Jackson Workman Pickens - 'Work' to his friends - an unambitious lawyer in a small Southern town, has some serious baggage. His mother died a year ago from a 'fall' down the family's colonial staircase and his father, Ezra, has been missing ever since. Work is left to deal with his psychologically damaged sister, his father's legal caseload and ...Read MoreJackson Workman Pickens - 'Work' to his friends - an unambitious lawyer in a small Southern town, has some serious baggage. His mother died a year ago from a 'fall' down the family's colonial staircase and his father, Ezra, has been missing ever since. Work is left to deal with his psychologically damaged sister, his father's legal caseload and his own rocky marriage. Power and greed bring many enemies, especially for a man as cruel as Ezra Pickens, so when his body turns up pretty much everyone in town is a suspect - but only one man is charged with the murder. With time, his wife and public opinion against him, Work embarks on his toughest case yet: proving his own innocence. His investigation will uncover a web of intrigue he could never have imagined - and he soon realises that no one is above suspicion - even those he loves most.Read Less
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Love all John Hart books. Can't wait for the next one
Nov 10, 2011
So many twists and Turns
I like legal thrillers and complex plots. This indeed fits the bill. Fast moving, and emotionally satisfying.
Aug 13, 2010
John Hart is at the top of my new favorite author's list.
His characters are real, his dialogue is splendid, the plots are strong--I'm waiting--none too patiently--for him to write more.
Sep 11, 2008
Glad I've discovered John Hart!
I've only recently discovered John Hart. I read "Down River" first and was simply blown away -- first time in a long time that I've stayed up past my bedtime to read one more chapter, then just one more. I enjoyed "The King of Lies" a little less than "Down River" but it is, after all, Hart's first published work. I'm eagerly awaiting his 3rd offering!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-16 Hart's stunning debut, an exceptionally deep and complex mystery thriller, compares favorably to the best of Scott Turow. Jackson Workman Pickens, whom most people call "Work," is a struggling North Carolina criminal defense attorney. Work has wrestled with inner demons for most of his life, especially after the death of his mother and the disappearance of his wealthy father, Ezra Pickens, a highly successful lawyer who took him into his practice. Trapped in a loveless marriage and haunted by poor emotional choices and his sister's psychological trauma, Work finds himself under suspicion when his father's corpse surfaces more than a year after Ezra was last seen alive. Work's quest for the truth behind his father's demise opens old wounds and forces him to face the consequences of his own decisions. Few readers will be able to resist devouring this tour-de-force in one or two sittings-or clamoring for more John Hart. 75,000 first printing; 10-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-10 These days most novels are performed, not narrated. The skillful actors who have made audiobooks their art form take on multiple voices-male and female, old and young. Chandler's careful reading is generally disappointing. His lack of vocal range is all too obvious. Lawyer and murder suspect "Work" Pickens sounds exactly like his female nemesis, Detective Mills. Work's wife, Barbara, could be his brother. Oddly, the homeless Max, a minor player in this thriller, has the most distinctive voice. Another problem is that Chandler's performance is devoid of the lovely North Carolina lilt, which is an essential component of this novel, much as John Grisham's South looms large in his characters' psyches. Too frequently, Chandler seems to suffer from dry mouth as his tongue separates audibly from the roof of his mouth. Water, please! On a more positive note, Chandler reads Hart's delicious similes and clever phrasing with slow elegance. Hart's writing sparkles throughout, and this is a compelling story, one the reader won't turn off, despite a performance that doesn't matches the brilliance of the novel. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Minotaur hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 16). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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