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Title:
Redemption road
Author(s):
Hart, John, 1965-
ISBN/ISSN:
9780312380366 (hardcover)

0312380364 (hardcover)
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
417 pages ; 25 cm
Abstract:
"Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. Now after five years, John Hart is back with a stunning literary thriller. Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long? And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened... This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy. Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. With each novel Hart has climbed higher on the New York Times Bestseller list, with his last two books - The Last Child and Iron House - landing squarely in the top ten. His masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel. After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet"-- Provided by publisher.
Pub Date:
Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
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Now at NYT Besteller

Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.

Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies , reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times Bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child . Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet.
Imagine:

A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen…

This is a town on the brink.

This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.


Author Notes

John Hart was born in Durham, North Carolina, in 1965. He graduated from Davidson College with a degree in French Literature. He later earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. He has written several books including The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. He has received several awards including the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, the Barry Award, and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* It's been five long years since readers were racing through Hart's gripping Iron House, but, finally, it's time again for heart rates to soar. Returning to small-town North Carolina, Hart unwinds another complex plot, rich in backstory but driven by a propulsive main narrative in which troubled cop Elizabeth Black (Hart's first female protagonist) deals with a closetful of demons as she tries to track a serial killer who stages grisly murders in an abandoned church where her estranged father once ministered to his devoted flock. In the background, however, there is the equally compelling story of 14-year-old Gideon Strange, whose mother was one of the killer's victims and who has vowed to exact revenge on the man convicted of the crime, former cop Adrian Wall, released from prison after 13 years as the novel opens. Elizabeth, quietly in love with Adrian, still believes in his innocence, but when another murder occurs, and all clues point again to Adrian, she finds herself forced to make choices that will define the rest of her life. The identity of the killer, though not revealed until nearly the end, is evident early on, but somehow that hardly matters, either in terms of the steadily ratcheting tension or our involvement with the three central characters, whose inner lives are as much of the story here as their eventual fates in the maelstrom of violence that engulfs them. Hart plays brilliantly on the tradition of the southern gothic, but his grasp of character gives this novel and all his works the extra dimension that extends his audience well beyond adrenaline junkies. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Edgar winner and a writer who's batting 1,000 on New York Times best-sellers, Hart hasn't lost his touch.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this stellar crime thriller, Edgar-winner Hart (Iron House) explores the human capacity for resilience and trust in the face of heartbreaking betrayal. North Carolina police detective Elizabeth Black faces the prospect of criminal charges arising from her gunning down two men who were sexually abusing 18-year-old Channing Shore in an abandoned house. Given that Elizabeth, a white cop, shot the men, who were black, 18 times, the incident has attracted major media attention. But Elizabeth seems strangely indifferent to the investigation's outcome. Her plate gets even fuller after Adrian Wall, a cop she once had feelings for, is paroled after 13 years in jail for murdering a woman, a crime she always believed he didn't commit, despite compelling forensic evidence. Adrian is almost gunned down by the victim's revenge-seeking son and again finds himself a suspect when another woman is killed. Though Hart employs plot twists effectively, it's his powerful, wounded but courageous lead whom readers will remember. 200,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

After rescuing a teenage girl from two kidnapper/rapists and shooting them 18 times, Det. Elizabeth Black, a 13-year veteran in North Carolina, faces suspension. Adrian Wall, a former cop, is just getting out of prison after 13 years, having been tortured by a sadistic warden seeking a robbery stash. Wall was convicted of leaving Julia Strange's body on the church altar where Elizabeth's father is pastor. A second and then a third murdered woman appear on the altar of the now abandoned church and Wall is the suspect. When nine graves are found beneath the altar, Elizabeth and Wall, both now fugitives, frantically try to evade capture while seeking the real killer. VERDICT Hart is a former stockbroker and defense lawyer whose last two novels have won consecutive Edgar Awards (The Last Child and Down River). He is a skilled writer who can plumb the minds of a wide range of characters while building tension with an intricate plot and revealing backstories. The somewhat overly idyllic ending doesn't detract much from readers' wonder at this accomplished achievement. [See Prepub Alert, 11/23/15.]-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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