You'll probably find Down River
the mystery section of your local bookstore, but its
descriptive writing makes it more than a whodunit.
As Publisher Weekly
should settle once and for all the
question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also
The first-person narrative immediately pulls the
reader into Adam Chase's mind, setting the tone for
what is to come, when, after returning home from a five-year
absence, he says, "The river is my earliest memory.
Everything that shaped me happened near that river".
Hart continuously and seamlessly weaves the reader
through three layers of Adam's thoughts: his
traumatic childhood memories, the town's reaction to
Beyond the Book
was born in
Durham, North Carolina, the son
of a surgeon and French teacher.
His family later moved to Rowan
County, the setting for his
first novel, King of Lies
and his second novel, Down
His favorite memory
of childhood is a five-hundred
acre farm that has since fallen
to the sweeping tide of
development. Hence his current
passion to protect North
Carolina's open spaces.
Hart earned graduate degrees in
law and accounting, but his
desire to write well and be
published led him to "chase the...