By Ruby Johnson
It is our pleasure to welcome John Hart to our blog. John is already a two time Edgar Winner and his new book Iron House has just been named a number one pick by the Indies for August 2011. John Hart's three bestselling 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
So now you may think you have John Hart figured out, but you don’t.
His new novel IRON HOUSE (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; July 12, 2011), is mesmerizing and is a great read.
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What John is Saying...
In a recent interview on Author2Author, and the Salisbury Post, he said he didn't outline because he liked to enter a story wide-open to possiblility and living with characters for a year or so presented all kinds of opportunity to plumb their depths and draw out the facinating bits of them. He believes character and plot, plot and character are fundamentally enwined and both are challenging. He likes to write about families and says the human condition is universal and the bonds between mother and son or brother and sister are just as powerful. THE KING OF LIES dealt with brothers and sisters, DOWN RIVER with fathers and sons, THE LAST CHILD with a brother, sister, mother. As a man he says he feels the power of brotherhood "thunder throughout the pages" of IRON HOUSE as he does life itself. It is why he writes about family... the power of those bonds. Love is more intense, hurts run deeper and memory is a timeless thing. Those are strong elements if one is trying to write a thriller that twines deeply into the readers' emotions. He says this novel was harder to write and it took longer, Thinking he could hammer out a plot-driven novel, he tried to do more with more plot, make the characters deeper with a plot that was on fire but he couldn't turn his back on what he enjoys - writing deep, messed up characters. You can visit him at http://www.johnhartfiction.com/.
Back Cover Copy...
IRON HOUSE tells the remarkable story of two brothers raised in abject brutality and separated by a shocking act of violence at a tender age. When a boy is found viciously stabbed in their hardscrabble orphanage high in the North Carolina mountains, one of the brothers, Michael, is accused of murder and flees, eventually finding his way to the streets of New York City and into the heart of organized crime. Two decades later—a seasoned killer—he returns to North Carolina with a sentence on his head, the mob in hot pursuit, and his long-lost brother in trouble of a different kind. Meanwhile, his brother Julian, who has since been raised in relative wealth and prosperity by a prominent North Carolina senator and his accomplished wife, still mourns the sudden separation from Michael—and remains constantly haunted by memories of their vicious past together in the Iron House orphanage.
With vast sums in play, personal and political fortunes at risk, and bodies piling up at an alarming rate, the once inseparable brothers reunite to solve the mystery of their shared past in a tour de force narrative of loss and courage—one that poignantly illustrates the consequences of abandonment and violence, and the redemptive power of family.
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