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The King of Lies by John Hart

The King of Lies (edition 2006)

by John Hart

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Title:The King of Lies
Authors:John Hart
Info:Minotaur Books (2006), Edition: 1st, Kindle Edition, 320 pages
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This is an ok book
The main character is Jackson Workman Pickens a local lawyer or Work to his mates,
Works father also a lawyer but a bit more hotshot has been missing for 18 months then his body is discovered with 2 bullet holes in it.
Cops suspect Work and Work suspects his estranged sister Jean who hated their father.
Work does his own investigation work, Work has also been having an affair with a lady called Vanessa he cant stand his own Wife Barbara she is only really with him for the money he is due to inherit she also likes the status.
Work finds out his wife and father were having an affair he wanted to end it she didn't and she killed him. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Oct 15, 2017 |
A master of tightly plotted and well-crafted mysteries has written another winner. John Hart gives us a lawyer accused of his father’s murder, the DA that USED to be his friend, the wife he has never loved, the woman he does love, the cop who would love to see him hang, and, finally, a homeless man and a PI who may be his only friends. Add in a suicidal sister and her lover and the possibility of millions of dollars in inheritance and you have a first class mystery.
I thought I knew who the murderer was by the end of the second chapter. I was wrong. You will be too. But it doesn’t matter because the book is compelling reading.
5 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Aug 2, 2017 |
A little bit predictable, but still very good. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Not a single page dragged. Third book of John Hart's that I've read. Was not disappointed at all. ( )
  Samqua | Feb 11, 2016 |
Attorney Jackson Workman ("Work") Pickens has just been told that the body of his father, the esteemed lawyer Ezra, has been found after he had gone missing a year ago. Ezra had been arguing with his daughter Jean when Ezra's wife stepped between them to stop the fight. Whether by accident or intent Ezra struck out at his wife sending her sprawling down a flight of stairs where she died from her injuries. Jean and Work were too stunned to implicate their father in their mother's death but when Ezra left the house that night and never returned neither sibling was concerned about his whereabouts. Ezra died from two bullets to his head and his body was left in an abandoned shopping mall. Work is afraid that his emotionally-fragile sister committed the murder so he begins to lay out the evidence that will point to himself as the culprit as he tries to find the truth on his own.

I believe I would have enjoyed this story more had I liked the characters. Work is a man who hates his life, his spouse, his job and seems to be just plain miserable in general. His wife is horrid, his sister is not bad but her girlfriend is frighteningly manipulative and aggressive. Ezra himself was a misogynistic pig who enjoyed pulling Work's strings. The mystery itself was a pretty good one although I did figure it out about 2/3 of the way through the book.
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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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