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December 6, 2011 / John Sheridan

Review – Iron House by John Hart

Another marvellous book from John Hart – one wonders how long he can keep delivering at this level following multiple awards for previous books including “The Last Child” (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) and “Down River” (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK).

Even the publisher blurb generates excitement.

An old man is dying. And when the old man is dead, they will come for him. And they will come for her, to make him hurt. She knows nothing of this. Not his past as a killer, or the danger he brought to her door. But he would go to hell to keep her safe. And come back burning.

“Iron House” (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) is the name of an orphanage where two brothers Michael and Julian are hoping for adoption but Michael runs away to cover Julian’s role in the death of another resident and thereafter their lives take wildly divergent paths – one as a successful children’s author and adopted son of a senator and the other as a “boogeyman” enforcer for organised crime. Their paths cross again later in life with the latter on the run from his erstwhile hitman colleagues and the former the prime suspect in a murder but how are these events connected and who is the killer?

Hart does a superb job of cranking up the anticipation levels and keeping you guessing. Some limited gruesome scenes in places may not be for the fainthearted. Highly recommended and another surefire contender for awards.

See also:

Coming Soon: Iron House by John Hart

Three for Three: John Hart’s Awards

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  1. techeditor / Sep 9 2012 5:37 pm

    I read this, too. And I agree with you.

    IRON HOUSE, like Hart’s other novels, will suck you in right away. And you won’t be able to put it down easily, either. I tried. A book arrived in the mail after I had started IRON HOUSE. I needed to read the other book in 3 days. I couldn’t.

    IRON HOUSE got better and better, right to the end. Whatever I guessed turned out to be something else.

    Few authors can write a thriller like Hart does. While most are plot driven and formulaic, Hart’s are character driven as well plot driven and far superior. So it not only keeps you up at night like a great thriller should; it also makes you care about the characters.

    Michael is the star of this story, and of course you’ll love him. But I wonder if I don’t love Julian’s mother even more.

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