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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, Down River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.

Review:

"Scott Sowers delivers a solid performance reading Hart's powerful second novel. Five years ago, Adam Chase was put on trial for the murder of a local teenager. Although he was acquitted of the crime, the majority of Rowan County, N.C., was never convinced of his innocence. The resulting hostility and humiliation compelled him to leave his hometown and escape to the anonymous streets of New York. A phone call from one of his oldest friends brings Adam back home, where he finds himself embroiled in a thick web of old family secrets and lies that lead back to that murder and to a death that has haunted him and his family for more than two decades. Hart writes with an intimate sense of melancholy and loss that Sowers resonates perfectly. Using a low-key, Southern accent to good advantage, Sowers draws the listener into the story from the very beginning with his simple, earnest delivery, and holds them tight." Publishers Weekly(Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"If you value Harper Lee, James Lee Burke, Truman Capote, and Michael Malone...it's time to add John Hart to your bookshelves." New York Sun

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"Riveting. Down River will sweep you away." Richmond Times-Dispatch

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

Adam Chase is passionate and misunderstood, a fighter. When narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, he disappears for five long years: not a clue, not a trace. Now, hes back and nobody knows why—not his family or the cops, not the women he left behind. But Adam has his reasons.

When more bodies surface, Adam must unravel a web of deceit and violence so dense it staggers the imagination. Old secrets rise, lives collapse, and more than one person crosses the brink as author Hart probes the timeless, destructive power of deception and vengeance.

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

Synopsis:

John Harts debut, THE KING OF LIES, catapulted him onto the New York Times bestseller list and earned comparisons to the works of Raymond Chandler, John Grisham, and Scott Turow. Now, Hart delivers another thriller of profound insight and psychological complexity with DOWN RIVER

“Truly splendid.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

Adam Chase is passionate and misunderstood, a fighter. When narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, he disappears for five long years: not a clue, not a trace. Now, hes back and nobody knows why—not his family or the cops, not the women he left behind. But Adam has his reasons.

“The thrills come fast and furious.”—The Washington Post

When more bodies surface, Adam must unravel a web of deceit and violence so dense it staggers the imagination. Old secrets rise, lives collapse, and more than one person crosses the brink as author Hart probes the timeless, destructive power of deception and vengeance.

 “Nail-biting suspense.”—Raleigh News and Observer

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 asset management, John now writes full-time. He still makes his home in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Visit him on the Web at www.johnhartfiction.com.

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katknit, January 12, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
Another North Carolinian, Thomas Wolfe, famously said that you can't go home again. Reluctantly returning to his home town 5 years after leaving in disgrace, Adam Chase tests that proposition, and finds it - nearly - impossible. In the tradition of southern writer, author John Hart places a family under the microscope to reveal darkness and dangerous secrets, viciousness and violence, and a hidden yet pervasive web of vengeance, jealousy, and greed.

Adam is a brooding sort of anti-hero, his natural impetuosity fueled by the rage that has simmered since his mother's suicide. Other characters run the gamut from fragile southern belle to big daddy to high stakes gambler to small town cop. Those who inhabit this novel are much more than types, however, with fully developed personalities and individual faults and virtues. Loyalty is the theme underlying this tale, and nearly everyone must come to terms with issues of truth and trust along the way. Some lives are literally destroyed, while others will be capable of redemption. Down River is a skillfully written mystery filled with tension and suspense, providing a highly satisfying reading experience.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312945664
Author:
Hart, John
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 384 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312945664 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Scott Sowers delivers a solid performance reading Hart's powerful second novel. Five years ago, Adam Chase was put on trial for the murder of a local teenager. Although he was acquitted of the crime, the majority of Rowan County, N.C., was never convinced of his innocence. The resulting hostility and humiliation compelled him to leave his hometown and escape to the anonymous streets of New York. A phone call from one of his oldest friends brings Adam back home, where he finds himself embroiled in a thick web of old family secrets and lies that lead back to that murder and to a death that has haunted him and his family for more than two decades. Hart writes with an intimate sense of melancholy and loss that Sowers resonates perfectly. Using a low-key, Southern accent to good advantage, Sowers draws the listener into the story from the very beginning with his simple, earnest delivery, and holds them tight." Publishers Weekly(Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If you value Harper Lee, James Lee Burke, Truman Capote, and Michael Malone...it's time to add John Hart to your bookshelves."
"Review" by , "Riveting. Down River will sweep you away."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,

Adam Chase is passionate and misunderstood, a fighter. When narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, he disappears for five long years: not a clue, not a trace. Now, hes back and nobody knows why—not his family or the cops, not the women he left behind. But Adam has his reasons.

When more bodies surface, Adam must unravel a web of deceit and violence so dense it staggers the imagination. Old secrets rise, lives collapse, and more than one person crosses the brink as author Hart probes the timeless, destructive power of deception and vengeance.

Down River is the winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
"Synopsis" by ,

John Harts debut, THE KING OF LIES, catapulted him onto the New York Times bestseller list and earned comparisons to the works of Raymond Chandler, John Grisham, and Scott Turow. Now, Hart delivers another thriller of profound insight and psychological complexity with DOWN RIVER

“Truly splendid.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

Adam Chase is passionate and misunderstood, a fighter. When narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, he disappears for five long years: not a clue, not a trace. Now, hes back and nobody knows why—not his family or the cops, not the women he left behind. But Adam has his reasons.

“The thrills come fast and furious.”—The Washington Post

When more bodies surface, Adam must unravel a web of deceit and violence so dense it staggers the imagination. Old secrets rise, lives collapse, and more than one person crosses the brink as author Hart probes the timeless, destructive power of deception and vengeance.

 “Nail-biting suspense.”—Raleigh News and Observer

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