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ISBN13: 9780312642365
ISBN10: 0312642369
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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

John Harts New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. With Down River, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with The Last Child, he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people hed been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing . . .

Undeterred by Hunts threats or his mothers pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.


The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The King of Lies" and "Down River" achieves his most significant work to date, in this intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

About the Author

JOHN HART is the Edgar Award--winning author of two New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies and Down River. His 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 him at

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William Hardcastle, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by William Hardcastle)
John Hart writes with such interpersonal insight, creating suspense and satisfyingly unforgettable stories. I was instantly brought into his vivid characters lives and their psychological intricate dilemmas. A fascinating tale told in the best prose of current writers.
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Kadykat, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Kadykat)
This is an amazing book about hardship, perseverance, enduring love and resurrection of faith. The author was able to wrap me into this beautifully woven story. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions and still left me wanting to read it several times more. A very worthwhile read, I highly recommend it!
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aliciap, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by aliciap)
I loved this book. The plot kept you on your toes.
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Hart, John
Minotaur Books
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery fiction
Psychological fiction
Detective / General
Popular Fiction-Suspense
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