SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER’s first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “touching and impressive debut” and won an Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published a dozen novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. His most recent book for younger readers, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio and was singled out for praise by the Junior Library Guild. He lives in Oregon with his wife and children. Visit him online at www.ScottWilliamCarter.com.
The Ghost Who Said Goodbyeby Scott William Carter
Myron Vale remembers it well. Long before a fateful bullet cursed
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Charles Manson. Ted Bundy. Jeffrey Dahmer. Known for their cunning and savagery. In the late eighties, another infamous serial killer sent seventeen innocent people to early graves. Then, suddenly, the murders in the panicked city of Portland, Oregon, stopped—and the Goodbye Killer got away.
Myron Vale remembers it well. Long before a fateful bullet cursed him with the ability to see ghosts, he was the young son of the city’s most esteemed detective. The case changed Hank Vale, haunting him with a single glimpse of the killer’s otherworldly face. He was never the same man again. Or the same father.
Now a new victim points to the Goodbye Killer’s return. And when the most powerful forces on the other side of the great divide approach Myron desperate for help, he uncovers a terrifying truth. It’s not just the living who should fear for their immortal souls ... even the dead can die.
The MYRON VALE INVESTIGATIONS (in chronological order):
The Haunted Breadbox (short story prequel)
The Ghost Who Said Goodbye
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Praise for Scott William Carter and the MYRON VALE INVESTIGATIONS
"A sultry blonde walks into a detective's office. Big deal, seen it a million times, right? Wrong! THE GHOST DETECTIVE ranks as one of the most ingenious departures from the norm I've seen in a long time ... I've always enjoyed Scott William Carter's work, but THE GHOST DETECTIVE takes my admiration to a whole new level. I loved this book. " - David H. Hendrickson, author of Cracking the Ice
"The Sixth Sense meets Spenser For Hire in Scott William Carter's magnificent Ghost Detective." - Michael J. Totten, author of Resurrection
"Scott is one of those rare writers who can and does cross genres, and do it well. You never know what kind of story you'll get from him, but you do know that it'll be good." - Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author of The Disappeared
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Myron Vale is a terrific character with a fascinating problem. He s strongly developed and well written. This second novelh has a little more sci-fi flavor than the first so (purely as a matter of personal prference) I did not like it quite as much. But that does not cange the fact that it is a refreshingly different and intriguing detectve story. One minor flaw... one of the "rules"is that there are no animal ghosts. However Myron sees an Arab ghost riding a camel... Which would have to mean that there was a live camel roaming the streets if Portland with a ghost on its back. A minor flaw to be sure, but one that gets you thinking about the other rules of the ghostly world... ?...wjj
A GREAT read, left me hungering for more. As Myron Vale mysteries go, this was the best one yet. Full of plenty of plot twists, turns, surprises, action, suspense and yes, even a touch of horror. Exceptional turns of phrase bring the characters and action to life, propelling the story forward in sometimes nearly breathless fashion. I've started to branch out to other works by this author, and he doesn't disappoint! I hope to see more Myron Vale mysteries very soon.
This is the second Myron Vale book I've read and just like the first one this author grabbed my attention right from the start. It is hard to put his books down as his stories are filled with unexpected twists and turns. Lots of fun to read; Myron is such a likeable and sympathetic character you just really want things to work out well for him.