An old man is dying. When the old man is dead, they will come for him. And they will come for her, to make him hurt.
John Hart has written three New York Times best sellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. His books have been called “masterful” (Jeffery Deaver) and “gripping” (People) with “Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding” (The New York Times). Now he delivers his fourth novel—a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no listener will soon forget.
He would go to Hell....
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.
To keep her safe....
For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy.
Go to Hell and come back burning....
The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he’s laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House.
©2011 John Hart (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Each of Hart's books is different and well done. I live close to his hometown and that is why I read his first novel. After that one, I came back for the excellent writing, tight plots and characters who are hard to forget.
I almost didn't purchase this book because of some of the negative reviews, however I'm so glad I decided to go for it. I LOVED IT! Everytime I turned it off I thought about it and couldn't wait to get back to the story. I didn't find any down points and it kept my attention the WHOLE time. This is this first time I've taken the time to write a review because I wanted people not to skip over this based on other's low reviews.
This is my favorite mystery-thriller writer and I have read thousands of those books. Many years ago, I discovered Ruth Rendell's work and went to tell everyone about it. Now I have discovered that JOHN HART is a writer for my taste ~ he keeps me on a sentence Rollercoaster without dipping down to the level of King or Koontz. ( I know that both men can write a fine patch of prose.) While I 'm in that prose patch, I would like to read some fine literature mixed with my chillblains.
This starts out being a rather ponderous Mob book but after only a few chapters, I was totally immersed--and I stayed "with" the storyline to the last.
This is a wonderful book but for Mature audiences because of violence and cursing...
John Hart is an excellent and often poetic writer with a beautiful turn of phrase.The story itself was very dark and covered topics such as extreme bullying, child abuse, and torture.The tory held together but the darkness of the characters particularly the lead one, Michael made this an extreme departure from his other books.Michael is a mob enforcer an hit man who has killed many people. In the beginning of the book he tries to retire. This sets off a whole series of events involving Michael, his pregnant girl friend, and his brother.Mr Hart has tried to make Michael a likeable and sympathetic character and has only partially suceeded. He explains the things that made michael what he is.It was Michael's lack of remorse for the deaths that he casued of any ill gotten gains that ultimately ruined him as a character for me. It was hard to be too sympathetic toward him. I thought had he shown remorse it would have been much better.Abigail is also a comples and ultimately strange character
Changed the ending. There were at least two lead characters who should not have been free at the end. Michael as I have said needed to show remorse.
everything. He is excellent.
yes, but very unlike John Hart's other books, For all of its faults it was impossible to stop listening to.
Not for anyone who likes a tidy ending and ultimate justice.
Reader And Listener
The story, the reader both have issues but I had no trouble finishing the book. I waited for this one and was a little bit disappointed after the past two but it would be hard to live up to them.
I've read / listened to all of John Hart's books. All have been great and Scott Sowers does an excellent job narrating the story. Check out all four of Hart's works - you will not be disappointed!
I'm surprised by the negative reviews on this. The author isn't the greatest especially with Elena but I think the story in engrossing thus far. I loved, loved, loved Last Child and am trying to catch up on all of John Hart's books. This is my second, Down River is next.
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