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Publisher's Summary

The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times best seller.

After five years, John Hart is back. Since his debut best seller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times best-seller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet.

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen....

This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.

©2016 John Hart (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 09-21-16

Darkly Disturbing

Small doses: That's how to listen to "Redemption Road".

If you have a tendency toward melancholy... Choose another book. This is my first listen to a Hart novel. At first it reminded me of early James Lee Burke when he was still poetical instead of polemical. Scott Shepard reinforces that feeling with the way his throat seems washed in south-of-the-Mason/Dixon-line ambiguity.

In a lot of ways, particularly in character development, this is a masterpiece. But the book's dark shadows are littered with torture and corpses to make my shuddering finger repeatedly punch the pause button. It was the disconcerting mire of psychological gloom that I found both disturbing, yet intriguing.

Imagine you're caught in the curiosity crawl of gridlocked vehicles forced to slowly pass a ghastly accident. And imagine you can only peer at the bloody puddles and torn bodies for moments and yet like a tongue beckoned back to a wobbly tooth... Your attention keeps returning to the carnage, anxious for order and explanation.

Do I recommend "Redemption Road"? Say yo've just eaten a m eat that's unexpectedly spiced with explosive jalepenos. Startled by its fiery impact, you still carefully ate it all, surprised that the napalm bites were oddly delicious. To you! Now, would you recommend the dish? To whom? With what sort of warning?

Okay, how's this? "Redemption Road" may be hazardously angsty. .

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Thrilled John Hart is Back

John Hart has not published a new book in 5 years so I could not wait for this one to arrive. I was not disappointed at all. His first 2 books (both Edgar Award Winners), "The King of Lies" and "Down River" are excellent. I am sure this book will also be nominated for an Edgar - deservedly so.

All of Hart's books are standalone - no series. New characters with each book so you can read them in any order. Detective Elizabeth Black was the main character in this story. I found her to be so frustrating and then fantastic at various parts of the story, I will just say she left me conflicted, but intrigued. There are lots of characters, but Hart does such a good job with character development, I was able to keep up with everyone throughout the story.

In this story, Hart allows the villain to narrate at times. Still, you are never sure "whodunit". I was still guessing to the end. I don't want to give anything away, but will let you know that once it got started, I couldn't stop listening.

Hope Hart is busy writing his next book. The narration was excellent.

34 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Stunning, Gripping, Remarkable

In the beginning few chapters I found the narration lacking and I could not understand where the story was going. Yet without realuzing it, I was gripped by both the narration and completely emersed in the novel.

Having read and listened to John Hart's previous works, I never dreamed he was capable of a novel of this magnitude. Redemption Road puts him in rare company. Thomas Harris and Joe Nesbo come to mind.

Its a complicated tale with several layers of mystery and intrigue. The characters are as intriguing as their secrets.

Scott Shepherd does a wonderful job narrating. 5 stars gatuntees I will be listening to this many times over the years.

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What a treat!

This is a slow starter, time for you to relax, kick back and get into the rhythm of a fine story teller. I wasn't sure I had a mystery but the author delivers as promised.

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One of a kind

Would you listen to Redemption Road again? Why?

I've been an Audible Customer for 4 years and listen to roughly 3 books a month. This book is one of the most engrossing stories I've had the pleasure to experience, the kind of book that makes an hour long commute go by in minutes. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Which character – as performed by Scott Shepherd – was your favorite?

Scott Shepherd did an amazing job....I was a big fan of Cry Baby.

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  • Liz
  • USA
  • 06-02-17

Unable to let go.

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

I found myself sitting in front of my muted television. I could not bring myself to remove the earbuds from my ears and put my ipod away. The movie playing out in my head, written by John Hart, while listening to the wonderful narration read by Scott Shepherd, was more enticing than anything on tv. John Hart develops characters first then wraps a tale around them. Scott Shepherd has so many varieties of emotion in his voice, there are some I've never before encountered.It is a beautifully sad, heartbreaking and healing book about the inner strength of humans of any age or place in life. I loved it.

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  • Eric
  • MALIBU, CA, United States
  • 07-30-16

blastedly good but... dark and challenging

yes, this book kept me up all night. it is incredibly dark and some parts are so difficult to get through, but once i got pulled in, i could not let go, and (minispoiler alert based on the title) you expect by the end that there is redemption, so you are holding out for that all the way through the evil and suspense. the presence of two psychopaths independently operating in evil synergy and surrounded by enablers made this challenging on the premise level, but heck, it worked. the complaint that the characters were one dimensional is bewildering. elizabeth was anything but. same for the others. great writing, but dark. not for the squeamish.

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I can't explain those 5 star reviews

To be honest, I couldn't wait for it to end. Perhaps other John Hart novels are all they are cracked up to be, but this book reads like he didn't have a single editor or friend critique it before publication. I read a lot of mysteries, and I wouldn't consider myself to be overly critical. I just want an entertaining story. None of the characters in Redemption Road are likable, nor or they dynamic or multi-dimensional in any sense. The plot is far-fetched, predictable, and far too slow since we had to indulge detailed explorations of each character's tortured soul in between moments of minimal action. No tension is built because every character is so despairing from chapter 1 that there is nowhere for them to go. The narrator'a voice is pleasant, and it does seem the author made an attempt to elevate his prose--there is an occasional line that works. But most of the time, I was groaning aloud at the self-indulgent phrases like "...and then the world was all darkness and strange men," or "his eyes were filled with something inexplicable and cold." Not verbatim quotes, but you get the idea. The metaphors are lazy and, frankly, it felt like being trapped in 12 hours of a freshman-level creative writing workshop. Trust me, there are many, many other 3.5 star mysteries available on Audible that will be a more enjoyable listen than this.

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Riveting story

Loved this one. In fact, was up all night listening. Hart continues to be a favorite.

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Not up to his usual stuff.

Didn't much care for it. I have read all of author's books and typically love them. Figured out the serial killer pretty early on (and I'm usually lousy at that) and had to suspend disbelief constantly. I found the main storyline, along with the myriad subplots, for the most part, ridiculous. I kept falling asleep while trying to listen to it in the evening and the narrator read so slowl I sped it up to 1.5; I have never had to do that. In a nutshell: unbelievable characters (or should I say, caricatures), and really stupid actions/inactions by them. I felt like I was stuck in a really bad B-movie, and I kept saying/thinking things like, "no one would act like that, she wouldn't say/do that, this is just plain stupid...." Well, you get the idea.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful