Down River: A Novel

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Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy—but being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Adam is beaten, accosted, and hostilely confronted by his family, including Grace, the young woman whose abandonment torments him still. Then ...

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Overview

Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy—but being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Adam is beaten, accosted, and hostilely confronted by his family, including Grace, the young woman whose abandonment torments him still. Then people start turning up dead. Within this small Southern town, John Hart explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed—and whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781427201942
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

John Hart

John Hart was born and raised in North Carolina. For a time he practiced criminal defense law, but left to write The King of Lies. John used to do foolish things, like fly helicopters and sail small boats across large oceans. Now, with a loving young family, he writes books, which is harder but safer. John still makes his home in North Carolina.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Awesome

    I absolutely love John Hart. His writing style, the mystery, the characters. Everything about all three of his books I love. This was the first one I stumbled upon, in the BARGAIN section! I don't know why because had I known how good it was I certainly would have paid full price! The book caputures the reader from the beginning and the twists and turns soon start to take you on a wonderful journey, sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time. Hoping to figure out the end, and at the same time rooting for the main character. A must read. Adam Chase leaves his hometown after a terrible accusation is made, murder. Even though he is aquitted of the crime almost everyone looks at him with judging eyes, thinking he did it. When Adam returns from NY reluctant to come back to the town that no longer welcomes him, but to help a friend, people start turning up dead. And so the story takes on a exciting plot of twists and turns. Adam must solve this mystery, and he doesn't care what it takes.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    Way Beyond My Expectations

    I selected this book while on vacation in SC and just thought it was another local writer with a little talent. WRONG! (Yes, I know there is a difference between NC and SC. But the Carolina's none the less.) Down River is one of the best books I have read in a while. I would compare the quality to the old James Patterson. EXCELLENT! Hart really keeps you guessing until the very end. This book shows that life isn't always easy, no matter where you come from and how much money you have.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!!

    I LOVE this book! I bought it on a whim at a dollar store and within the next week I had finished. When I got into the last 100 pages I couldn't put it down. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it. This book is good for a rainy day, snow day, sunny day, any day really. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    If I could give 10 stars...I would

    This book was amazing! This is definatly the best book I have read in a long time. I loved everything about it and couldn't put it down!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Lukewarm

    I selected this book, because it got the 2008 Edgar, an award bestowed to the best mystery novel written in the US in a given year. The story unfolds about a string of crimes related to a rich family of rural North Carolina, there are many possible perpetrators and many motives behind. The plot is complex and twisted, creatively crafted, superb, but the author was not skillful enough to create a writing style that matches the quality of the plot so as to release the magic that captivates readers to really enjoy and finish the book in no time. Outstanding plot. Boring writing style

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I picked up this book, sounded interesting, and was never able to put it dow, good story and several twists and turns

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Recommended! Great Book!

    Mystery lovers and lovers of words -- this book is for you! John Hart does it all: an intriguing plot; skillfully drawn characters; artful use of words. I also read Last Child and plan to read more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I was a little hesitant to read this book since I did not like K

    I was a little hesitant to read this book since I did not like King Of Lies at all. This book was so much better. I enjoyed reading this book. It's not the best book I have every read but it was a very good story with good characters.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Highly recommended

    All of John Hart's books keep you reading and not wanting to put the book down until the end. Cannot wait for another book to come out. Loved them all.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Very good!

    Sucks you in from page 1!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Great read!

    Lots of twists and turns. You never see it coming!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book!!!!

    This book was simply amazing. This was my second book of John Harts that I have read. I appreciate the phenomenal author that he is. He writes great books, books that'll keep you wanting to read more and more. I love books with a twist!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    ****

    The first John Hart book I've read and really enjoyed it.
    Great characters,very descriptive, lots of twists and turns and hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Highly recommended.

    It took me three starts to get into it but as it progressed I couldn't put it down. More twists and turns than any book I've read in a long time. Truly a page turner. Try it, you'll love it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2010

    SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

    I have found another favorite author. I have read alll three of Hart's books and this was my favorite. It was well written and the characters and their behavior were so real. Hart keeps you guessing through the whole thing. Would definitely recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    JG

    Great. Could not put it down.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    I'd like to join FireClan

    This is Silvermist(silvery grey queen). I'm willing to be a warrior or a medicine cat(if you still need one). Please respond. As I said before I am a FEMALE. Not a male.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I really enjoyed this southern mystery. Twists and turns throughout and I never saw the end coming. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Kept my interest

    I like a good mystery and this book provided enough possible characters so that it kept you guessing until about half way through the book. There was a bit of repeating the same background over and over but not untolerable. Overall, it was fine.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Another Great Book from Hart

    I really like his writing style and story lines. This book is as good as all the others he's written.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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