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The King of Lies

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Publisher Comments:

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.

Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.

Review:

"The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire. The author is a lawyer who knows his way around the courtrooms and jailhouses, the cops and judges, the way that Grisham and Turow do. Smart and swiftly moving, The King of Lies is the work of an amazing new talent." Pat Conroy

Review:

"John Hart's debut in the world of fiction is that most engrossing of rarities, a well-plotted mystery novel that is written in a beautifully poetic style. The King of Lies will mark the beginning of a long and stellar career." Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama, Tender, and Gone for Good

Review:

"A stunning debut, absolutely relentless. I dare you to read the first chapter of The King of Lies and not be hooked. Daring and original....John Hart delivers with this dark, heart-breaking tale of secrets and revenge." Steve Hamilton, author of Ice Run

Review:

"The King of Lies is a rare, remarkable book, a marvel from the first page to the last. At times blunt and startling, at times full of grace and subtle wisdom, this novel is, without a doubt, one of the most compelling pieces of fiction I've ever read." Martin Clark, author of The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living and Plain Heathen Mischief

Review:

"A suspenseful novel about the unraveling of the poisonous legacy of a southern lawyer brings us a strong new voice in crime fiction. John Hart is a writer to watch." Thomas Perry, author of Dead Aim

Review:

"The best thing about reading King of Lies is watching the character of Work Pickens evolve. Though there's plenty of intrigue here, with dead bodies and villains galore, the real change happens inside the character of Work Pickens as he's forced by external circumstances to take a hard look at his assumptions and values. An ambitious debut from a promising new novelist." Sheri Reynolds, author of Rapture of Canaan and Gracious Plenty

Review:

"Hart has crafted a mystery with fully developed characters and a fast-paced and intelligent plot....[P]lenty of action and suspense..." School Library Journal

Review:

"The King of Lies, John Hart's seething, roiling, boiling North Carolina murder story...crossbreeds enough Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding to make for a sulfurous mix." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"In a top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] fast-paced debut mystery..." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[T]ake my word when I tell you that if you want entertainment that will ensnare you, deprive you of sleep and have you button-holing your friends about its greatness, you won't be disappointed in unknown author John Hart's first book." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"All of Hart's characters ring true....Indeed, The King of Lies pulls off the almost impossible: It makes you like a lawyer." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"This is a first novel that lunges off the page, just grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go....Readers will breathe in this fine novel like a breath of fresh air and, immediately after finishing it, wish for more." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface, and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.

Synopsis:

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.

Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.

Synopsis:

Jackson Workman Pickens--known to most as "Work"--mindlessly holds together his disintegrating life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife who shares their loveless marriage, and an estranged sister who bore the brunt of their childhood trauma.

 

And then Ezra's body is discovered.

 

Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect.  But so does his sister, Jean.  As much as Work's life was overshadowed by his domineering father, Jean's life was nearly destroyed by him. But does that make her capable of a vicious murder?  Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town.

 

Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, he fights to save his sister and clear his name--in this poignant and thrilling anatomy of a murder and its ripple effect within a family and a community.

About the Author

JOHN HART's books have been translated into twenty-six languages and published in over thirty countries. A former criminal defense attorney, John has also worked as a banker, stockbroker and apprentice helicopter mechanic. Other than writing, his favorite job was pouring pints in a London pub. A husband and father of two, John still lives in his native North Carolina, where he writes full-time.

Visit the author at www.johnhartfiction.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312341619
Author:
Hart, John
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070403
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A)"--<i>Rocky Mountain News</i><br><i>&nbsp;</i><b
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 400 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312341619 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire. The author is a lawyer who knows his way around the courtrooms and jailhouses, the cops and judges, the way that Grisham and Turow do. Smart and swiftly moving, The King of Lies is the work of an amazing new talent."
"Review" by , "John Hart's debut in the world of fiction is that most engrossing of rarities, a well-plotted mystery novel that is written in a beautifully poetic style. The King of Lies will mark the beginning of a long and stellar career."
"Review" by , "A stunning debut, absolutely relentless. I dare you to read the first chapter of The King of Lies and not be hooked. Daring and original....John Hart delivers with this dark, heart-breaking tale of secrets and revenge."
"Review" by , "The King of Lies is a rare, remarkable book, a marvel from the first page to the last. At times blunt and startling, at times full of grace and subtle wisdom, this novel is, without a doubt, one of the most compelling pieces of fiction I've ever read."
"Review" by , "A suspenseful novel about the unraveling of the poisonous legacy of a southern lawyer brings us a strong new voice in crime fiction. John Hart is a writer to watch."
"Review" by , "The best thing about reading King of Lies is watching the character of Work Pickens evolve. Though there's plenty of intrigue here, with dead bodies and villains galore, the real change happens inside the character of Work Pickens as he's forced by external circumstances to take a hard look at his assumptions and values. An ambitious debut from a promising new novelist."
"Review" by , "Hart has crafted a mystery with fully developed characters and a fast-paced and intelligent plot....[P]lenty of action and suspense..."
"Review" by , "The King of Lies, John Hart's seething, roiling, boiling North Carolina murder story...crossbreeds enough Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding to make for a sulfurous mix."
"Review" by , "In a top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[A] fast-paced debut mystery..."
"Review" by , "[T]ake my word when I tell you that if you want entertainment that will ensnare you, deprive you of sleep and have you button-holing your friends about its greatness, you won't be disappointed in unknown author John Hart's first book."
"Review" by , "All of Hart's characters ring true....Indeed, The King of Lies pulls off the almost impossible: It makes you like a lawyer."
"Review" by , "This is a first novel that lunges off the page, just grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go....Readers will breathe in this fine novel like a breath of fresh air and, immediately after finishing it, wish for more."
"Synopsis" by , When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface, and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.
"Synopsis" by ,
John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.

Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.

"Synopsis" by ,
Jackson Workman Pickens--known to most as "Work"--mindlessly holds together his disintegrating life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife who shares their loveless marriage, and an estranged sister who bore the brunt of their childhood trauma.

 

And then Ezra's body is discovered.

 

Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect.  But so does his sister, Jean.  As much as Work's life was overshadowed by his domineering father, Jean's life was nearly destroyed by him. But does that make her capable of a vicious murder?  Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town.

 

Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, he fights to save his sister and clear his name--in this poignant and thrilling anatomy of a murder and its ripple effect within a family and a community.

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