Ghost Detective: A Myron Vale Investigation

Ghost Detective: A Myron Vale Investigation

by Scott William Carter

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Everybody dies. Nobody leaves ... Award-winning author Scott William Carter returns with his tenth novel, a spellbinding tale of a man 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

"The Sixth Sense meets Spenser For Hire in Scott William Carter's magnificent Ghost Detective, but with more maturity and emotional depth than both of the others combined." – Michael J. Totten, author of Taken

"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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016420882
Publisher: Flying Raven Press
Publication date: 06/20/2013
Series: A Myron Vale Investigation , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 1,146
File size: 550 KB

About the Author

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 the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published ten novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. His most recent book, 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

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Ghost Detective: A Myron Vale Investigation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual premise for a story - detective can see ghosts, and is often hired by them to solve mysteries, recover money, and so on. The main character is very likeable, Elvis makes an appearance, and it is laugh-out-loud funny in many parts. There is one character who leaves at the end of the book, and I really hope if there are other books in this series this character doesn't come back, as she is obnoxious and, having served her purpose in relation to the main character, would add nothing to future books. Great read, though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. It begins with a unique concept and runs with it, blending the best of detective and fantastic fiction in the process. 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
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
-The Sixth Sense meets Spenser For Hire- review above - totally accurate. The detective story was good – murder investigation with sufficient twists/ turns/ hints, no heavy violence. Ex-cop still learning the parameters of his new ability – the result of a gunshot to the head. Plus ghosts that both help and hinder, creating several subplots, including family members, that are alternately humorous and intensely revealing. Very likeable main character, good guy with good instincts trying to adjust to uncontrollable circumstances. I will read further books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes light fantasy would enjoy this. I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them all. It's definitely not heavy reading but quite entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book very original premise. Keeps you guessing and reading. Not your average who done it. Would highly recomend as a unique interesting read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so different. Wil read the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it really held your interest. I will read more from this author. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book tremendously. Would have liked to see more loose ends tied up, but then if the world is as it's portrayed here, then there are loose threads everywhere.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was on B & N's "free" list, so I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did! The previous reviewer thought the concept behind this story was silly, but he or she liked the book, regardless. I think the concept is a little different, but it isn't sillly. The concept, and the subsequent story, could have been childish or hokey, but they are not. The story is both intelligent and interesting. The characters, corporeal and non-corporeal, are compelling. From chapter to chapter, the story goes from Myron's past to his present. Jumping back and forth like that can make for a poorly paced story; however, not here. The author skillfully and seamlessly weaves the past together with the present to create a rich and satisfying read. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Also, I will be checking out some of Mr. Carter's other books.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I liked meeting the ghosts, especially the ones not directly involved in the plot. It is an easy, pleasant read. The main character's surliness--althiugh true--was a bit tiresome, but then it would be tiresome in real life. I will certainly read the sequel.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I didn’t expect much of the story. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the story a great deal. Not a regurgitation of the same story line and a nice amount of humanity. If your considering this book get it you will be enjoy it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story! Unique plot - wonderful characters. Had me laughing at the bizarre story, but crying too! You just have read this book to understand.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story, mystery, and revenge all wrapped up neatly in a ghostly tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I immediately fell in love with Myron Vale. I read a lot of books from different genres. It is a defining moment for me as a reader if I am not able to feel affection, compassion and empathy for the main character. Even though Myron is a little sad and disconnected from his world, often getting in his own way, he is easy to root for. I found myself desperately wanting him to not only solve his case, but to find some happiness. I was sad to read the last page and I plan on reading his next story as soon as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the concept of man and ghost on the same plane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats an original premise. REALLY enjoyed this book. And it was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a story. I love mysteries and I love when it includes the supernatural. The thing that really grabbed me was the ability the male character had to really love his wife. No matter the circumstances he couldn’t tarnish that love. It’s a story well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to follow the timeline. Lots of editorial/proofreading mistakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seeing both ghosts and live people, and not being able to tell the difference, is an interesting new concept. However, there was so much sadness in the hero's character that it detracted from the new storyline. This made the book drag until the end when there were some twists. There were many typos also. I came close to not reading the whole thing. Just a so-so book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads this winter. I want more about Myron!