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Redemption Road Hardcover – 5 May 2016

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (5 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848541813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848541818
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Seven years ago, I raved over Hart's exceptional novel, The Last Child, and in the ensuing years he has blossomed into one of today's finest thriller writers - certainly in the same league as David Baldacci, John Grisham, Frederick Forsyth and Lee Child. This is a richly satisfying story. There are moments when Hart's writing soars off the page with a lyricism that probably only James Lee Burke can match. Unforgettable. (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

People in publishing have always known that John Hart can flat-out write. His prose conjures comparisons with James Lee Burke in its sultry, melodious alchemy. With REDEMPTION ROAD John Hart has taken it to another level. The prologue is heart-wrenching and the chapters thereafter pull you in like matter to a black hole. Read this novel. And then go back and read all of his others. He's that good. (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

There's no easier way to say it: Redemption Road is simply great writing. (Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author)

Big, bold, and impossible to put down, REDEMPTION ROAD had me from page one. John Hart is a master storyteller. (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

Five years have gone by since his fourth novel, 2011's Iron House was published, but Redemption Road proves the wait was worth it. While Hart's previous mysteries were atmospheric tales enhanced by aspects of the Southern novel, Redemption Road is fueled by more of a thriller plot with acute attention to its well-sculpted characters. As the title implies, Hart's novel is about redemption, but also about trust and betrayal, and those emotional roads that most of us never want to travel. (Washington Times)

John Hart writes like a poet, and I couldn't put down this novel, an utterly riveting story of crime and its profound ripple effects on the human psyche. I have long been a fan of John Hart, but in REDEMPTION ROAD, he has topped himself. (Lisa Scottoline, New York Times Bestselling Author of Corrupted)

In this stellar crime thriller, Edgar-winner Hart (Iron House) explores the human capacity for resilience and trust in the face of heartbreaking betrayal...Though Hart employs plot twists effectively, it s his powerful, wounded but courageous lead whom readers will remember. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Hart returns with a masterfully crafted thriller that captivates from the first page. (Daily Express)

Exquisitely written. (Irish Independent)

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From the bestselling and prize-winning author of The Last Child and Iron House comes this long-awaited new thriller that will appeal to all fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.

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A truly excellent read. The author writes in such a way that you cannot wait to finish the book. There is always more than one twist to each story, which keeps you guessing ( often wrongly) as to how the plot will eventually unfold. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to have their mind challenged.
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Gripping story telling with twists and turns along the way. Whilst many people were damaged physically and psychologically; the happy ending was heart warming.
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Wow, how has Hart slipped under my reader's radar till now? This is a fine, fine book that takes many of the tropes of crime fiction and turns them through a strange alchemy into something intense and literary that looks into the heart of what is worst and best in men's souls.

To come to this expecting merely a twisty, turny thriller is to do this book a huge disservice: it does have that acute grip that made me want to never stop reading but it is more profound and courageous than that. It reminded me of James Lee Burke, not so much in stylistics but in that deft blend of complex moral vision that penetrates both characters and landscape. It also has a touch of Steinbeck about it especially in the almost mythic way that our characters come to stand for so much more than just their individual selves, especially in the epilogue.

Sensitive readers should know that there are disturbing scenes of torture and violence but it's never gratuitous, always written with integrity and purpose.

A brilliant book, then, which left me emotionally wrung-out by the time I got to the end, but which also had me searching out Hart's back-catalogue. A masterful reinvention of the crime novel giving it a literary makeover.

Many thanks to the publisher for an advanced review copy via Netgalley.
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Right from the very start this book grips you. The Prologue commences with the abduction of Ramona by an unknown man and you know that somehow this is significant to the overall story. You feel for the total helplessness of the girl and realise that there will be no happy ending for her.

We then encounter another little montage where young Gideon Strange, his drunken father calling out for Gideon’s murdered mother Julia, prepares to balance up the equation on the very day the convicted murderer is released from prison.

However, the main character in a book full of large personalities is Elizabeth Black. Liz is a decorated cop with many years of distinguished service behind her. Despite rescuing eighteen-year-old Channing Shore, who had been abducted and subjected to unimaginable torture at the hands of two brothers, Liz finds herself being investigated for brutality in the killing of the two brothers. It would appear that Liz emptied 18 bullets into the brothers in a very brutal manner.

How this plot pieces together is quite magnificent and there are surprises almost right up to the end. John Hart has written a wonderful book that, at some 400-odd pages long, finished too quickly! The last book of this length I read I felt was over-long! Clearly it’s all in the plot, pace and word-painting of the author. Amongst all the murder and mayhem, the nastiness and nausea, the author has managed to insert a sliver of sunshine where love rightly shines down.

If you like thrillers with all the elements, this is one not to be missed. Thank you John Hart for a great read.

Sméagol

Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2017
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for a review copy of Redemption Road, something more than a police procedural set in North Carolina.

Adrian Walls is released from prison after serving 13 years for the second degree murder of Julia Strange and when he gets out he is met by her 14 year old son, Gideon, with a gun in his hand. Detective Elizabeth Black has always believed Adrian is innocent so she is keen to protect him when another body is found on the evening of his release, killed in the same way as Julia. Unfortunately her powers are limited as she is suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into her rescue of Channing Shore and the death of her 2 rapists.

Wow! What a read. Redemption Road is a violent, brutal novel and not for the faint hearted but if you have the fortitude Mr Hart's beautiful writing, lyricism, strong characterisation and intricate plotting will hold you spellbound. It truly is a slice of small town Americana and rings very true (knowledge gained from my avid watching of true crime documentaries). I started reading and didn't put it down until I finished.

The plot hooked me from the start with its sense of not having the full story and more to come. All the plotlines are gradually teased out as the novel progresses but it is not a slow book. Each revelation leads to more twists and turns until you have no idea where any of it is going. This is not a criticism as it is easy to follow, more an admiration of Mr Hart's skill in producing the unexpected.

The characterisation is strong as well. Elizabeth Black is a complicated woman with her good points, bad points and vices. I can't expand much on that without spoilers but I found her fascinating.
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