2012 International Thriller Award NomineeJake 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 w 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 vel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with thing 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 kws he can 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.