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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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    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Rancho Santa Fe, CA, United States 05-27-09
    Lisa Rancho Santa Fe, CA, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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.

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    Donald 08-12-07
    Donald 08-12-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Sordid"

    Every day in the news there are samples of the unhappy events in this mystery. Why read a novel that has yet more? One can craft a good mystery without this material from the gutter of human experience. Clint Eastwood could have made good westerns, but in all I've seen a woman is raped or abused. I don't watch Eastwood's westerns and won't read any stories from Hart's pen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Lodi, NJ, United States 06-21-07
    Joy Lodi, NJ, United States 06-21-07
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    "King of Lies"

    A boring account of a dysfunctional family.

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    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07
    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Just ok"

    I did like the narrator, and I think that carried the story better than if I had read this book in print. The story itself is not steller, and not horrible. One review wrote about the class system in the south and its depiction in the book (that was a major deciding factor in my download), but there was nothing really geographically specific there. Overall the book did make my daily commute less of a chore, but there are better written stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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