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Down River: A Novel

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Down River: A Novel Cover

 

Awards

2008 Edgar Award winner — Best Novel

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Everything that shaped him happened near that river....

Now its banks are filled with lies and greed, shame, and murder....

John Hart's debut, The King of Lies, was compelling and lyrical, with Janet Maslin of the New York Times declaring, "There hasn't been a thriller as showily literate since Scott Turow came along." Now, in Down River, Hart makes a scorching return to Rowan County, where he drives his characters to the edge, explores the dark side of human nature, and questions the fundamental power of forgiveness.

Adam Chase has a violent streak, and not without reason. As a boy, he saw things that no child should see, suffered wounds that cut to the core and scarred thin. The trauma left him passionate and misunderstood — a fighter. After being narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, Adam is hounded out of the only home he's ever known, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years he disappears, fades into the faceless gray of New York City. Now he's back and nobody knows why, not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind.

But Adam has his reasons.

Within hours of his return, he is beaten and accosted, confronted by his family and the women he still holds dear. No one knows what to make of Adam's return, but when bodies start turning up, the small town rises against him and Adam again finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life, not just to prove his own innocence, but to reclaim the only life he's ever wanted.

Bestselling author John Hart holds nothing back as he strips his characters bare. Secrets explode, emotions tear, and more than one person crosses the brink into deadly behavior as he examines the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and revenge.

A powerful, heart-pounding thriller, Dow River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.

Review:

"Hart surpasses his bestselling debut, The King of Lies (2006), with his richly atmospheric second novel, which offers a tighter plot, more adroit pacing and less angst. Five years earlier, Adam Chase was arrested for murder, largely on the basis of his stepmother's sworn testimony against him. He was acquitted, but nearly everyone, including his father, still thinks he did it, and Adam's deep bitterness has kept him away from home ever since. Now, at the request of a childhood friend, he's back in Salisbury, N.C., where all the old demons still reside and new troubles await. The almost Shakespearean snarl of family ties is complicated by a very modern struggle between economic progress and love for the land, between haves and have-nots. Throughout, Hart expertly weaves his main theme: that by their freedom of choice, humans are capable of betrayal but also of forgiveness and redemption. This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature. 150,000 first printing; 15-city author tour. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Treat yourself to something new and truly out of the ordinary." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[C]omplex, emotionally charged....Hart dexterously juggles a large cast of characters and several intricate plotlines....A truly splendid novel with a deep emotional core." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Hart's sophomore effort surpasses his debut....Complex relationships blur the lines between friend and foe, heightening the suspense in this intricate, haunting story of a family in crisis, and the writing is simply superb. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Hart gathers the story's many strands into a satisfying and surprising conclusion, one that simultaneously reveals the true strength of family bonds and then sets them up to be tested again." Art Taylor, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Steamy Southern Gothic has much in common with Hart's successful debut, but its juicy melodrama often slides into pretentiousness." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Hart's work invokes the spirit of the best of southern literature. Down River puts readers in the mind of topics explored by Thomas Wolfe, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, with a contemporary vision and edge that is memorable and haunting." BookReporter.com

Review:

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

Review:

"A gripping performance." People

Synopsis:

In this follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, John Hart takes readers into the heart of a small Southern town, where he explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed — and just whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Down River is the winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Everything that shaped him happened near that river….

Now its banks are filled with lies and greed, shame, and murder….

John Harts debut, The King of Lies, was compelling and lyrical, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times declaring, “There hasnt been a thriller as showily literate since Scott Turow came along.”  Now, in Down River, Hart makes a scorching return to Rowan County, where he drives his characters to the edge, explores the dark side of human nature, and questions the fundamental power of forgiveness.

Adam hase has a violent streak, and not without reason. As a boy, he saw things that no child should see, suffered wounds that cut to the core and scarred thin. The trauma left him passionate and misunderstood---a fighter. After being narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, Adam is hounded out of the only home hes ever known, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years he disappears, fades into the faceless gray of New York City. Now hes back and nobody knows why, not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind.

But Adam has his reasons.

Within hours of his return, he is beaten and accosted, confronted by his family and the women he still holds dear. No one knows what to make of Adams return, but when bodies start turning up, the small town rises against him and Adam again finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life, not just to prove his own innocence, but to reclaim the only life hes ever wanted.

Bestselling author John Hart holds nothing back as he strips his characters bare.  Secrets explode, emotions tear, and more than one person crosses the brink into deadly behavior as he examines the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and revenge.

A powerful, heart-pounding thriller, Down River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.

Praise for John Hart and The King of Lies

“Treat yourself to something new and truly out of the ordinary.”

---Rocky Mountain News

“A top-notch debut. Harts prose is like Raymond Chandlers, angular and hard.”

--Entertainment Weekly (grade A)

“A gripping performance.”

---People magazine

“A marriage of carefully crafted prose alongside have-to-keep-reading suspense.”

---The Denver Post

“A masterful piece of writing.”

---The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

“A gripping mystery/thriller and a fully fleshed, thoughtful work of literature.”

---Winston-Salem Journal

The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire.”

---Pat Conroy

“John Harts debut . . .  is that most engrossing of rarities, a well-plotted mystery novel that is written in a beautifully poetic style.”

---Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama

“Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding.”

---The New York Times

 

Synopsis:

Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy--but being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Adam is beaten, accosted, and hostilely confronted by his family, including Grace, the young woman whose abandonment torments him still.

 

Then people start turning up dead.

 

Within this small Southern town, John Hart explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed--and whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

About the Author

John Hart was born and raised in North Carolina. He earned degrees in French, Accounting, and Law, but always aspired to write novels. After careers in law and in asset management, John now writes full time. He still makes his home in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312359317
Author:
Hart, John
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Author:
Sowers, Scott
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2, 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 10 CDs with a running time of 1
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 464 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312359317 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hart surpasses his bestselling debut, The King of Lies (2006), with his richly atmospheric second novel, which offers a tighter plot, more adroit pacing and less angst. Five years earlier, Adam Chase was arrested for murder, largely on the basis of his stepmother's sworn testimony against him. He was acquitted, but nearly everyone, including his father, still thinks he did it, and Adam's deep bitterness has kept him away from home ever since. Now, at the request of a childhood friend, he's back in Salisbury, N.C., where all the old demons still reside and new troubles await. The almost Shakespearean snarl of family ties is complicated by a very modern struggle between economic progress and love for the land, between haves and have-nots. Throughout, Hart expertly weaves his main theme: that by their freedom of choice, humans are capable of betrayal but also of forgiveness and redemption. This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature. 150,000 first printing; 15-city author tour. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Treat yourself to something new and truly out of the ordinary."
"Review" by , "[C]omplex, emotionally charged....Hart dexterously juggles a large cast of characters and several intricate plotlines....A truly splendid novel with a deep emotional core."
"Review" by , "Hart's sophomore effort surpasses his debut....Complex relationships blur the lines between friend and foe, heightening the suspense in this intricate, haunting story of a family in crisis, and the writing is simply superb. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Hart gathers the story's many strands into a satisfying and surprising conclusion, one that simultaneously reveals the true strength of family bonds and then sets them up to be tested again."
"Review" by , "Steamy Southern Gothic has much in common with Hart's successful debut, but its juicy melodrama often slides into pretentiousness."
"Review" by , "Hart's work invokes the spirit of the best of southern literature. Down River puts readers in the mind of topics explored by Thomas Wolfe, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, with a contemporary vision and edge that is memorable and haunting."
"Review" by , "A top-notch debut. Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "A gripping performance."
"Synopsis" by , In this follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, John Hart takes readers into the heart of a small Southern town, where he explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed — and just whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.
"Synopsis" by ,
"In a top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard." --Entertainment Weekly (Grade A) on The King of Lies
"Synopsis" by ,
Down River is the winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Everything that shaped him happened near that river….

Now its banks are filled with lies and greed, shame, and murder….

John Harts debut, The King of Lies, was compelling and lyrical, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times declaring, “There hasnt been a thriller as showily literate since Scott Turow came along.”  Now, in Down River, Hart makes a scorching return to Rowan County, where he drives his characters to the edge, explores the dark side of human nature, and questions the fundamental power of forgiveness.

Adam hase has a violent streak, and not without reason. As a boy, he saw things that no child should see, suffered wounds that cut to the core and scarred thin. The trauma left him passionate and misunderstood---a fighter. After being narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, Adam is hounded out of the only home hes ever known, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years he disappears, fades into the faceless gray of New York City. Now hes back and nobody knows why, not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind.

But Adam has his reasons.

Within hours of his return, he is beaten and accosted, confronted by his family and the women he still holds dear. No one knows what to make of Adams return, but when bodies start turning up, the small town rises against him and Adam again finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life, not just to prove his own innocence, but to reclaim the only life hes ever wanted.

Bestselling author John Hart holds nothing back as he strips his characters bare.  Secrets explode, emotions tear, and more than one person crosses the brink into deadly behavior as he examines the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and revenge.

A powerful, heart-pounding thriller, Down River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.

Praise for John Hart and The King of Lies

“Treat yourself to something new and truly out of the ordinary.”

---Rocky Mountain News

“A top-notch debut. Harts prose is like Raymond Chandlers, angular and hard.”

--Entertainment Weekly (grade A)

“A gripping performance.”

---People magazine

“A marriage of carefully crafted prose alongside have-to-keep-reading suspense.”

---The Denver Post

“A masterful piece of writing.”

---The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

“A gripping mystery/thriller and a fully fleshed, thoughtful work of literature.”

---Winston-Salem Journal

The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire.”

---Pat Conroy

“John Harts debut . . .  is that most engrossing of rarities, a well-plotted mystery novel that is written in a beautifully poetic style.”

---Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama

“Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding.”

---The New York Times

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy--but being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Adam is beaten, accosted, and hostilely confronted by his family, including Grace, the young woman whose abandonment torments him still.

 

Then people start turning up dead.

 

Within this small Southern town, John Hart explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed--and whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

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