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Pilate's Key

(John Pilate Mysteries #2)

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Life's A Beach for John Pilate...

On the mend from a near-death experience in the snowy Midwest, John Pilate is taking it easy on the sun-soaked beaches of Key West. Umbrella drink in hand, Pilate is writing a book and getting some much-needed therapy to deal with his imaginary friend Simon. He's also pondering the future with his new love, Kate. Life is looking
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Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published January 14th 2012 by Caroline Street Press (first published January 13th 2012)
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Who is John Pilate and what makes him interesting?

Is it that he’s a writer? He’s commissioned to write a book about his trauma and near-death experience fighting corruption and killing a man in a small Midwest college town.

Is it that he’s an investigator? Not by trade, but he has a knack for finding trouble and being drawn into murder, piracy and slippery characters.

Maybe because he’s a lover? If you want to count his fling with a local cop, his ex-wife, getti
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Jason McIntyre
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pilate’s Key is an excellent and compelling beach read that turns out to be quite a bit more.

John Pilate has dodged some bullets in his life but he’s also taken a few in the pursuit of his curiosity and in service of his highly intelligent imagination. We find him at the beginning of this novel in Key West, Florida, literally soothing the most recent entanglements he’s had with bullets and a bruised ego. His goal is to round out the page count on a memoir about said bout with baddies
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Marilou George
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a near death encounter in Nebraska John Pilate is temporarily re-locating to Key West Florida to write a book about his experience. He is a man who seems to find himself involved in circumstances beyond his control. In Key West he becomes inadvertently entangled in the death of a stranger and becomes immersed in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

This story is excellently crafted and written with a cast of characters that lend to the successful progression of the story. John Pilate
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Sharon Kreher
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this sequel to Pilate's Cross. The characters are further developed and I enjoyed the Key West setting.
C.J. Anaya
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this mystery to be enjoyable despite the slow start, though I think I probably would have had a better idea of where Pilate was mentally if I had read the previous book. There was ample backstory that was frequently referred to. I wasn't lost since everything was explained so well, but many of the characters like Kate were difficult to connect to simply because I didn't experience the first mystery beforehand. In other words, read the books in order.

The action was a bit slo
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Ian Miller
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book clearly follows a previous book, for there are continuous references to it. What I think this book is about is that John Pilate has gone to Key West to write a book about the events of the previous book, but when he goes into a rest room at the back of a restaurant, he bumps into someone, who is shortly afterwards found with his throat cut. Eventually, he works out that the victim has passed something to him, and it appears those who killed the victim have worked this out too. We have ...more
Christie Davis
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery and the second book in this new series by Alexander Greenwood, Pilate’s Key, is a good example of a good mystery. This is the second book in the John Pilate Mysteries series and best read after the first book – Pilate’s Cross.

John Pilate has had his share of near death experiences and now is taking it easy on the beaches of Key West. John is getting some therapy to deal with Simon – his imaginary friend while writing a book. Things are looking up for John – incl
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Sharon
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this, the second of Alex Greenwood's novels featuring author John Pilate, the titular hero has gone to Key West to finish writing his memoir.

While out minding his own business one night at dinner, he witnesses a murder ... and his peaceful time in Florida suddenly becomes one round of accidental criminal involvement after another.

Throw in his alter-ego, Simon the Rat, constantly talking to him, and it's a constant round of adventure.

This book has so many tw
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Eden Baylee
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Pilate's Cross (John Pilate Mysteries) I had to pick up Mr. Greenwood's newest creation. All I can say is "John Pilate does it again!" He's in Key West this time, a place I now want to visit after reading this book. It sounds like an absolute hoot!

What the author does successfully is create an atmosphere of intrigue, adventure, AND it's a lot of fun being there with his cast of characters. Just when you think, "how are they going to get out of this mess?" A plan is devi
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J. Alexander Greenwood is author of the acclaimed John Pilate Mystery Series, including Pilate's Cross, Pilate's Key, Pilate's Ghost, Pilate's Blood, Pilate's 7 and Pilate's Rose (Caroline Street Press).

His most recent John Pilate Mystery, Pilate's Rose, was published in January 2018 exclusively on Amazon.com.

Preceding that was Pilate's 7, released in summer 2015. It is a collection
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Other books in the series

John Pilate Mysteries (4 books)
  • Pilate's Cross
  • Pilate's Ghost (John Pilate Mysteries)
  • Pilate's Blood