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The King of Lies
The King of Lies
Author: John Hart
Jackson Workman Pickens—known to most as “Work”—mindlessly holds together his disintegrating life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife who shares their loveless marriage, and an estranged sister who bore the brunt of their childhood trauma. — And then Ezra̵...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312363758
ISBN-10: 0312363753
Publication Date: 4/3/2007
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 227 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
Excellent writing for a first book! I enjoyed the development of the characters and the plot with a summer-in-the-south mood and atmosphere. Reminiscent of Turow. Great ending! I never saw it coming, but as a rule I don't figure out the end of books anyway. Dwells a little bit too much on the main character's introspection, but overall, a book I would recommend.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a can't-put-down book. I stayed up late into the night reading it. A totally different kind of lawyer/murder mystery story, but beautifully written, well-developed characters, some of whom are likable, some of whom aren't. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 5
An excellent first book by John Hart. Very intriguing with many twists and turns. You won't want to miss this one!
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Helpful Score: 3
The first novel from John Hart was nominated for an Edgar award. It is a suspenseful murder mystery with unpredictable twists and turns. The protagonist (and narrator) is somewhat unlikeable, but overall the book is very entertaining.
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Helpful Score: 3
a really great book! I could not put this book down. Very suspenseful.
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A little hard to form an opinion on this book though I certainly enjoyed it. The writing is alternately engaging and plodding. Hart turns a phrase very gracefully and he hides deep meaning in some of his sentences. You can really feel the emotion driving his story of family angst. The plot, however, leaves something to be desired. Yes, his dad was a mean sucker and his sister is a confused, possibly psychotic mess. His wife appears to simply be a bitch. Trouble is, that leaves us wondering what he is? And the paucity of activity throughout leaves us reviewing the same events over and over in a rather whiny manner. Hard to keep sympathy with any of the characters. It is interesting, it is deeper than most novels like this, but still the whole thing left me unsatisfied.
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This book was great - my second book from John Hart. Good story, kept you guessing, lots of twists and turns -excellent!
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A slow start, but once it got going, WOW! It really gets cracking!