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A Dense Thriller,
This review is from: The King of Lies (Paperback)
Debut here from US thriller writer John Hart, and a good start to his career. This novel is written in a dark, rich prose style that is a little like cloying perfume after the first hundred pages or so (Hart never lets up on this, no matter how fast the pacing becomes) and at times, the effect, which at first is mesmerising (this book has one of the best first pages I've ever read) can grow thin as the novel progresses. Still, there are some enjoyable plot points and decent characters here, ones that are solid and believable. Nearly everyone goes through this thing with a frown and, along with Hart's dense style, take a bit of getting used to, but that's not to say this thing is a bad read. Far from it.
He might not be up there with Michael Connelly and Richard Montanari just yet, but with a softer atmosphere now and then, Hart could easily join that list. A worthy purchase for fans of dark crime fiction.