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The King of Lies (2006)

by John Hart

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When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed faȧde begin to crack. Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.… (more)
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In this, John Hart's first book, the protagonist's father is found murdered and Work Pickens believes his troubled sister may have done the deed. Meanwhile, Pickens is juggling a collapsing law business, an unhappy marriage, and deep feelings for another woman. Almost as many twists as a Harlan Coben book, with the killer not revealed until the end. His newer books are better: Hart spent too much time setting up the suspense here. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Best book I have read in a long time. Great storytelling. Emotionally exhausting book. ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
I liked it, the author successfully kept me guessing throwing a few good candidates for the murderer. The ending was a major let down - as if the author realised he already had enough pages and just called it a day. Not really a deus ex machina, it just ends and neatly resolves all the subplots.
It's actually baffling. The chapter ends, the villain wins, fade to black. Next page it's all over but actually it turns out they all lived happily ever after. The ending is so upbeat that I wonder if it was different at some point, more in line with the rest of the book. I'm just going to go with my interpretation of the ending being the last seconds of the brain activity of the dying protagonist as it makes more sense. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Meh ( )
  newnaturalmama | Nov 15, 2020 |
Jackson Workman Pickens' father was a pillar of the community. But he whom the community revered made his son's life a mess. In fact, they whole family was screwed up. He disappears for a year and then his body is found and everything thing Work did it. Work thinks his sister did it and will do anything to protect her. But this story is much more. It's full of great characters and it's really well told. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed faȧde begin to crack. Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

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