The King of Lies: A Novel
From the masterfulÂ New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and Down River, comes this tour de force of murder and the dark ripples it sends through a man, his family and community.
Jackson Workman Pickensâ€”known to most as Workâ€”mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, my
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Jackson ‘Work’ retraces his younger years, beginning at age 12 when he stumbles across a terrible situation he never should have at this tender age. This is the beginning of his life, in a way, and at current day standing it appears with increased clarity what an impact this incident has had on his ...more
Jackson Workman Pickens, also known as "Work", has deep, deep family issues. The body of his overbearing successful lawyer father has been found. And we already know who is prime and center as the go to suspect. Work has always lived in the shadow of his mammoth father, Ezra. After the death of his mother, W ...more
It is hard to believe this was Hart’s debut novel. The writing has a melancholy, brooding quality, the story is compelling, but what makes this suspenseful story a standout is that it is also a character study and, in that, it is masterful. As a lover of mysteries who is often let down by the quality of the writing in the genre, John Hart is a l ...more
I knew nothing about John Hart going into this, the audiobook was on sale for $4.95 as part of some audible ed ...more
I loved the characterization and the mystery. Detective Mills was not very likable at first, but she was doing her j ...more
Hart, John – 1st book
Thomas Dunne Books, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 031234161X
First Sentence: I’ve heard it said that jail stinks of despair.
*** Jackson Workman “Work” Pickens is a defense attorney, married to a beautiful woman, living in a big house. His father, Ezra, had built a powerful legal practice and a financial fortune and disappeared. Now Ezra’s body has turned up showing he dies of two gunshots on the day he disapp ...more
Hart's writing reminded me so much of Conroy in The Prince of Tides, which I loved. It's beautiful writing with an interesting storyline.
My one issue was that I often wanted to slap Work upside the head to knock some sense into him. It didn't interfere with my love for the book though.
It is a 1st-Person POV murder mystery.
At first, it took me a little while to get into his writing style because it was so different from what I normally read (SF&F). However, once I adapted, I flew through the book. I also thought it was neat that his main charact ...more
Now that I've read his debut novel, The King of Lies, I'm even more convinced of my initial impression. This book is great in all those apects; great mystery, great characters that span the height and depth of human relationships. I guessed on the "whodunit" about 3/4 the way through t ...more
A little over a year ago, his mother died suddenly and his father disappeared. Work and his sister Jean know what happened that evening but neither one is willing to come forward and tell the full truth--until his father's body shows up at a local ab ...more
I was really in the mood for a good legal thriller. I had read a very positive review a while back for his Down River, I think it was, and it had mentioned The King of Lies has his impressive debut.
So, naturally, I like to hit a guy's debut effort first.
The King of Lies is not without flaws. There were a few passages where I found some of the ...more
Our hero, Work, has always been his father's son - following his father into the practice of law, marrying the woman his father chose for him, living the life he was supposed to live. His father's disappearance and the subsequent discovery of his body (with two bullets in the head) has ...more
The King of Lies makes no exception. It’s the first book and it defined the spirit of all Hart’s books.
The main character Workman Pickens faced the dark side of his life: complicated relationships with his father and his death, misunderstandings with his sister, the feeling that his own wife is a stran ...more