Iron House

Iron House

Book - 2011
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An old man is dying.

When the old man is dead they will come for him.

And they will come for her, to make him hurt.


John Hart has written three New York Times bestsellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. His books have been called "masterful" (Jeffery Deaver) and "gripping" ( People ) with "Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding" ( The New York Times ). Now he delivers his fourth novel--a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no reader will soon forget.



At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn't won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.



For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York's world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he's fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy. . . .



The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena--who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he's laid at her door-- back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he's been running from his whole life: Iron House.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780312380342
Branch Call Number: FIC Hart
Characteristics: viii, 421 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 14, 2018

I read John Hart's Redemption Road and it was so good, and I was really happy that I found a new author of several books so that should keep me busy. Then I got Iron House. I was so disappointed. I tried three different times to pick it up, but ended up putting it down. It just didn't hold my interest, too much filler. I'll take my time picking up another one by Hart.

Jan 08, 2018

I really enjoyed this one, my level of enjoyment is always measured by the difficulty I face in putting it down and getting some sleep!! I look forward to his next one.

Oct 29, 2017

Another great book from John Hart. He is a consumate author of the mystery genre. From page one you are hooked on the story of Michael and Julian. You have Michael and his life within the mafia type organization and then you come into the life of Julian - the life that Michael could have shared - which is filled with money and family. As this story unravels he keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure where all of this is leading. When all is over you are in a place that you would never have guessed. Highly recommend.

Jun 10, 2016

Not for the faint of heart. There is a great deal of violence throughout. It is centered on Michael's discovery of his brother who was lost to him many years ago. As a result, he is drawn into the lives of a powerful senator, his wife Abigail, and her faithful bodyguard. Murder, revenge and family are all intermingled to create a suspenseful and fast-moving thriller.

Jun 23, 2015

Loved this book! A great mystery, keeping you interested and guessing. Lots of intrigue and mystery. There is some violence to wade through, some very descriptive and gory but if you can make it through those sections, the book is really a great page turned. Very well written. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend. Intend to read more of John Hart's books.

Mar 01, 2015

I am happy to have discovered a new crime thriller type of author. I had never come across John Hart before and this book was really good, with a convoluted plot line that kept you guessing. The story of the two orphaned brothers was very good, and I like the setting in the North Carolina area. I am going to read all of Hart's other books!

Jun 27, 2014

Very thrilling indeed! John Hart captured my attention from the beginning. This was a great read!

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Twenty years ago, brothers Michael and Julian lived, unhappily, in a grim North Carolina orphanage. When another orphan was killed, Michael, the strong one, fled to New York City and eventually ended up as a hitman for the Mob. Sensitive, vulnerable Julian was adopted and took to exorcising his demons through his writing. They haven't seen each other since the night Michael ran away, but that's about to change as Julian comes under threat by one of Michael's rivals. With themes of loyalty and love laid against the violence and brutality of men and boys alike, their reconnection makes for compelling, if blood-soaked, reading." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter

Dec 03, 2012

Brutal but suspense-filled plot; brilliantly written

Nov 15, 2012

It's a little cliche at times, but still a pretty good story that kept my attention. I enjoyed reading it despite a bit of eye rolling.

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