The King of Lies

by John Hart

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolinalawyer.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.85 out of 5
  • Published May 16th 2006 by Minotaur Books
  • ISBN: 031234161X (ISBN13: 9780312341619)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007)
  • Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel (2007)
  • Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007)
  • Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007)

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.Work’s troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.Hart’s mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.