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Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.

Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McC

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Hardcover, 417 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Brina
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Before John Grisham started churning out formulaic thrillers every year, he wrote southern style thrillers that I anticipated reading. I hadn't read well written books of this genre for a number of years until now that I have discovered John Hart. A former attorney and recipient of the Edgar Award, North Carolina born Hart has penned thrillers that keep one guessing until the final pages. This could not be more true of his fifth book, Redemption Road which had me on edge until the end.

At the boo
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Melissa
*4.5 stars*

If you haven’t read this yet, just know, once you start, there’s no escaping this dark and twisty read. A riveting and suspense-filled police procedural, reminiscent of literary fiction, REDEMPTION ROAD owned me for days. There were more times than not, over the five-day span of my read, that I found my mind wandering back to this whodunnit—chock-full of lies, manipulation, degradation and ultimately redemption—I couldn’t get enough. The flawed characters, the corrupt small-town setti
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Jennifer Masterson
5 HUGE STARS!!! This book! This book!!! This is the book everyone should be reading!!! My favorite thriller since last year's "Bull Mountain"! "Redemption Road" grabbed me right from the creepy beginning and never let go!

I'm not going to say much. It's best to go into this one without reading a lot of reviews.

This is what I will say. The writing is phenomenal!!! This is my first John Hart novel but it certainly won't be my last. It is a gritty, dark thriller that takes place in North Carolina. T
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Linda
I received a copy of Redemption Road by John Hart through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Dunne Books, and to John Hart for the opportunity.

John Hart.....A wizard with words.

"She sat. She paced. The soft, warm day ate her alive."

Elizabeth Black, a police officer for thirteen years, is under investigation for a crime scene that went terribly wrong. A young girl kept captive in the dark, hollowed-out basement of an abandoned building knows only too well what she and
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Diane S ☔
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This man can pen a story unlike any others. Create characters that are never just one thing, memorable, so very memorable. This story is gritty, no this is beyond gritty, it is violent, at times graphically so. Dark, but really darker than dark, whatever that would be. I have gotten wimpy in my reading, graphic violence is no longer my thing. Yet, I could no more put this book down than I could refuse to eat or sleep. Compelling, intense with an intensity that never lets up. Actually had to put ...more
*TANYA*
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!!! It was intricate and full of despair AND BEAUTIFUL!! You can feel the despondency of all the characters, like a ton of bricks. The writing was sublime!! A must read.
Elyse Walters
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Obstacles and emotions submerge like a Hurricane in this wonderful literary-mystery-thrillers!!

Honestly...I can't think of a better book in this genre! I've read many of the popular best sellers in years past (the psychological- mystery -thrillers)...and this novel tops them all!

Even the epilogue will keep throw you for a loop. I saw a 'few' things coming down the pipes early into this story ---( I'm guessing many readers will)---but the writing is so page-turning terrific you won't care. Plus,
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Sister Reads Review by BRENDA and NORMA

Norma’s little twisted mind figured out whodunit way before Brenda did and this had Brenda thinking that I had to be wrong or was slightly confused. Hahaha sister dear!!

REDEMPTION ROAD by JOHN HART is a gritty, dark, gripping, and a suspenseful thriller/police procedural novel that has a literary fiction feel to it. The road to redemption is a road filled with compassion and emotionally troubled relationships that will have you totally engaged to the surpr
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hart’s novel is about redemption, but also about trust and betrayal, and those emotional roads that most of us never want to travel. I am in awe of John Hart's ability to tell a story and there's no way my words can do this book justice. It took me on a thrill ride, but with fully developed characters and a story that touched my heart. The experiences that Adrian, Liz, Channing and Gideon go through, while absolutely horrible, are told in bits and pieces and Mr. Hart's handling of those aspects ...more
Jen
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a heart thumping right out of your chest kind of read.
In this complex narrative, the characters are shamelessly flawed. There is Elizabeth- a broken cop trying to do the right thing in the wrong ways. We have an ex-con, Adrian, also an ex-cop, recently released from jail with a claim of innocence. He is broken from the 13 years of time served where victimization peaks within the institution itself and power taken to an extreme. We have good cops, bad cops, a twisted warden and his posse
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Paula Kalin
Redemption Road is the first book I have read by author John Hart and well worth it. An intense crime and suspense thriller set in a small southern town where everyone knows each other. What's wonderful about the book is the way 4 people are interconnected. With twists and turns we learn more about these 4 characters as the pages turn. Adrian Wall, an ex-cop punished for a crime he may not have committed, Elizabeth Black, a suspended cop, loyal to Adrian with her own issues, Channing Shore a cri ...more
Julie
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Redemption Road by John Hart is a 2016 Thomas Dunne publication.

I don’t live under a rock, I promise, but I always have my face in a book, desperately trying to work through my ridiculous TBR pile. So, sometimes authors slip past my radar, even when they are back to back Edgar winners, like John Hart. I am just now getting around to reading one of his books, but with so much positive press behind him, I was confident I was in for a real treat.


Elizabeth Black, is a well -respected cop with an im
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Maureen
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
*Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin's Press for my ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

How on earth has John Hart escaped my attention until now? What a talent! A master storyteller, creating psychological fear of such depth that by the end of the opening chapter I felt traumatised yet hooked on his every word.
Detective Elizabeth Black is smart and tough, but has an ice cold persona that hides a wealth of love for those she sees as victims. As the story begins, we see her having
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With all the early five star love that this book has been receiving, I was pretty quick to queue this one up. I still have fond memories of The Last Child—the only other John Hart book that I’ve read—and have actually recommended it to several friends. I’ve been meaning to get back to his catalog, and now along comes this book, so often praised as “dark and gritty,” a couple of my favorite adjectives. Yes, please! But then the darndest thing happened. At the proverbial last minute, I came down w ...more
Arah-Lynda
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite, top
Adrian Wall, formerly a very good cop, is on the cusp of being released from prison after thirteen years served, for a crime he may or may not have committed. A heinous crime that left a young mother naked and strangled on the altar of a church. Her DNA was found under Adrian’s fingernails and a beer can with his prints was found at the scene. Once revered by the small North Carolina town that he served, Adrian has become an outcast, an ex con, an undying blemish to the community that once loved ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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First things first: Dear co-worker who sits across from me - I apologize for what you had to experience upon me finishing this yesterday . . .



The office is really not the place for that type of outburst. And to all of my friends who have already read and loved this book – I wish I could join your ranks.

Here’s the deal. Redemption Road got put on my TBR simply for the author name. Although I have not yet read Hart’s first novel, I ha
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Margitte
From the blurb:
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 thirteen 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.
The last time I wanted
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Paromjit
John Hart has put together an incredibly good multilayered and complex crime story set in North Carolina. It is an intricate puzzle of a plot and inhabited with characters with such depth that they became real in my head. I could not stop myself from reading this twisted and exceedingly dark tale. Hart's writing expertise spins a mesmerising spell of tangled actions and people, and their history that explodes in this town.

An experienced cop, Elizabeth, is being investigated for a shooting in whi
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Liz
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Inspired - to be breathed upon by God.
This is a convoluted tale... a detective is under investigation for shooting a pair of rapists 18 times and then waiting over an hour to call it in. Another policeman is getting out of jail after serving 13 years for manslaughter. And the son of the woman slain is waiting to shoot him.
This book has been described a southern gothic and the description fits. It's a dark story. Remember the old quote from Death of a Salesman - "attention must be paid"? Well, th
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Debra
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
There are good books and there are great books...and then there are books that knock your socks off. Redemption Road is one of those books. I love everything about this book. First off, this book is beautifully written. I also love how all of the subplots and main plot pints were woven into each other like a tapestry that if you keep reading you see how all the threads fit perfectly together.

After 13 torture filled years in prison, Adrian Wall has been released wearing an ill fitting suit and 5o
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Carolyn
This is my first novel by John Hart and what a treat! He is a consummate story teller and writer. The plot is complex and multilayered with two complicated central characters, Adrian Wall an ex police officer who has served 13 years for a murder he says he did not commit and Elizabeth Black, a police officer on suspension for shooting and killing two kidnappers. Their stories become inextricably interwoven as further murders occur with similarities to the one Adrian was jailed for, with the poli ...more
Zoeytron
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a review.

Late night in a dangerous neighborhood, an abandoned house with blood curdling screams coming from the basement. A good cop gone dark and unpredictable after her rescue efforts. What happened down there?

This is a tightly woven crime and suspense thriller that makes a lot of the other novels of this ilk seem rather washed out, paling in comparison with the rich tones and layers found in this dark tale. Intricately plotted, layer upon layer wi
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Dem
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Why didn't I save this book for my holidays !! This is just the sort of book I love to read on a sun lounger with time on my hands and no housework or work to distract me.....

My first John Hart novel and thanks to my goodread friends whose reviews pointed me in the right direction with this one. Redemption Road is a novel with an intriguing storyline, great characters and a dark and sinister element to the story.
There is a lot of action going on in this book and while I listened to this one o
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Cheri
3.5 Stars

John Hart’s Redemption Road is a somewhat graphic, dark and brutal story. It’s compelling reading, the characters are interesting, and the story is multi-layered. Despite the brutality between the pages, there is a loving touch to many of the main characters, balanced with a more realistic approach at the same time. These are not all “nice” people. Even the nice ones may have endured too much to ever see themselves the same way again, they enter spaces in the world feeling as if every s
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Diane Barnes
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know I'm going to make a lot of John Hart fans unhappy with this review, but, I'm sorry, I just didn't like it. I went in with high hopes because of lot of friends with similar tastes thought it was wonderful. I was ready to be blown away, and I was, but not in a good way.

To be brief:

Pluses -
1. I did finish the book, because I wanted to know how it would end for the major characters.
2. I don't have to read another John Hart book.

Minuses -
1. I knew who the murderer was within the first 100 pa
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Kelli
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thirty three of my GR friends have already read this. I'm not sure what took me so long to get to this one, but it was something...and I mean that in a good way! Very aptly named, this one contains only those extremely broken and looking for redemption. The cast of characters is long, the secrets are many, and the story is very dark and layered. I found this extremely compelling up until the reveal, where it then went off the rails...so much going on that it became implausible and lost a little ...more
Andrew Smith
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir-hardboiled
As the title suggests, this is a dark book. Everyone here has had odious deeds visited upon them or they have themselves perpetrated such actions. There is a preacher who has more of the Old Testament about him than the New, an ex-convict who may or may not have committed a gruesome, ritualistic murder and a female cop who is hiding a terrible secret. Add to that a prison warden who is straight out of a Hammer Horror film, a set of guards who execute his every instruction and children who are fo ...more
Brenda
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book comes five years after John Hart's last book, and I've seen good-natured complaints by his fans who have waited that long for this book. Lucky me, I discovered John Hart only two months ago and read all four of his books prior to this one. But now, I'm playing the waiting game, too, for the next book.

This book was awesome! I resented any interruption in my reading. I didn't want to cook or run errands or even sleep, but I did begrudgingly. I got to the final 20 pages, and wouldn't you
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Karen
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! I love John Hart's gift of making the characters so real and vivid, and makes you really care about the good ones.
I had no idea how this would end. I was very taken aback by who was responsible for the deaths in this book.
Carol
Sep 21, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction
The Hook - I enjoyed John Hart’s The Last Child so when his latest, Redemption Road kept popping up on my GoodReads Feed I decided it was time to join the party.

The Line - ”The law as you may have surmised is equal parts theater and reason”.

The Sinker - If I were wearing a big floppy sun hat to keep my head cool from the North Carolina sun I’d have to take it off and wipe my sweaty brow after finishing Redemption Road. It is that hot, one heck of a compelling thriller.

Detective Elizabeth Black
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JOHN HART is the author of REDEMPTION ROAD (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; May 3, 2016) and of four New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child and Iron House. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, Hart has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagg ...more
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