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Organized crime, the meaning of family and love.,
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This review is from: Iron House (Hardcover)
For John Hart's return after his unprecedented repeat Edgar Awards he threw his readers a curve ball and it worked. This tale of two brothers separated after ten hard years in the Iron House orphanage is one that explores what it means to be brothers, but it also explores elements of humanity like nature versus nurture. It also plumbs the depth of a brother's love even after twenty years apart.
Hart departed somewhat from his previous Southern Gothic style and ramped up the action to full throttle with Michael as the intensely security minded brother out to make sure that no harm befalls the brother that he worked so hard to save. The dichotomy of the characters is great because Julian is very fragile and artistic where Michael is strong. As different of a feel as this novel has from his previous novels, it kept me reading late into the night eager to finish because his word play is so vivid that you can see the landscapes (which in some cases isn't necessarily a good thing) and scenes like a movie playing out in your head. John Hart has done it again.