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Set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War, The Unwilling combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart's singular style.

Gibby's older brothers have already been to war. One died there. The other came back misunderstood and hard, a decorated killer now freshly released from a three-year
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Steven Z.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To begin I would like to thank the representative from St. Martin’s Press for contacting me and asking me to review John Hart’s latest novel, THE UNWILLING before publication. I found the novel to be an exceptional read with an intricate storyline, interesting characters, and a series of themes that directly and indirectly touch a range of human emotions. The book should measure up to Hart’s previous thrillers which have won numerous awards, particularly two consecutive Edgar Awards.

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Eadie
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
This book is set in the south during the Vietnam War. Robert French was killed in the war. His brother, Jason, has just returned home after 3 tours and wants to spend some time with his brother, Gibby, who will be graduating high school soon. Detective Bill French and his wife, Gabrielle, want Jason to stay away from Gibby as Jason is a hardened soldier of violence and heroin. Jason promises his brother a day of sunshine, women and whiskey. They spend the day with two ladies, Tyra and Sara, and ...more
Sandy Schmidt
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This multilayered thriller centers around the French family: Father, Bill, is a detective; mother had a breakdown when her oldest and favorite son died in Viet Nam; the returning son, Jason, was dishonorably discharged during his third tour; and youngest son, Gibson, is just days from high school graduation. When Jason is released from prison, he tries to reconnect with his brother. Unfortunately, he introduces Gibby to two lady friends: one of whom, in a drunken moment, exposes them to events ...more
Judy Collins
Extraordinary!!! Look for my upcoming QA Elevator ride interview with John Hart and get the behind the scenes exclusives of THE UNWILLING and review, coming June 2020. Set in my hometown and during my era- the Vietnam brutal war. Get this on your pre-order list now —from one of the best Southern storytellers. ...more
Joan
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of Advance Readers’ Edition

The war in Vietnam rages on; Gibby French lost his older brother to that war. His other brother came home seemingly broken, ending up serving a three-year stint in Lanesworth Prison. Wanting to connect with Gibby, Jason arranges for them to spend a day together. But things go awry when a young woman, purported to be Jason’s girlfriend, taunts prisoners on a bus. And the discovery of Tyra’s body shortly thereafter makes Jason the prime suspect in her murder.

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Melanie
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set at the height of the Vietnam war, this novel revolves around what is left of a family torn apart by that war. The mother, having lost two sons, one killed in Vietnam and the other dishonorably discharged and just released from prison for drugs, is overly protective of the 3rd son. The father, a policeman, trying to hold what is left of his family together. The son just released from prison wanting to connect with his younger brother. And finally, the youngest boy, a senior in high school, ...more
Dawn
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are not reading John Hart's books, you are missing out on one of the best writers in fiction.

This book tells the story of the men of the French family: Vietnam Vet Jason, 18 year old Gibson, and their police officer father. When Jason returns to town after a stint in prison he connects with Gibson over a day at the lake and an outing with two older women.

When one of the women is brutally killed, Gibson seems to be the only one who believes his brother might be innocent.

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Melanie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Set at the height of the Vietnam war, this novel revolves around what is left of a family torn apart by that war. The mother, having lost two sons, one killed in Vietnam and the other dishonorably discharged and just released from prison for drugs, is overly protective of the 3rd son. The father, a policeman, trying to hold what is left of his family together. The son just released from prison wanting to connect with his younger brother. And finally, the youngest boy, a senior in high school, ...more
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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 ...more
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