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Redemption Road A Novel.
Publication Information:
St. Martins, Tor, Forge (Mass Market) 2019/01
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"Hart has taken it to another this novel." --David Baldacci

From the award-winning author of five New York Times bestselling novels comes a "gripping, believable story that doesn't rest until the last sentence" (Associated Press).

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 while, 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 .

" extraordinary novel in which the human heart proves the most confounding mystery of all."-- Providence Journal

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 2

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

Hart (The Last Child) starts this story with a bang: an ex-cop released from prison, a gun-toting boy out for revenge, a cop accused of executing a pair of child rapists, and more, all converging on a city ready to explode. And when murdered women are found in an abandoned church, that discovery leads to nine graves under the altar. The depth of emotion in Hart's words is palpable, and listeners will feel every nuanced sentiment that the characters are experiencing. The narration of Scott Shepherd is exceptionally well done, particularly his inflections and judicious use of pauses. VERDICT Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy well--constructed crime fiction. ["The somewhat overly idyllic ending doesn't detract much from readers' wonder at this accomplished achievement": LJ 2/1/16 review of the Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's hc.]-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.