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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (879 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Rector Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet—ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rector’s third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.

With a taut and brooding style, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed man’s slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vice-like grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate, explosive climax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 of 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

  • “John Rector really knows how to pour on the intensity and leave his readers with a smile on their faces. Rector has written a fast-moving thriller that will take you on a trip through the life of a man who, in his youth, inflicted pain and suffering.”


  • “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.”


  • A 2012 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/2/2014

    " Almost read the whole book in one day! It definitely hooked me! A little disappointed by te ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily Phillips | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, until the end! Throughout the whole book John Rector manages to build tension and suspense excellently, but I found the ending a bit flat. It just ended without giving any prior warning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison | 1/13/2014

    " Not a bad read. Fast paced and full of action. Somewhat predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Doug Cornelius | 1/12/2014

    " This is a page-turning thriller. Jake gets jumped at a local bar, leading to his life spinning more and more out of control. The characters are a rather flat and sometimes the story has a few too many twists, dead ends and unexplained circumstances. That didn't stop me turning page after page. "

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