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The King of Lies (edition 2011)

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Title:The King of Lies
Authors:John Hart
Info:Minotaur Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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Jackson Workman Pickens—known to most as Work—mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they’ve endured. And then Ezra’s body is discovered. ( )
  jacki | Jan 7, 2013 |
Hart writes a page turner. In both The Last Child and The King of Lies, I thought the narrative was wrapping up, but there was more to come. Literature, this is not, but it's a great for-fun read on the beach, when traveling, and when you are want some mysterious distraction. ( )
  bettewhitley | Sep 24, 2012 |
A prominent lawyer disappears and when his body turns up 18 months later his lawyer son and his mentally disturbed daughter suspect one another of the murder. The son is in a troubled marriage, the daughter in a relationship with a woman she met in a private mental hospital. The local DA seems and a driven police detective seem set on pinning the murder on the son. Many secrets of a deeply dysfunctional family are explored before a final twist reveals an unexpected killer. Nominated for Edgar for Best First Novel.
  ritaer | Sep 3, 2012 |
I didn't get why Work believed that Jean had killed their father.
So I couldn't sympathize with his struggle. 7/26/2012 ( )
  wankorobo | Jul 26, 2012 |
Jackson Workman Pickens - 'Work' to his friends - is an unambitious lawyer in a small Southern town. He also has some serious baggage. His mother died a year ago in a fall down the family's colonial staircase and his father, Ezra, has been missing ever since.

Work is left to deal with his psychologically damaged sister, his father's legal caseload and his own rocky marriage. Power and greed make many enemies, especially for a man as cruel as Ezra Pickens, so when his body turns up almost everyone in town is considered a suspect - but only one man is charged with the murder! With time, his wife and public opinion against him, Work embarks on his toughest case yet: proving his own innocence. His investigation will uncover a web of intrigue that he couldn't have imagined - and he soon realizes that no one is above suspicion - even those he loves.

I did really enjoy this book, even though, in my opinion, the story could have been wrapped up earlier. I thought it was a good plot with beautiful writing. I give it an A! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Feb 2, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312363753, Mass Market Paperback)

Jackson Workman Pickens--known to most as "Work"--mindlessly holds together his disintegrating life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife who shares their loveless marriage, and an estranged sister who bore the brunt of their childhood trauma.
 
And then Ezra's body is discovered.
 
Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect.  But so does his sister, Jean.  As much as Work's life was overshadowed by his domineering father, Jean's life was nearly destroyed by him. But does that make her capable of a vicious murder?  Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town.
 
Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, he fights to save his sister and clear his name--in this poignant and thrilling anatomy of a murder and its ripple effect within a family and a community.

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"A year after his mother's death and his father's mysterious disappearance, Jackson Workman Pickens - known to most as "Work" - is still fighting the fallout from his tortured past. His law practice is a shambles, a far cry from the legal empire that his father, Ezra Pickens, left in his care the day he vanished; his socialite wife, Barbara, is content to spend her days at the country club; and both Work and Barbara ignore the passionless nature of their failing marriage. Work's life is almost pleasantly unfulfilling." "The discovery of Ezra's murdered body changes everything." "Values are challenged, assumptions are questioned, and when the police learn of the vast fortune left in Ezra's wake, Work is no longer just a victim, he's a prime suspect - and so is his sister, Jean." "While Work's life has been overshadowed by his powerful, domineering father, Jean's life has been all but destroyed by him. Yet as damaged as she may be, is she capable of patricide? Fearing the worst for Jean, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small and moneyed Southern town." "As his sister comes undone, and the evidence against Work mounts, his long-standing emotional dam crumbles, and he must fight from beneath the torrent of secrets, lies, and childhood trauma that threatens to drown him. Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, he fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gave his heart so many years before."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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