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The Last Child by John Hart
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Jul 25, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-mysteries
Read in May, 2009

The Last Child, by John Hart. A. Narrated by Scott Sowers, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is John Hart’s third novel and by far his best. Definitely on my ten best this year. Clyde Hunt is chief of detectives in this North Carolina town. A year ago, he was assigned the case of a missing child, Alyssa Merimon. He took the situation very seriously-looking for an entire year, letting other cases go, losing his wife because he paid no attention to his family, and well on the way to losing his son as well. He’s taken the case home with him and keeps reviewing all the information and looking at Alyssa’s picture. He is finding himself attracted to Alyssa’s mother, Katherine, and he feels drawn to her twin brother Johnny Merimon. Johnny is 13 and has dedicated his life also to finding Alyssa. His mother collapsed after his father left, seemingly having abandoned them. His mother moved back in with a former boy friend, who is very rich but who is cruel and who abuses both her and Johnny. Things are at a stalemate, and then a second girl, about the same age, disappears. Hunt is determined that this second child will be found alive and that maybe she can lead him to Alyssa. Also, Johnny witnesses a murder where someone on a motorcycle is chased at top speed across a bridge, he is crowded off the bridge and crashes to the ground. He dies soon afterward. There is also a convict who escaped from prison and who seemingly murdered his family. All these things come together. There are many twists and turns, red herrings, and some very surprising conclusions. This book didn’t have as much of a southern atmosphere as the first two did. This one was clearly more of a police procedural. Highly recommended.
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