Nebraska Authors

John Rector

Born Colorado Springs, CO (USA)

Rector seems to have made his initial literary reputation with short stories. He has since become a very successful writer of novels in the mystery/thriller genre.

Rector initially self-published The Grove in 2008 as a Kindle Book, a kind of first, because in the depths of the recession, publishers were not taking anything. It was a great success, and was picked up Simon and Schuster and Kindle Encore. Simon and Schuster are the publishers of his 2010 original hardback, The Cold Kiss, and Tor/Forge has attempted to buy paperback rights. He golfs and talks shop with writer Sean Doolittle.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Mysteries, Suspense, Psychological Thrillers; Novels; Short Stories


The Grove. 2008.
The Cold Kiss. 2010.
Already Gone. 2011.
Out of the Black. 2013.
The Ridge. 2017.

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