Ghost Detective

Ghost Detective Summary

Everybody dies. Nobody leaves . . . Award-winning author Scott William Carter returns with a spellbinding tale of a private investigator who bridges both sides of the great divide.

After narrowly surviving a near-fatal shooting, Portland detective Myron Vale wakes with a bullet still lodged in his brain, a headache to end all headaches, and a terrible side effect that radically transforms his world for the worse: He sees ghosts. Lots of them.

By some estimates, a hundred billion people have lived and died before anyone alive today was even born. For Myron, they're all still here. That's not even his biggest problem. No matter how hard he tries, he can't tell the living from the dead.

Despite this, Myron manages to piece together something of a life as a private investigator specializing in helping people on both sides of the great divide--until a stunning blonde beauty walks into his office needing help finding her husband. Myron wants no part of the case until he sees the man's picture ... and instantly his carefully reconstructed life begins to unravel.

"Carter's writing is on target." - Publishers Weekly

"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

"Fans of police procedurals with a paranormal twist will enjoy this book. The style and tone of the book reminded me a bit of the original Night Stalker series, but not as graphic or violent." - Jana DeLeon, New York Times Bestselling author of Trouble in Mudbug

From the author of The Gray and Guilty Sea and Wooden Bones, comes this riveting novel of a man cursed with a terrible gift. In a world where everybody dies but nobody leaves, Myron Vale is the rare individual who completely straddles both sides of the great divide. His strange ability resulting from a gunshot to the head while serving as a Portland police officer, a few years later he recovers to forge a new life as private investigator catering to both the living and the dead. With its memorable characters, taut prose, and spellbinding story, Scott William Carter's Ghost Detective will haunt you long after you finish the final pages -- a promising launch to what will hopefully be a long-running series.--FRP

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The Myron Vale Investigations (in chronological order): The Haunted Breadbox (short story prequel) Ghost Detective The Ghost Who Said Goodbye

Book Reviews


My favorite Ghost Story !5 star

I have read a lot of books with ghosts in the story but this one is definitely better/different from all the others. I rarely write reviews (my apologies to other authors who I actually liked their stories but just left 5 Stars for them). This book was a perfect read for me in all ways. The story never felt “cookie cutter” or “predictable “. The title of the book did not grab my attention but I am so happy I chose to read it anyway.55

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Ghosts4 star

An interesting story and well written. The story involves many people all connected to one person and ghosts. Myron sees ghosts and as you read the story you will find out why. I do not believe in ghosts but I gave the book a try. I do not plan on reading any more in the series as it is not my cup of tea.45


An Interesting Perspective5 star

A very interesting perspective on the whole being able to see ghosts thing intertwined with a well written, hard to put down P.I. story. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series!55


Ghost Detective5 star

76 years have enjoyed a good read. Now I will add your name. Thank you look forward to next.55


Needs editing3 star

Fun and provocative read. The downside is it needs professional editing. I’m not an editor, but I found at least 8 instances where words were missing or wrong. That just screams amateur to me. The author definitely has potential.35


Great read5 star

Provocative and action packed. Believable characters. All around a fun and addictive read. Kudos55


Good story. Needs editing badly.4 star

Clearly this is a good writer; creative, excellent storyteller. But this book has a lot of errors, missing words, spelling, etc. Also feels like chapters were written in different order and needed to be assembled with more care. The novel did not track well between some chapters. Yet, with all of that, I enjoyed the read. Hence the four stars.45


Ghost Detective4 star

What an interesting premise for a book! I thoroughly enjoyed Scott William Carter’s book, Ghost Detective. That the main character, Myron Vale, can see and communicate with ghosts adds interest in this detective tale. I look forward to reading more in this series.45


Awesome read5 star

I could not put this book down. One of the best I have read.55


Ghost Detective4 star

I really enjoyed this book. Love the concept and the characterization was really well done. You should hire me as your editor though.45

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