By John Rector
2012 foreign mystery Award Nominee
Jake Reese is a writing instructor at an American collage. He lives in a small brick Tudor with reference to campus along with his artwork customer spouse, Diane. His existence is quiet--even usual. And he likes it that approach. however it wasn’t continually quiet. In Jake’s far-off previous was once a lifestyles at the streets, causing harm and soreness on extra humans than he can count number. And now an individual from his prior, it kind of feels, has come trying to find him.
A uncooked, gripping mystery concerning the rate paid for earlier sins, John Rector’s 3rd novel is a reside twine that crackles with the depth of a guy who has not anything left to lose. whilst males assault Jake in a car park and bring to an end his ring finger, he attempts to brush aside it as an unfortunate case of being within the fallacious position on the incorrect time. but if occasions take a extra sinister flip and Diane is going lacking, Jake is aware he can now not conceal from the reality. As he embarks on a undertaking to discover his spouse, he realizes his darkish earlier is refusing to stick buried, and that his destiny is ready to spread in methods he may possibly by no means have imagined.
With taut and brooding prose, Rector paints a powerful portrait of a reformed man’s sluggish descent right into a existence he notion he had walked clear of without end. because the depth turns into virtually insufferable, the velocity accelerates and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vicelike grip, as Already Gone hurtles towards its final explosive climax.
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You don't want heroes, but once you've got that sorted out you calm down a bit. When I'm actually doing it I'm aiming to persuade him to do everything, to give me the money, to tell him I have a gun, to say I have his wife, but the hardest part is getting him to put the money in the bag because he's nervous. If they know you have a weapon they don't argue. To be perfectly honest I was shilling myself. While he went into the building society I put the false number plates on with elastic bands, and I stalled the car on the getaway.