The King of Lies
By John Hart
'Presumed Innocent meets Fatal Attraction... Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard...' - Entertainment Weekly
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 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.
John Hart was born in North Carolina in 1965, and lives with his wife and two young children in Rowan County, where The King of Lies is set. He has degrees in French, accounting and law, and worked as a banker, stockbroker and attorney before beginning his writing career. The King of Lies is his first book.
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24 Jul 2008
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'Smart and swift-moving... Hart knows his way around the courtrooms and jailhouses...the way that Grisham and Turow do' — Pat Conroy
'Akin to the close-range gut-roiling atmosphere summoned by the legal thrillers of Scott Turow' — New York Times
'Presumed Innocent meets Fatal Attraction. Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard...' — Entertainment Weekly
'Nobody does hate like Southerners, and you'll find plenty of it in the characters slithering through this well-spun murder mystery... a gripping performance' — People magazine
'A fast-paced mystery debut' — Wall Street Journal
John Hart has hit a home run with his first novel, The King Of Lies, which has garnered universal and well-deserved rave reviews — Deadly Pleasures
A lovely writing style that's full-bodied and lyrical — Deadly Pleasures