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Iron house [sound recording]
Hart, John
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hart's ambitious new thriller-a unique mixture of Dickensian plotting, violent action, and hardboiled attitude-benefits from Scott Sowers's relentless narration. The novel follows Michael, an oddly moral hit man who's on the run (with his pregnant girlfriend in tow) from his former mob associates. The sadistic criminals are seeking revenge and hunting for a treasure that once belonged to their recently departed mob boss. Meanwhile, Michael is searching for his frail brother, Julian, whom he has not seen since their childhood, which was spent in the grim Iron House orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina. Michael's quest leads him to a compound belonging to Julian's wealthy and powerful foster parents, where he uncovers the corpses of other Iron House orphans. Sowers's rat-a-tat delivery captures the spirit of the novel, complimenting Hart's clean prose, maintaining suspense, and clarifying the book's complex backstory. A Thomas Dunne hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Michael is an assassin for the mob; he's expectedly ferocious and cunning yet equally loyal, sensitive, and even loving-the unlikeliest of heroes. Yet it is Michael at the center of this complex, action-packed thriller that moves between the back mountains of North Carolina and its rolling estates and the mean streets of New York City. The story is built around children living a Lord of the Flies existence, schizophrenia, familial relationships, dirty politics, and revenge. Hart has the skill to create multi-faceted characters and weave them into multiple plotlines, creating a spellbinding story that is impossible to put down or to forget. This is only his fourth novel, and it is easy to see why he has won numerous awards for his previous three, including his Edgar Award-winning Down River and The Last Child. VERDICT Hart continues to build his legacy as one of the brightest stars in crime fiction. He's at the top of his game with his darkest novel yet, and fans of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, and Elmore Leonard will appreciate his style. [See Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.]-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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