John Hart
Edgar-Award winning, New York Times Bestselling Author

John Hart is one of the most celebrated novelists in the country.  His first book, The King of Lies, a gripping thriller set in the southern U.S., went through five printings and spent multiple weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His next novel, Down River, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel and spent weeks on both the New York Times and London Times bestseller list. Hart earned the Edgar Allen Poe Award yet again for his 2010 novel The Last Child. He has been published in twenty-six languages and over thirty countries.


Before he began his career as a full time writer, he sailed twice across the Atlantic Ocean and worked on helicopters in Alaska. He drew pints in a pub in London, worked as a tutor in France and on sailboats on the Carolina coast. He earned degrees in French, accounting and law, then pursued careers in banking, law and investment management. Eventually he managed to write two novels that never found a publisher. Convinced he could do better, John took a gamble and quit his law practice to take a stab at chasing the only dream he ever had. He gave himself a year and finished his third novel in eleven months and two weeks. 

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St. Martin's Press

Set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War, The Unwilling (June 2020 release) combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart's singular style. This is crime fiction at its most raw, an exploration of family and the past, of prison and war and the indelible marks they leave.

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St. Martin's Griffin

Set in the world of his most beloved novel The Last Child (“A magnificent creation” —The Washington Post), John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen. More than an exploration of friendship, persistence, and forgotten power, The Hush leaves all categories behind, and cements Hart's status as a writer of unique power.

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St. Martin's Paperbacks

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 while, 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.

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St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

Two families. Two brothers. One explosive secret. John Hart has written four New York Times bestsellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar...

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St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

A powerful, heart-pounding thriller from the unparalleled New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and The King of...

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel John Hart’s New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. With...

An Evening with John Hart: John discusses his long road to being a bestselling author, the things he has learned along the way, and how we can achieve our dreams if we dare to roll the dice.

Praise for The Last Child
“Hart spins an impressively layered tale of broken families and secrets that can kill.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hart once again produces a novel that is elegant, haunting, and memorable. His characters are given an emotional depth that genre characters seldom have, and the graceful, evocative prose lifts his stories right out of their genre and into the realm of capital-L literature. A must-read for every variety of fiction reader.”
Booklist (starred review)

Praise for Down River
“This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“There are few books published that can legitimately be called a ‘must-read,’ but this is one of them.”
Chicago Sun-Times