This guy is just plain good. I read his first novel, The Grove, and was amazed, but his second book, available now in hardcover at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765326434/ looks even better.
Here’s a review I did for The Grove:
“With a tight and simple style, Rector delivers one hell of a page-turner and fast read with his debut. The author avoids all fluff and pretension and simply tells a great story. I found myself racing through the last 2/3 of the book as if the manuscript would self-destruct if I didn’t finish in time.
The beauty of the story is the protagonist, a tragic anti-hero who is critically flawed, even pathetic at times, but inherently likeable for the hell he has been through. Rector puts him through skin-crawling dilemmas that redefine disturbing, yet keeps the reader cheering for him throughout. It is a mystery, but more than that, it is a character study of a man struggling to cope with horrific loss and insane situations. Realistic dialogue and just the right touch of gore ultimately adds up to a suspenseful, highly entertaining story.
Highly recommended. I’ll be buying Rector’s next book for sure.”
And check out his blog at johnrector.blogspot.com to see how you can win copies. I’m not asking.