JOHN RECTOR is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the novels THE GROVE, ALREADY GONE, and THE COLD KISS (optioned for a feature film now in development). His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the Porterhouse Prize. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Rector keeps his plot churning and his prose lean in a narrative that contains both riveting forward momentum and an unsettling view of marriage and friendship. The writing is ever so stylish, and the characters are deeply flawed—an irresistible combination.”
“The suspense and plot twists are gripping. This one is hard to put down.”
“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
“At a time when most suspense is more filler than thriller, John Rector's third novel drags the genre kicking and screaming back to its roots. ALREADY GONE is a thriller in its purest and most cinematic incarnation - not a word or emotion wasted, it's a taut, nerve-jangling ride that barrels towards an electrifying conclusion, which will leave you shaken, stirred, and above all else eagerly awaiting the next Rector novel."
Ray Banks, author of Saturday's Child and Gun
"Already Gone is a terse, moody thriller by a novelist who I consider to be one of the very best new writers to enter the scene in a long time... John Rector is a game changer."
“Tense, taut, throat-grabbing. John Rector is far more accomplished than his years. Reads like a cross between No Country for Old Men and Deliverance. Terrific to the last drop—of blood.”
Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times Bestselling Author of First Daughter
“Terrific narrative and real compelling style… a cross between Jim Crumley and A Simple Plan.”
Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-Winning Author of The Guards
“The Cold Kiss is a slice of tragicomic noir Americana, a spiraling tale of bad luck and viciousness leavened only by author John Rector’s savage glee at the ever-worsening state of his protagonists’ circumstances. One of the best debuts I’ve read in a very long time.”
Scott Phillips, Award-Winning Author of The Ice Harvest
“A well crafted, tightly plotted thriller which steadily cranks up the sense of menace page by page. You know something bad is going to happen and you just have to keep reading…"
Simon Kernick, Bestselling Author of Relentless
"A sly and very accomplished first novel."
"Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it."
Sean Doolittle, Award-Winning Author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer
"Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling."
David Peoples, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner.