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
"[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)
So much of this story is banal and expected. The main character is not believable
as he is always angry, shouting, etc. No sympathy for him.
This book took waayyyyy too long to get moving. The characters were depressing. I liked how things tied up at end but it wasn't until the last two hours of the book. Found it odd that the narrator used few accents, the book having taken place in the south.
The story line was good. Enough twists & surprises to keep it interesting. Complexity to characters - Hart captured place & time.
I did not care for the narration. I found it stiff and unsatisfying.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Worst father ever!
The first third of the book explains why a father is so evil and a wife is so wrong for this man. It was so depressing, I almost quit the book. But I'm glad I didn't. The book redeems itself and keeps you turning pages.
This book is a frustratingly poor attempt to imitate "Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. The titles are even similar-get it? A poor confused southern man with an over-bearing father and sainted mother, a sister with a history of mental illness. But John Hart is no Pat Conroy. All the characters are either too shallow or too unpleasant to care about. As another reviewer has said-the first half of the book is a whole lot of whining from the main character, who I never really liked. The action does pick up in the second half, but it didn't really save the book for me. I guess some people like his writing style-I found it very over done. So for the overall story I give it a 2-2 1/2.
Now about the narration: this narrator also does the CJ Box novels. His diction has a very strange pattern in which he emphasizes single words within sentences that make everything sound sinister and suspicious. Sometimes I can tune it out, other times it really annoys me. "he walked into the ROOM and saw a TABLE, with RED chairs. " [made up example-but you get the point.]
The combination of overworked writing, sad and unpleasant characters and the wierd narration made me stop listening about half way. Instead I got a paper copy of it from my local library and skimmed through it to find out 'who did it'. I will not be reading any John Hart in the future, and I will probably try to avoid this narrator.
Having just listened to another brilliant Grisham/Michael Beck (narrator) combination I know I have been spoiled, but seriously, I found this to be just such a dull book. The reasons have already been expressed by others in the ‘no’ camp so I won’t bother to reiterate them. The writer has potential but it is yet to be realized. What little interest it may have garnered in its labored fashion, was killed stone dead by awful narration.
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