Last Child

ISBN-10: 0312642369
ISBN-13: 9780312642365
Edition: 2009
Authors: John Hart
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Description: John Hart'sNew York Timesbestselling debut,The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. WithDownRiver, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

John Hart'sNew York Timesbestselling debut,The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. WithDownRiver, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, withThe Last Child, he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain. Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene. Then a second child goes missing . . . Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit. Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith,The Last Childleaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

John Hart was born in Durham, North Carolina, in 1965. He graduated from Davidson College with a degree in French Literature. He later earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. He has written several books including The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. He has received several awards including the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, the Barry Award, and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year.

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