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Ghosts on the Red Line

Ghosts on the Red Line [Kindle Edition]

Peter David Shapiro

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Commuters see their Departed on Boston's Red Line subway trains.

Consultant Harry West is hired to investigate by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. His project turns personal when his ex-wife Alexandra Ben-Tov meets their beloved daughter on the Red Line who looks like the teenager she might have become if she had lived.

Are the visitors on the Red Line ghosts or hallucinations? Either way, after Harry’s team discovers the source of the visitations, the MBTA declares that it will bring them to an end.

Alexandra has a brilliant idea: Build Visitation Rooms that replicate the features of Red Line train cars so that people can continue to meet their loved ones.

But not everyone approves. The Archbishop of Boston seeks to get Visitation Rooms banned in Massachusetts. And a gangster who frets that his victims will come back from the dead warns Harry and Alexandra: Cancel Opening Day for the Visitation Room, or else.

About the Author

Peter David Shapiro was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from college, he carried a Hermes Baby typewriter to Europe to get started on his first novel. But he wasn't ready yet, he discovered. Later, after seeing the world as a management consultant at one of the premier consulting firms, he returned to the task. By then, he’d moved to the Boston area and become a frequent rider on Boston’s Red Line subway trains, where commuters see their Departed in GHOSTS ON THE RED LINE. By then, also, he’d spent time in Hong Kong, where a story of intrigue and revenge unfolds as told in THE TRAIL OF MONEY. Both novels feature as a main protagonist Harry Forrest West, by amazing coincidence also a management consultant. Currently he’s working on his third novel, which has something to do with psychics, and practicing his flute. Readers are invited to contact him through

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1142 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983924406
  • Publisher: PenLane Press; 1 edition (26 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MSOYJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Peter David Shapiro was born in Montreal, Canada, and emigrated to the US after completing graduate school at Stanford. Before writing his debut suspense novel, Ghosts on the Red Line, he toiled as a management consultant serving clients around the world. Harry West, his protagonist in Ghosts on the Red Line is by amazing coincidence also a consultant. Harry West also plays the leading role in The Trail of Money, the prequel to Ghosts on the Red Line, a suspense novel about money laundering and murder in Hong Kong that was released in October 2012.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy, Psychic, Paranormal Mystery 24 Dec 2012
By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws - Published on
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I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author in exchange for my fair and impartial review.

Review of Ghosts on the Red Line by Peter David Shapiro
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An intriguing and comfy psychical (and psychological) mystery with a cast that includes not just individuals, but corporations (the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority-MBTA; Blair West International consultants), universities (MIT), and metropolises (Cambridge and Boston), the novel purports the premise: "What if-what if the deceased began to appear to individuals during a subway ride?" Not a wholesale "everybody sees `em," but rather one departed appearing to one individual at a time, and only the recipient individual can "see," touch, talk to, the gone person. That's fine when the visitations are of lost loved ones, dearly missed and grieved; but when those include murdered witnesses appearing to a gangster, and a man dead by his own hand who accuses his brother-in-law, trouble ensues. Not to mention, that crowds upon crowds now want to ride this single line, the Red Line, in hopes of retrieving time with those they've lost.

Creative and original, "Ghosts on the Red Line" delves into detail about the subways, the cities, the MBTA, and showcases Harry West, co-owner and partner of Blair West International, the consultancy called in to assist the MBTA in discovering exactly what is happening, and why, and how to bring about its cessation. Readers who like their mysteries wrapped up in cozy, with sufficient intrigue to keep those pages turning, are sure to enjoy "Ghosts on the Red Line."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting in the "spirit" of things 14 Oct 2012
By Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Published on
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I found this book an entertaining read that---aside from the errant problem with possessives and a couple of minor spelling errors---was refreshingly free of typos.

Since the storyline has been described by others, I will focus on the pluses and also what I perceived as some underlying themes:
1. The author did a terrific job with quick character sketches along quite a continuum.
2. Skeptical readers can relate to how far-fetched a premise the story presents which serves as the perfect foil to describe how political, religious and criminal influence can be brought to bear in affecting situational outcomes.
3. We find an unexpected forum for negotiation between warring factions including gangsters and politicians with assistance from a chocolate-chip-cookie baking psychic.
4. I appreciated the occasional gentle humor and applaud Mr. Shapiro's creation of a fascinating, multi-level novel that is enjoyable while simultaneously teaching us something about science and human foibles.

It was really a very sweet story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more... 1 May 2012
By Rewind - Published on
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This book was an easy read. and was fun (since I ride the red line every day, and live just outside of Boston). I gave it 3 stars because I liked the premise, but felt it portrayed the events in the book very unrealistically (not the spiritual events, obviously, but the actions and behaviors of the people involved). Such extraordinary events were not only not explained (other than those involved stating "they dont know how or why" the ghosts appeared), but were treated as almost ordinary or simply an 'odd" occurence... The book could have been doubled in length awith everything greatly expanded upon... That said, it was clever and an interesting way to pass a few hours on the T!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, compelling read 30 Dec 2011
By Veeb - Published on
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A great story with surprising twists and turns. Extra fun to read if you've ever lived in the Boston area or worked as a consultant. The details and descriptions are spot-on. Reads like a good mystery novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful ride 24 Mar 2013
By John LeGates - Published on
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This novel takes a wildly improbably premise and then makes it plausible enough so that you accept it while constantly trying to figure out how real it really is. It uses this tool to give a grand tour of human emotions, local politics, business structures and a wide variety of character types.

It's a fun read and hard to put down. One colorful scene, character or plot turn succeeds another without losing a hint of coherence.

Altogether wonderful!
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