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)
A bush baby (boomer) in the Aussie bushland shire, edge of Sydney. Loves to listen & knit on train journey to n fro work :-)
I found the slow pace and obvious overlooked 'clues' annoying. The overall story of a family's trauma was ok. Work did not seem very clever at times, overlooking too much to focus in one direction... far too self-centred in some ways. At odds with his desire to protect Jean.
The narrator was oddly paced... sometimes rushing on at the end of a chapter and leaving too much space at the beginning (or was that poor editing?). You could also hear him swallow (or take a drink) at times. His differentiation of voices was not very well done.
Great murder mystery...surprise ending! Well done with a feel good ending! I enjoyed listening from start to finish, highly recommend it!
This is my third John Hart book and it did not disappoint. He has such a way with communicating tragedy and fragility without making you want to jump off a bridge! You, instead, feel empathy (depending on the character!!) and cheer them on all while trying to solve a murder.
John Hart was a new author to me a few years ago. I have listened to all his books. This one was good but more predictable than his others. His other books really are very engaging and you can't always see what's ahead. This is an enjoyable listen though with a great narrator.
I liked this book better than most Grisham novels and I love Grisham books. All of the key characters have great depth enough to make you hate some and love others. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I agree with the earlier reviewer. The book is a really great read. Yes the production could have been better, but I wouldn't have noticed anything had others not mentioned it. I really like the narrator's voice. I'm glad Audible had this one on sale!
This was my first time listening to David Chandler's narration. I am comfortable with his voice, and found myself quietly hanging on to each word and break in sentences.
Regrettably, I found the narrator's swallowing noises annoying and distracting... sorry David... but I wish the editing had been state-of-the-art.
It was just ok for me - alet down from the Iron House which is the first book I read of his.
Not as good as Ironhouse or The Last Child
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