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The King of Lies Audiobook

The King of Lies

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.
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Publisher's Summary

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.

©2006 John Hart; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author

"[A] stunning debut, an exceptionally deep and complex mystery thriller....Few readers will be able to resist." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a first novel that lunges off the page, just grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go....Hart is a fine stylist, turning phrases with a panache that recalls Raymond Chandler." (Booklist)

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    Nick Glendale, AZ, United States 07-31-11
    Nick Glendale, AZ, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprises"

    This one takes a while to get moving. I almost quit listening about halfway into it, but the author pulled a couple of surprises, hooked me again, then built to a smashing finish. Wound up loving it.

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    Esther Robina, Australia 11-16-10
    Esther Robina, Australia 11-16-10
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    "The King of Lies"

    Love anything by John Hart. Well written and very interesting. Marvelous reader with a great voice

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    Carolina Westmeadows, Australia 10-11-10
    Carolina Westmeadows, Australia 10-11-10
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    "It drags a bit towards the middle..."

    Overall it is not a bad book. The story is interesting enough so that you really discover the killer right at the end, which is good. The problem is that the main character is so obsessed with one angle of the story through most of the book that it gets really anoying and boring and it drags a bit. In my view it is inconceivable that a normal person would not even consider alternatives to the facts, so the character made me feel like I was wasting my time. But through some perseverance I was surprised with an unexpected ending, which made the book worth it.
    Another point to consider is the poor editing of the audio, which lets trough too many saliva sounds from the narrator. I only listened to the book while driving as the soung got a bit muffled by the car engine.

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    jack 09-03-10
    jack 09-03-10
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    "Waste of time"

    A very poorly written book, repetitive, with a pathetic protagonist, made worse by the narrator.

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    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 05-02-10
    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 05-02-10
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    "HORRIBLE NARRATION"

    To say i am disappointed in the audiobook is an understatement but it has nothing to do with the actual book but with the narration. I found the saliva and lip noises disgusting. it got to the point where i wasnt listening to the words but to the narrators disgusting mouth noises. after listening to John harts other two books which were fantastic, i was so keen to start this one and even though i had read about the saliva noises it didnt show up much on the sample, so i wasnt too concerned. I tried so hard to concentrate on what he was saying but after about 3 hours i had to give it up. surely the production company can minimize this problem as i am sure it would have been a great book. Disgusting!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-12-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-12-10 Member Since 2010

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    "A Waste of Time"

    Sorry to be so down on this book, but it brings very little to the table. Not that good of a story, it's suppose to be a mystery but the writer does a poor job in keeping it mysterious or keeping the reader/listener intrigued with suspense. And to make matters worse, the narration while good, isn't too authentic. For a story that suppose to take place down in North Carolina, shouldn't the characters have some kind of a Southern accent?

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    L. D. Smits 05-27-09
    L. D. Smits 05-27-09
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    "I LOVED IT!...but"

    I loved this book, I uploaded it immediately after finishing The King of Lies (Which was amazing!) It was the first I'd ever hear of this author, I just couldn't stop listening. I could see the story in my head. Descriptive and incredible. However, this narrator David Chandler needs some help. His lip smacking and saliva noises were so distracting! I will never download a book that he reads again. Yuck! He almost ruined it for me but it was just to great a book, I couldn't help but love it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 02-12-09
    Peter 02-12-09
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    "Not too bad"

    I picked this up having already listened to "Down River", which I recommend over this book. I didn't think all the characters were entirely believable; however, my complaints would spoil the book, so I'll leave it at that.

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    Pam Wilmington, NC, USA 09-14-08
    Pam Wilmington, NC, USA 09-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "slow starting, dense"

    this might have been one I would have enjoyed more as a written book.

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    Steve Arlington, TX, USA 09-18-07
    Steve Arlington, TX, USA 09-18-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Painful"

    A cliche in every sentence. A good story ruined by purple prose. Bullwer-Lytton would be proud.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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