The King of Lies

John Hart, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne $22.95 (310p) ISBN 978-0-312-34161-9

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)

Reviewed on: 01/16/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 605 pages - 978-0-7862-8884-7
Compact Disc - 11 pages - 978-1-4193-9612-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 385 pages - 978-0-312-36375-8
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