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The Last Child

Format:  Paperback,

419 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2010

ISBN-13: 9780312642365

ISBN-10: 0312642369

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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel
John Hart's "New York Times" bestselling debut, "The King of Lies," announced the arrival of a major talent. With "Down"" River," he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with "The Last Child," he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.
Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.
Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.
Then a second child goes missing . . .
Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.
Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, "The Last Child" leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

Specifications

Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2010
ISBN-13: 9780312642365
ISBN-10: 0312642369
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 419
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Hart, John

John Hart was born in Durham, North Carolina, in 1965. He graduated from Davidson College with a degree in French Literature. He later earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. He has written several books including The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, and Iron House. He has received several awards including the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, the Barry Award, and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-03-01)

When 12-year-old Alyssa Merrimon disappeared a year ago, her family fell apart. Her twin brother, Johnny, became obsessed with trying to find her, their father took off, not to be heard from again, and their mother sank into a world of drugs and booze, helped along by an abusive, wealthy boyfriend. Det. Clive Hunt is also obsessed, both with finding Alyssa and with her mother, and his preoccupation costs him his marriage and jeopardizes his job.

But this is Johnny's story and his quest to find the sister he lost. Taking his mother's car while she's passed out and occasionally taking along his best friend, Jack, Johnny spies and keeps meticulous records on the townsfolk of small Raven County, NC. The world is a dark place when seen through his eyes, and Johnny is an unforgettable character in this finely drawn yet disturbing thriller. With his best novel yet, the Edgar Award-winning Hart (Down River) firmly cements his place alongside the greats of the genre. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

[175,000-copy first printing; library marketing.] - Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Awards, 2010 (United States)
  • Anthony Award, 2010 (United States)

Book description

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

John Hart’s New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. With Down River, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with The Last Child, he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing...

Undeterred by Hunt’s threats or his mother’s pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 4reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by unexpected ending very good book! Kinda slow in the beginning but i loved it. 05/16/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Book!! I loved this book! Keeps you on the edge wondering what's going to happen next. I'm glad I ran into this book. I'm going to buy Hart's other 2 books, hoping for them to be just as great! 09/19/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Really liked the book! I heard some people talking about it and had to get it. 08/15/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by One of the Best Books I've Ever Read! The book overall including the storyline, transition, and sensory detail is utterly amazing. I literally read this book in one day, I was hooked! I experienced so many emotions while reading this beautifully written book. I cried, yelled, gasped, etc. It's such a great mystery book and there are so many unexpected surprises! Just buy the book and read it, okay? I swear you won't regret it. 12/02/2012
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