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The King of Lies Audiobook

The King of Lies

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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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    Kristine Hornsby Westfield, Australia 01-18-15
    Kristine Hornsby Westfield, Australia 01-18-15

    A bush baby (boomer) in the Aussie bushland shire, edge of Sydney. Loves to listen & knit on train journey to n fro work :-)

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    "a dumb clever man's ordeal in his own mind"

    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.

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    Coffeeguy KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, US 01-16-15
    Coffeeguy KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, US 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Story"

    Great murder mystery...surprise ending! Well done with a feel good ending! I enjoyed listening from start to finish, highly recommend it!

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    leslie 01-13-15
    leslie 01-13-15
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    "Had to finish!"

    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.

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    Amanda 01-12-15
    Amanda 01-12-15
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    "Good Story!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story and plot. Narrator was a little flat, but still enjoyed it! It's a real good listen!

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    Loren 01-09-15
    Loren 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    It grabs you right from the beginning and doesn't let go! One of the best books I've listened to so far.

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    Lynn 01-02-15
    Lynn 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story"

    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.

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    Janice Smith Hawaii 12-30-14
    Janice Smith Hawaii 12-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you guessing til the end!"

    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.

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    CMCvilleMin 12-30-14
    CMCvilleMin 12-30-14
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    "Better than earlier reviews"

    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!

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    12-12-14
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    "John Hart's articulated vocabulary was refreshing."
    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Regrettably, I found the narrator's swallowing noises annoying and distracting... sorry David... but I wish the editing had been state-of-the-art.


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    Anne 02-26-13
    Anne 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK"
    What did you like best about The King of Lies? What did you like least?

    It was just ok for me - alet down from the Iron House which is the first book I read of his.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Hart before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as Ironhouse or The Last Child


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