The King of LieseBook - 2011
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.
Now with an excerpt from John Hart's next book The Hush , available February 2018.
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"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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