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Iron House Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“If you crave thrillers that are vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart.” ―Patricia Cornwell
“Lean, hard and absolutely riveting, Iron House is a tour de force. With his best book yet, John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers.” ―Vince Flynn
“It isn’t as if Hart’s career needed jump-starting. His first three stand-alone thrillers have been greeted by an ever-growing crescendo of praise, including two Edgar Awards. Definitely not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And, yet, Iron House lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence…. The present-time plot―disaffected Mob hit man on the run, trying to carve a new life without endangering those he loves―makes a superb thriller on its own (steadily building tension, magnificently choreographed fight scenes, including a High Noon–like finale), but it’s what Hart does with the backstory that gives the novel its beyond-genre depth. Like the great Peter Hoeg in Borderliners (1994), Hart uses the familiar story of mistreatment in an orphanage as a way into the inner lives of his characters, and the blind fear, abject confusion, and yearning for love he finds there are both heartbreaking and curiously hopeful, in an almost postapocalyptic way. An unforgettable novel from a master of popular fiction.” ―Booklist, starred review
“This rich, impressive contemporary thriller from two-time Edgar-winner Hart (The Last Child) focuses on two brothers, Michael and Julian, both raised and abused at the Iron House of the title, an orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina.... Hart deftly interweaves a complex family history story with Stevan's intense, bloody quest for vengeance.... [The book's] powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans--and should earn him many new ones.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A magnificent creation...Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies.” ―THE WASHINGTON POST on The Last Child
“A rare accomplishment--a compelling, fast-paced thriller written with a masterful, literary touch.” ―Jeffery Deaver on The Last Child
“If you haven't read John Hart...you ought to.” ―NEW YORK DAILY NEWS on The Last Child
“This generation's Pat Conroy.” ―THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL on The Last Child
“Settles the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature.” ―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) on Down River
“There are few books published that can legitimately be called a 'must-read,' but this is one of them.” ―CHICAGO SUN-TIMES on Down River
“A beautifully constructed story of personal redemption, family secrets, and murder--a small-town epic....” ―BOOKLIST on Down River
“Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding.” ―THE NEW YORK TIMES on King of Lies
“A top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard.” ―ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Grade A) on King of Lies
“[An] ambitious debut thriller...a gripping performance.” ―PEOPLE on King of Lies
About the Author
John Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The King of Lies, Down River and The Last Child. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year. His books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and can be found in over fifty countries. A former criminal defense attorney, John has also worked as a banker, stockbroker, and apprentice helicopter mechanic. A husband and father of two, he spends his time in North Carolina and Virginia.
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He introduces Iron House by admitting that he almost didn't make it through the writing of it.
It's perfectly understandable as Mr. Hart sets an extremely high bar for himself. There are moments a reader wonders if she can "live" through it, but she does as there's simply no stopping the read.. his plots are so incredibly intricate and almost convoluted one wonders at times where he's going, but he never fails at arriving, and I particularly enjoy his final sentences; they do more than "end" the book, they deliver hope. It's important because one becomes deeply involved with his characters; he doesn't spend much time describing physical characteristics, so the reader truly absorbs the characters almost by osmosis...
Not many writers can do that; it can make for a challenging read, but this writer challenges himself..
I loved Iron House...yes there were some difficult if not horrifying moments, and long journeys for the characters, but I can only say I loved it; I recommend it; it's just freaking brilliant.
Great, quality read, well worth it. Can't recommend Iron House enough!
Impossible? Not the way Mr. Hart sculptures this novel and sculpture it is. Almost every character in the story is flawed in some way and not in a good way. Some are schizophrenic, some are cold blooded killers, some are weak, others have withdrawn from the world and yet others do what has to be done but yet you learn to like the characters. You understand why they are the way they are and yet you feel for them. Not any author can have you feeling compassion for their characters but Mr. Hart does an outstanding job of that in this book.
Mr. Hart keeps you on a tight rope while he weaves his story and has you wondering what will be happening next with unforeseen twists and turns. The final outcome of the story is very surprising but then it makes sense.
If you like your novels that keep you reading late into the night when you KNOW you should be asleep, then this book if for you. It doesn't get much better than this.