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The King of Lies by John Hart
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Mar 28, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 23 to 28, 2011

The author, John Hart has arrived on the scene, writing his first novel, a southern gothic melodrama, that will keep you spinning with it's twists and turns, while making you read faster and faster to find out who really "done" it. While the mystery centers around a wealthy lawyer, who has been found dead a year and a half after his disappearance, the story is told, first person by his son, Work, who is also a lawyer. As he goes about trying to unravel the mystery of his father death, Work realizes he hates his career, his overbearing wife, and expensive house that he can't afford and blames the mess he is in on his father's manipulations. The more he unravels the enigma, he suspects that his sister Jean is the one who did the killing. Jean is very fragile, having survived the constant wrath of her father and a couple of suicide attempts because of it. He also suspects Alex, Jean's protective, lesbian lover of having a part in the murder.

In walks Detective Mills and she immediately set her sights on Work as the killer. As he stays one step ahead of her, Work tries to protect his sister from emerging as the real killer even at a cost to his innocence.

The splendid development of the main characters leaves you feeling close to them even though none of them are especially likable. The only reason that I didn't give this book five stars is that at times the author rambled off the subject. This didn't take away from the story, but it just wasn't necessary to spin this great southern tale. If you like Pat Conroy, (early) John Grisham or Greg Iles, you will like this novel!


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