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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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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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