STARRED REVIEW
May 03, 2011

Small-town suspense

By John Hart
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In his 2006 debut hit thriller, The King of Lies, John Hart made a name for himself as a must-read author. Hart’s first novel was a powerful and provocative murder mystery that earned him an Edgar nomination for Best First Novel and left readers anxiously awaiting his next book.

In Down River, Hart introduces readers to Adam Chase, a troubled man with a heavier past than most. Known for his violent temper, Adam was arrested for murder five years ago, and even though he was acquitted, no one believes he is innocent, not even Adam’s own father. Having left the town that rejected him, Adam finally returns home to Salisbury, N.C., at the request of a friend but finds that the demons of his past still lurk in the shadows, ever ready to pounce and drag him down.

Down River is a fascinating look at class issues in a small Southern town and the way a family can be driven apart through suspicion and anger. The story follows a fevered pace that drags readers along for a gripping ride filled with heart-thumping twists and turns. Readers that aren’t afraid to take a walk on the wild side will find themselves right at home here.

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Down River

Down River

By John Hart
Griffin
ISBN 9780312677381

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