Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York trying to wipe out the memory of his family's rejection. Until a phone call from his best friend summons him back to Red Water Farm. When he left North Carolina, Adam left for good. Now he has no choice but to return -- and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help. Within hours of arriving, ...Read MoreAdam Chase has spent the last five years in New York trying to wipe out the memory of his family's rejection. Until a phone call from his best friend summons him back to Red Water Farm. When he left North Carolina, Adam left for good. Now he has no choice but to return -- and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help. Within hours of arriving, Adam is beaten up, accosted and has to face the hostility of those closest to him, including Grace, the young woman he cannot forget. Nothing has changed.And then people start turning up dead.For a man only just acquitted of murder, Adam's homecoming does not go well. And he has a dark streak, a history of violence. Everyone doubts. No one trusts him. And as the past threatens to overshadow the present, Adam becomes the prime suspect for the new murders. He alone can clear his name ...Read Less
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Not only is this a well constructed mystery; but John Hart's insight into the human psyche, complexities of dysfunctional families, human frailities, and difficulties of forgiveness encourage the reader to think and feel deeply about life and personal issues.
Sep 1, 2007
John Hart's Second Great Thriller
The newest by the author of King of Lies is just as good and the action rolls from beginning to end. Hart's fluid writing style makes all his characters sharp and realistic. Adam Chase has been absent from his North Carolina home for several years but when he returns his past jumps out at him-literally and figuratively as he is attacked and acccused of past crimes. New murders occur that seem to put him further in the line of fire and volatile family relationships erupt. Suspenseful and smooth, don't miss it.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-06 Hart surpasses his bestselling debut, The King of Lies (2006), with his richly atmospheric second novel, which offers a tighter plot, more adroit pacing and less angst. Five years earlier, Adam Chase was arrested for murder, largely on the basis of his stepmother's sworn testimony against him. He was acquitted, but nearly everyone, including his father, still thinks he did it, and Adam's deep bitterness has kept him away from home ever since. Now, at the request of a childhood friend, he's back in Salisbury, N.C., where all the old demons still reside and new troubles await. The almost Shakespearean snarl of family ties is complicated by a very modern struggle between economic progress and love for the land, between haves and have-nots. Throughout, Hart expertly weaves his main theme: that by their freedom of choice, humans are capable of betrayal but also of forgiveness and redemption. This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature. 150,000 first printing; 15-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-26 Scott Sowers delivers a solid performance reading Hart's powerful second novel. Five years ago, Adam Chase was put on trial for the murder of a local teenager. Although he was acquitted of the crime, the majority of Rowan County, N.C., was never convinced of his innocence. The resulting hostility and humiliation compelled him to leave his hometown and escape to the anonymous streets of New York. A phone call from one of his oldest friends brings Adam back home, where he finds himself embroiled in a thick web of old family secrets and lies that lead back to that murder and to a death that has haunted him and his family for more than two decades. Hart writes with an intimate sense of melancholy and loss that Sowers resonates perfectly. Using a low-key, Southern accent to good advantage, Sowers draws the listener into the story from the very beginning with his simple, earnest delivery, and holds them tight. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 6). (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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