The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. After five years, John Hart is back.
Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times Bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet.
A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.
A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.
After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen…
This is a town on the brink.
This is Redemption Road.
Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Everyone has something to hide in John Hart’s gritty crime thriller. Elizabeth Black is a veteran detective whose hard exterior hides her empathy for victims, which may have led her to cross the line in a horrifying recent case. Her former idol, Adrian Wall, is an ex-cop who just served 13 years in prison on a questionable murder charge. When he’s finally released, the long-simmering tensions surrounding these damaged people finally boil over, unearthing a violent conspiracy that rocks their small North Carolina town to its foundations. Suspense is everything in this Southern-fried mystery. As the body count rises and grim new secrets come to light, Hart masterfully teases out the truth bit by bit. We were totally absorbed by Hart’s almost poetic prose, which he uses to greatest effect when describing the most disturbing scenes. Narrator Scott Shepherd’s gruff but measured approach is perfect for this mix of eloquence and horror. Redemption Road had us utterly entranced, even—maybe especially—at its darkest moments.