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The most compelling novel to date from international bestselling author John Hart

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John Hart was born in 1965, and lives with his wife and two young children in North Carolina and Virginia. He has degrees in French, accounting and law, and worked as a banker, stockbroker and attorney before beginning his writing career.


Praise for The Last Child - - This book deals with serious adult subjects such as drug addiction, betrayal, abuse and paedophilia. These are treated with sensitivity and amped up by creative and feisty writing.... a roiling, boiling, seething stew of passion and conflict. - Courier Mail. ...Finely detailed prose with a literary edge, a fine sense of atmosphere and just the right touches of creepy southern gothic. - Weekend AustralianPraise for Down River - - A well-compiled and riveting read - The Daily Telegraph A rollicking yarn peppered with all the essentials in good measure - lust, love, tears and bloodshed included. - The Sun HeraldPraise for John Hart: The Last Child is a rare accomplishment a compelling thriller written with a masterful, literary touch. You ll feel this story as much in your heart as in your gut - Jeffery Deaver Just once in a while a thriller comes along that makes you want to run out in the street and proclaim how good it is. John Hart s third novel is one of those. Written with power, precision and an iron grip on character it makes him out as one of the outstanding talents of his generation . . . it grips you by the throat and never lets go - Daily Mail

Hart's ambitious new thriller-a unique mixture of Dickensian plotting, violent action, and hardboiled attitude-benefits from Scott Sowers's relentless narration. The novel follows Michael, an oddly moral hit man who's on the run (with his pregnant girlfriend in tow) from his former mob associates. The sadistic criminals are seeking revenge and hunting for a treasure that once belonged to their recently departed mob boss. Meanwhile, Michael is searching for his frail brother, Julian, whom he has not seen since their childhood, which was spent in the grim Iron House orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina. Michael's quest leads him to a compound belonging to Julian's wealthy and powerful foster parents, where he uncovers the corpses of other Iron House orphans. Sowers's rat-a-tat delivery captures the spirit of the novel, complimenting Hart's clean prose, maintaining suspense, and clarifying the book's complex backstory. A Thomas Dunne hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Michael is an assassin for the mob; he's expectedly ferocious and cunning yet equally loyal, sensitive, and even loving-the unlikeliest of heroes. Yet it is Michael at the center of this complex, action-packed thriller that moves between the back mountains of North Carolina and its rolling estates and the mean streets of New York City. The story is built around children living a Lord of the Flies existence, schizophrenia, familial relationships, dirty politics, and revenge. Hart has the skill to create multi-faceted characters and weave them into multiple plotlines, creating a spellbinding story that is impossible to put down or to forget. This is only his fourth novel, and it is easy to see why he has won numerous awards for his previous three, including his Edgar Award-winning Down River and The Last Child. VERDICT Hart continues to build his legacy as one of the brightest stars in crime fiction. He's at the top of his game with his darkest novel yet, and fans of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, and Elmore Leonard will appreciate his style. [See Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.]-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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