Adam Chase has a violent streak, and not without reason. As a boy, he saw things that no child should see, suffered wounds that cut to the core and scarred thin. The trauma left him passionate and misunderstood---a fighter. After being narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, Adam is hounded out of the only home hes ever known, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years he disappears, fades into the faceless gray of New York City. Now hes back and nobody knows why, not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind.
But Adam has his reasons.
Within hours of his return, he is beaten and accosted, confronted by his family and the women he still holds dear. No one knows what to make of Adams return, but when bodies start turning up, the small town rises against him and Adam again finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life, not just to prove his own innocence, but to reclaim the only life hes ever wanted.
Bestselling author John Hart holds nothing back as he strips his characters bare. Secrets explode, emotions tear, and more than one person crosses the brink into deadly behavior as he examines the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and revenge.
A powerful, heart-pounding thriller, Down River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.
The river is my earliest memory. The front porch of my fathers house looks down on it from a low knoll, and I have pictures, faded yellow, of my first days on that porch. I slept in my mothers arms as she rocked there, played in the dust while my father fished, and I know the feel of that river even now: the slow churn of red clay, the back eddies under cut banks, the secrets it whispered to the hard, pink granite of Rowan County. Everything that shaped me happened near that river. I lost my mother in sight of it, fell in love on its banks. I could smell it on the day my father drove me out. It was part of my soul, and I thought Id lost it forever.
But things can change, thats what I told myself. Mistakes can be undone, wrongs righted. Thats what brought me home.
Id been awake for thirty-six hours and driving for ten. Restless weeks, sleepless nights, and the decision stole into me like a thief. I never ...
t's rare that one would want to read a mystery again, but once the motives are revealed, it sheds new light on all the characters' previous behaviors. In spite of some repetitive self-reflection on Adam's part, Down River is a book that warrants reading at least once and perhaps once again for the skillful plot and descriptive language.
(Reviewed by Vy Armour).
Full Review (1018 words).
John Hart 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
River. 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 ...
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