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Iron House [Paperback]

John Hart
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Book Description

23 Jun 2011

Two babies left to die in an icy creek. Two boys who must fight to survive. Two men, two very different lives. One unbreakable bond.

When a twelve-year-old boy murders his tormentor in their brutal orphanage, his older brother takes the blame and runs to New York - into the heart of organized crime. Two decades later, Michael returns to North Carolina with a sentence on his head, the mob in hot pursuit and his long-lost brother in trouble of a different kind. With vast sums in play, political fortunes at risk and bodies piling up, the brothers must reunite to solve the mystery of their shared past.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848541791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848541795
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hart was born in North Carolina in 1965, and lives with his wife and two young children in Rowan County. He has degrees in French, accounting and law, and worked as a banker, stockbroker and attorney before beginning his writing career.

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'Hart maintains a propulsive momentum, blending tension with outbreaks of deftly executed violence to give the tale both pace and punch, but what marks Hart out from his peers is his facility for a kind of hardboiled poetry. While Iron House is ostensibly a novel about the travails of a former and unrepentant killer, Hart is an author who combines power and depth as he shines a light into the darker recesses of the human psyche' (Irish Times)

'One of the outstanding thriller-writers of our time, and this his fourth book, underlines that fact. It is, quite simply, breathtaking with a sweep and intensity that mark it out. Heart-stopping action, superb characterisation . . . this is my thriller of the summer' (Daily Mail)

'John Hart writes with a spare clean prose style, a sharp ear for dialogue and a feel for intricacies of plot' (The Times)

'Powerfully resonant' (Daily Telegraph)

'A fantastic and enthralling read - you will be unable to put it down' (Crimesquad)

'A magnificent storyteller, Hart draws the reader in with a wonderful narrative. Iron House is one of those books that will, without doubt, leave you wanting more' (Milo's Rambles)

'An entertaining read with a terrific central character at its heart. Recommended' (Bookbag)

'His most ambitious book to date . . . riveting. Congratulations - another challenging and exciting read' (Deadly Pleasure)

'As soon as Hart revs up to the next gear, he's on full throttle until the earth-shattering finale' (Press Association)

'Hart maintains a propulsive momentum, blending tension with outbraks of deftly executed violence to give the tale both pace and punch, but what marks Hart out from his peers is his facility for a kind of hardboiled poetry. While Iron House is ostensibly a novel about the travails of a former and unrepentant killer, Hart is an author who combines power and depth as he shines a light into the darker recesses of the human psyche' (Irish Times)

Praise for John Hart:

'The Last Child is a rare accomplishment - a compelling thriller written with a masterful, literary touch. You'll feel this story as much in your heart as in your gut'

(Jeffery Deaver)

'Just once in a while a thriller comes along that makes you want to run out in the street and proclaim how good it is. John Hart's third novel is one of those. Written with power, precision and an iron grip on character it makes him out as one of the outstanding talents of his generation . . . it grips you by the throat and never lets go' (Daily Mail)

'A really classy thriller . . . the solution had me blinking with surprise and admiration' (Guardian)

'Compelling' (Observer)

'Smart and swift-moving . . . Hart knows his way round the courtrooms and jailhouses . . . the way that Grisham and Turow do' (Pat Conroy)

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The most compelling novel to date from international bestselling author John Hart


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ironed out 14 Jan 2013
By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a very well crafted novel spanning the first 30 odd years or so of the life of two brothers literally abandoned to their own destiny at a very early age. That it also covers almost 500 pages of excellent action is testimony to the author's ability to hook the reader.

The younger brother is adopted by a very wealthy set of parents, the other is also 'adopted' by a ruthless crime boss and becomes his hitman and surrogate son, privy to the man's well guarded secrets. When the boss dies, this elder brother, Michael, becomes the target for disposal with immediate effect.

But the story is more about the search for the younger brother by Michael which then brings with it more mayhem as the adoptive parents are certainly not what we first thought. The manner in which the author weaves the story around two supposedly alternative lives and brings them together with each passing page, leaves the reader wondering just who is related to whom and why.

There is plenty of action for crime thriller fans but there is rather too much along the lines of "I'm going with you, no you're not, yes, I am, okay alright then but keep behind me" which rather spoils the flow. If you can guess the rationale behind all the people involved then you're very good at picking up the clues. I didn't, so the resolution was certainly rewarding if a little wondrous.

John Hart is most definitely a good storyteller so I'll look out for the next book he pens with anticipation.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Outstanding, Superb and Captivating' 25 May 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I have not read any of John Hart's previous works, so was unsure of what to expect and as this is in the crime, thriller genre and I was thinking that after James Elroy everything else pales by comparison. This then was a total surprise, Hart paints a picture so vividly that he had me hooked by page two and he not only kept me guessing, but kept me wanting to know more, this then is more than a page turner, it is one of those that you have to read with out a break (not entirely possible, but I gave it a go).

The plot revolves around Michael; he works as an enforcer for a shadowy mob figure. He was taken in by him as a youth and his mentor is on his death bed. Michael has met and fallen in love with a beautiful Spanish woman called Elena; he loves her and wants out from his past life of crime, violence and death. She is pregnant with his child, she is happy and she does not know a thing about the real man she loves. She has no idea what grief his past is going to bring crashing into her present - this is not a plot spoiler, but a stage setter.

Now the snag, the crime empire have decided that Michael is not allowed to leave, to love any other than `the family' is a gross breach of trust, and without their trust you are a liability, and liabilities get dealt with in an uncompromising fashion. They will hold off until the `old man' dies, and he is very close to death, Michael harbours a forlorn hope that they will relent and let him go and he can finally live the life he has always dreamt of.

There is more in that there is also the story of two small boys left by a river bank to die of the cold and elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 31 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
John Hart has quickly become one of my favourite authors. Makes me feel the same way I did when I first discovered Dennis Lehane and John Connolly. Beautifully drawn characters, moments of poetic prose, instances of shockingly painted violence and story lines that make me put everything on hold so I can quickly get to the next chapter.
Another excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 14 May 2013
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This was a well written book that showed the characters in a compassionate light. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes really getting tho know the characters in depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good price for a great book 31 Jan 2013
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I found this book absorbing and couldnt put it down would deffinately recommend it and shall be reading more booksby this author
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars better than OK but not great 6 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Hart has an eloquent and considered writing style, he isn't shy of some dramatic and almost poetic descriptive prose; while at the same time he delivers action and tough guy drama with genuine panache. He also has an eye for a story and generally sets them up well with good chararcters at the heart of it.

Iron House begins well - it has mystery, love and suspense. An over arching sense of impending doom follows the story of Michael and Elena. She is an interesting love interest and underpins his motivations well. The reveal of his past and the Iron House is neatley played - so to the introduction of the main support cast, all well delivered and sensibly written characters. With the possible exception of Stevan - we are left to assume too much about him and maybe we needed to read a little more of his personality. However, after the first 15 or so chapters the book grinds to something of a halt - as the intricacies of the story are developed sadly the pace drops to a crawl - adding in alot of driving and chatting didn't make up for it. The middle third is the books problem, as Elena makes way for another strong female charatcer so the relationships all change - it's like being back at square one, I wasn't really convince by the "investigation" element as it seemed a little too hackneyed way of getting to the truth. The book then sprngs back to life for the final 3rd, though the action climax is a smidge of an anti-climax in places.I'd liked to have seen a little more of the great Michael in action.

It's an interesting and well produced book, which drags in the middle. The subtext of mother's and sons, nature vs nurture is not over played, but neither is it subtle. Overall the it had enough to keep me and most readers going but given the intricacies the twist and 'reveal' wasn't enough to truly drop the jaw. I shall read more from Hart, his accomplished style and character development are worthy of further investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a read
I never really understood the phrase "couldn't put it down" when it came to a book until I found Iron House. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Bulmer
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
I will recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written books. My son Paul and I share the same taste in books and good writers, and this is one of the best!
Published 5 months ago by Marjory Greenhill
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars!!!
Kept me interested the whole way through. Only problem was I finished it too quickly as I could not put it down.
Published 5 months ago by No Thyme
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
I have not read any of John Hart's other books so I can't compare this to them.

I read a lot of books as I have a long, very long, commute every day and fairly often I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed story
Iron House is like watching a film - you can picture all the action, from the gruesome points to the tender love-filled moments... Read more
Published 17 months ago by sue1
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable read, but not compelling.
This was my first e.book on my Christmas present Kindle. I was introduced to it after receiving from somewhere a paper taster edition. A reasonable read, but not compelling.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Philip Dooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
This was my second John Hart book. It was a holiday read and I found it easy to read with a good plot.
Published 17 months ago by Mr G M Newman
1.0 out of 5 stars indulgent, unpleasant and dull
A dull and predictable plot with cut out characters - the hard killer softened by love, the cold ambitious senator, the mysterious rich woman from a poor past, the grizzled loyal... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Philip Lawder
3.0 out of 5 stars A drop in form
Have read and very much enjoyed all of John Hart's previous works but this is nowhere near as good. Very readable as ever but inconsistent and unbelievable plot.
Published 21 months ago by Therealmrbean
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