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Friday, July 10, 2009

Wonderful Win: The Last Child

The Last Child by John Hart

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

I won this AUTOGRAPHED copy over at Rhapsody in Books. This is a husband/wife blog team that has the best list of non-fiction reviews I have seen. They also have a multitude of fiction reviews. Stop by to find your next book!

About the book: 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 Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power. (from the book cover)

About the author: John Hart is the Edgar Award-winning author of two New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies and Down River. His books have been translated into twenty-six languages and published in over thirty countries. A former criminal defense attorney, John has also worked as a banker, stockbroker, and apprentice helicopter mechanic. Other than writing, his favorite job was pouring pints in a London pub. A husband and father of two, John still lives in his native North Carolina, where he writes full-time.

The Last Child
Publisher/Publication Date: St. Martin's Press, May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-35932-4
384 pages

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bermudaonion said...

That's a fantastic win! I hope you enjoy it.

Rebecca :) said...

I love Rhapsody in Books, too. This book has intrigued me, too, but I haven't read it yet either. Congrats on your win!


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