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ISBN13: 9780312363758
ISBN10: 0312363753
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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:

"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 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:

"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:

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

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"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)

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

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"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

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"[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

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:

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.

Synopsis:

  "A STRIKING NEW TALENT."

--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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.

 

"READS LIKE A BOOK ON FIRE."--PAT CONROY

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.

 

"AN EXCEPTIONALLY DEEP AND COMPLEX MYSTERY THRILLER."

--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

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.

 

www.johnhartfiction.com

About the Author

John Hart was born and raised in North Carolina. For a time he practiced criminal defense law, but left his practice to write The King of Lies and work for a major Wall Street firm. John used to do foolish things, like fly helicopters and sail small boats across large oceans. Now, with two young daughters and a wife whom he loves, he writes books, which is harder but safer. John still makes his home in North Carolina.

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William Hardcastle, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by William Hardcastle)
Intense psychological examination of relations and family. Lucid and probing.
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JWW, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by JWW)
This book is at once a murder mystery, dysfunctional family saga and a story about finding redemption and your own path in life. At times I had a really hard time with the main character, some of his decisions are absolutely enraging but Hart’s writing is engrossing and kept me mesmerized throughout. With each twist and turn I had no idea where the story was going but I was happy to be along for the ride.
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cthorpe2, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by cthorpe2)
This is an outstanding mystery, along with being an engrossing family story. It is hard to believe that this is John Harts' first book. It will stay with you long after reading this wonderful novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312363758
Author:
Hart, John
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
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:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 400 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312363758 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 , "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 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 , "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 , "In a top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard. (Grade: A)"
"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."
"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 , "[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."
"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 ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
  "A STRIKING NEW TALENT."

--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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.

 

"READS LIKE A BOOK ON FIRE."--PAT CONROY

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.

 

"AN EXCEPTIONALLY DEEP AND COMPLEX MYSTERY THRILLER."

--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

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.

 

www.johnhartfiction.com

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