uncovering a dangerous conspiracy and risking his life to find the truth, in a quirky thriller inspired by real-life events.… (more)

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