John Rector’s The Cold Kiss

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 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 to see how you can win copies. I’m not asking.

Published in: on August 9, 2010 at 3:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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