Down River

Down River

Book - 2007
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Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York trying to wipe out the memory of his family's rejection. Until a phone call from his best friend summons him back to Red Water Farm. When he left North Carolina, Adam left for good. Now he has no choice but to return - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help. Within hours of arriving, Adam is beaten up, accosted and has to face the hostility of those closest to him, including Grace, the young woman he cannot forget. Nothing has changed.And then people start turning up dead.For a man only just acquitted of murder, Adam's homecoming does not go well. And he has a dark streak, a history of violence. Everyone doubts. No one trusts him. And as the past threatens to overshadow the present, Adam becomes the prime suspect for the new murders. He alone can clear his name . . .
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2007.
ISBN: 9780719521515
0719521513
Branch Call Number: FIC HART
Characteristics: ix, 325 p. ; 24 cm.

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nancy180
Oct 17, 2014

Some flashes of William Lashner, READ this book. All of John's books will keep you up all night so read on the weekend.

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spt24
Dec 12, 2012

two time edgar award winner John Hart wrote an amazing book, do yourself a favor and read it.

BookEnthusiast Sep 21, 2011

A different genre for me, but I liked the intrigue and tempo. It kept me interested and up late at night trying to finish.

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 07, 2011

If you are looking for a strong, plot-driven mystery with lush descriptive phrases set in a moody southern atmosphere, chock full of family secrets, revenge, and loyalty, then Down River by John Hart could be the book for you.

Adam Chase returns to his Northern Carolina home some five years after being acquitted of murder and tossed from his family. His stepmother was the prosecution’s star witness. His step-brother and step-sister don’t seem all that thrilled to see him, and his father appears to want everyone to just forget what happened in the past. He returns to help a friend, but also he longs to put things right with his family again. Almost from the first minute of his return things start to go wrong, and when Adam discovers a corpse, he comes to the realization that things will never be right again until all the family secrets are revealed.

John Hart combines good story-telling with excellent character development. Each character has his own distinct identity, and the story flows smoothly. I really liked that this book didn’t end with everything wrapped up neatly. As in real life, there were some ragged ends, hurt feelings, and family obstacles to overcome. The author took his time with this story, slowly putting each piece in place, until the end, which came quickly and kept me glued to the page. All in all, a very good story.

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nipper
May 14, 2011

great book.......murder mystery family in north carolina......enjoyed the writing, story twists......

RutHut Feb 18, 2011

recommended by Barb Sullivan

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nhoj
Nov 15, 2010

Writes a really good mystery

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