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The Touch Of Ghosts: Writer's Cut (Alex Rourke Book 1) by [Rickards, John]
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"The thing with avenging someone is that the victims who deserve it the most are always the ones who'd want it the least."


Boston private investigator Alex Rourke has had to overcome personal tragedy and the emotional trauma it's caused to him before. But that's nothing to what he faces when the disappearance of a young man from a tough part of town takes him to the back country of northern Vermont. Adam Webb wasn't the first person to vanish in this stretch of the Green Mountains, and he won't be the last. Ghost towns, drug trafficking, blood and violence, all secrets buried beneath the stark, clean white of the January snows.

With everything Alex holds dear either taken from him or quickly slipping through his grasp, keeping his sanity - and his life - will mean getting to the root of the evil in the frozen state. If he still wants either of those things, that is...


THE TOUCH OF GHOSTS: WRITER'S CUT is a heavily rewritten and re-edited version of a novel first published by Penguin in 2003. While both this and the original form of the story are mysteries, the redrafting process for the original turned the story largely into a conventional whodunnit - a form it was thoroughly ill-suited to - whereas at the time of first writing, the idea behind it was to create a crime thriller exploring the different ways people deal with loss and tragedy, where solving the crime took second place to coming through events with your humanity intact, and without grief and anger turning you into the very thing that had hurt you in the first place.

This novel is the first in the newly-reworked Alex Rourke series of stories.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A823WCI
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super read. 6 December 2013
By claudette valliere - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one good read.

Alex Rourke is an ex FBI agent. He and another ex agent Robin Garrett are now PI's. They also conduct seminars for law enforcment in Boston.

Robin Garrett is a good friend to Rourke as well as his boss. Garrett had been an FBI field agent and Rourke had been a specialist in the Bureau's NCAV violent crimes division. Rourke has loads of baggage. A fact that doesn't deter Garrett from being his friend and boss.

Their PI outfit, Robin Garrett Associates, are investigators, process servers, business security and criminal consultants. Missing person is something of a stock in trade.

Colleen Webb is a client. She's looking for her missing son. A son who was last heard from several months ago. According to Webb her son contacts her frequently so she's sure something isn't right. The last tiime he contacted her he was in Burlington, Vt.

Rourke has a girlfriend, Gemma Larson by name. She's a medical examiner based in Newport, Vermont. Rourke is based in Boston and they have a long distance love affair going on. Rourke loves Gemma and has been thinking of the M word.

So begins one pretty damned good read.

Rourke heads to Vt to look into the Webb case. Gemma is shot to death in her car while driving to meet Rourke.

This one is full of murder, crooked cops, missing persons, the heroin trade and Rourke doing his best to figure it all out while dealing with the death of Gemma.

Just a great read. To bad Alex didn't get em all. Five Stars and then some.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting kept intriguing me to finish this book good for all kinds of 12 March 2016
By barb timmers - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting kept intriguing me to finish this book good for all kinds of readers
5.0 out of 5 stars Grief and revenge 3 January 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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the reality of losing the love at first sight and not getting the real killer has to be a bitter pill to live with . this book definitely held my attention and broke my heart.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 26 November 2015
By Fan reader - Published on Amazon.com
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A decent story
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 February 2015
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
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