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The King of Lies

Hart, John

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The King of Lies
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"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 encountered. 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 gave his heart so many years before."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2011, c2006
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 0312677375
9780312677374
Branch Call Number: FICTION HART 2011
Characteristics: xvi, 413 p. ;,21 cm

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Join the discussion on Sept. 16, 2014. 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 encountered. And then Ezra's body is discove... Read More »


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

"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

May 23, 2011
  • nipper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 14, 2010
  • jbradley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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