The King of Lies

The King of Lies

Book - 2006
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From the masterful New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and Down River, comes this tour de force of murder and the dark ripples it sends through a man, his family and community.

Jackson Workman Pickens--known to most as Work--mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they've endured.
And then Ezra's body is discovered.
Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect. But so does Jean. 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, Work fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gavehis heart so many years before.

Praise for King of Lies :
"The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire." ---Pat Conroy

"Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding." -- New York Times

"[An] ambitious debut thriller...a gripping performance." -- People Magazine
"Compares favorably to the best of Scott Turow" -- Publishers Weekly (starred)

"A striking new talent." -- Entertainment Weekly

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312677374
9780312363758
0312363753
9780312341619
031234161X
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,25 cm.

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magro
Mar 01, 2017

Hard to put down, great book, the writing style with the description of the different characters is hard to beat. Recommend this book if you like to be on the edge. I will look for more of his books.

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slang123
May 09, 2016

The professional reviews cover this novel thoroughly, so I do not need to add to that. This book is well written with a methodical plot, building to a dramatic and believable finish.

In the "Quotes" section are a few examples of Hart's wonderful prose.

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jmh14507
Jan 07, 2014

Very slow moving and predictable Story could have been told in half the time. Had to rely on postscript to finish the story.

ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"When his father's body surfaces 18 months after he was last seen alive, Jackson "Work" Pickens, a North Carolina defence attorney, tries to get to the bottom of the murder in a complex debut thriller that Booklist says "grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go." Under suspicion himself, Work must deal with his father's continued power over him, his loveless and unhappy marriage, his emotionally disturbed sister, and the wrenching secrets from the past dredged up as he searches for his father's killer and faces up to the choices he's made." Thrillers and Suspense October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688170

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nipper
May 23, 2011

good writing, good story.....good book

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jbradley
Jan 04, 2010

John Hart's first, and imho best, novel. Gripping tale of a man finding his own way after years of toeing the line.

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slang123
May 09, 2016

"I decided instead to find an innocuous lunch and the courage to face again my childhood home and the memories of broken bones that lay like stained carpet on the formal staircase."

"Sex and tears, like sun and rain, were never meant to share a moment, but for a fallen soul, an act of wrong could, at times, feel very right, and that scared the hell out of me."

"But memory can be like a floodgate, once opened hard to close, and as I drove, images and feelings marched upon me like waves."

"Our truest self is often the person we allow no one else to see - who we are when we are alone."

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