Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Cold Kiss

The Cold Kiss

John Rector

Forge Books




All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So, after being approached at a roadside diner by a man offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing.

At first it seems like easy money, but within a few hours the man is dead.

Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down motel on the side of a deserted highway, Nate and Sara begin to uncover the man's secrets. Who he was, how he died, and most importantly, why he was carrying two million dollars in his suitcase.

Before they know it, Nate and Sara are fighting for their lives, and in the end, each has to decide just how far they are willing to go to survive.

The Cold Kiss is an everyman psychological thriller that pits a young couple against moral corruption, greed, betrayal, and love. More simply, for two characters who may have used up all their chances, it's the classic final trip down the dark tunnel that might lead to heaven, but drags them through hell. This is A Simple Plan meets The Getaway, with a pulse-pounding plot and a twist ending. John Rector is name that all thriller fans will come to know and love for years to come.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Part I
It was just starting to snow when we pulled off the highway and into the parking lot of the Red Oak Tavern.
There was nothing special to the place, a couple of gas pumps out front and a neon open sign buzzing its welcome behind...


Praise for The Cold Kiss

“Tense, taut, throat-grabbing. John Rector is far more accomplished than his years. Reads like a cross between No Country For Old Men and Deliverance. Terrific to the last drop -- of blood.” —Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author of First Daughter

“Terrific narrative and real compelling style...a cross between Jim Crumley and A Simple Plan.” —Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards

The Cold Kiss is a slice of tragicomic noir Americana, a spiraling tale of bad luck and viciousness leavened only by author John Rector's savage glee at the ever worsening state of his protagonists' circumstances. One of the best debuts I've read in a very long time.” —Scott Phillips, award-winning author of The Ice Harvest

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

John Rector

John Rector is a prize-winning short story writer and Colorado native currently living in Omaha, Nebraska. The Cold Kiss is his first published novel.

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