Fresh off the success of his EdgarA Award-winning, New York Times bestseller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could've imagined- and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth. Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa's case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he's lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can't put the case behind him-he won't-and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa... The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as heartrending as it is redemptive.
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by John Hart
by Chuck Logan
by John Steinbeck
by Jonathan Lethem
by Ben Metcalf
by Ivan Doig
by Barbara O'Connor
by Matthew Reilly
by Neely Tucker
by Chuck Palahniuk
"John Hart's novel weaves a dark, compelling tale of superstition, broken families, murder, and lost children. Scott Sowers's flat tone and measured pace are initially off-putting, seeming to be an odd choice for such an emotionally demanding story. However, as the book progresses and the horrific events build, Sowers's delivery becomes more and more appropriate. The scenes and characters are so powerful on their own that his understated presentation is highly effective. He still manages to give the characters depth and distinction with subtle modifications of pace, tone, and degree of soft Carolina drawl. This is a difficult story to listen to--but an impossible story to put down. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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