John Hart writes like a poet, and I couldn't put down this novel, an utterly riveting story of crime and its profound ripple effects on the human psyche. I have long been a fan of John Hart, but in REDEMPTION ROAD, he has topped himself.
People in publishing have always known that John Hart can flat-out write. His prose conjures comparisons with James Lee Burke in its sultry, melodious alchemy. With REDEMPTION ROAD John Hart has taken it to another level. The prologue is heart-wrenching and the chapters thereafter pull you in like matter to a black hole. Read this novel. And then go back and read all of his others. He's that good.
Big, bold, and impossible to put down, REDEMPTION ROAD had me from page one. John Hart is a master storyteller.
Seven years ago, I raved over Hart's exceptional novel, The Last Child, and in the ensuing years he has blossomed into one of today's finest thriller writers - certainly in the same league as David Baldacci, John Grisham, Frederick Forsyth and Lee Child. This is a richly satisfying story. There are moments when Hart's writing soars off the page with a lyricism that probably only James Lee Burke can match. Unforgettable.
Hart returns with a masterfully crafted thriller that captivates from the first page.
Five years have gone by since his fourth novel, 2011's Iron House was published, but Redemption Road proves the wait was worth it. While Hart's previous mysteries were atmospheric tales enhanced by aspects of the Southern novel, Redemption Road is fueled by more of a thriller plot with acute attention to its well-sculpted characters. As the title implies, Hart's novel is about redemption, but also about trust and betrayal, and those emotional roads that most of us never want to travel.
In this stellar crime thriller, Edgar-winner Hart (Iron House) explores the human capacity for resilience and trust in the face of heartbreaking betrayal...Though Hart employs plot twists effectively, it s his powerful, wounded but courageous lead whom readers will remember.
There's no easier way to say it: Redemption Road is simply great writing.