Iron House

Iron House

by John Hart
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Overview

Iron House by John Hart

Two families. Two brothers. One explosive secret.

John Hart has written four New York Times bestsellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. The New York Times labeled his work "Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding." Now he delivers a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no reader will soon forget.

There was nothing but time at the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, time for two orphans to learn that life is neither painless nor won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is both feared and fiercely protective. When an older boy is brutally killed, Michael makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect his brother: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

For two decades, Michael thrives on the streets of New York, eventually clawing his way to a world of wealth, fear and respect. But the life he's fought to build unravels when he meets a woman who knows nothing of his past or sins. He wants a fresh start with Elena, the chance to build a family of his own. But a life in organized crime is not so easily abandoned. With a price on his head and everyone he loves at risk, Michael spirits Elena back to North Carolina, to the brother he'd lost and a thicket of intrigue more dense than he could possibly imagine. In a tour de force narrative of violence, hope and redemption, the brothers must return to the Iron House of their childhood, to the place that almost broke them, the place it all began.

Praise for John Hart

"Lean, hard and absolutely riveting, Iron House is a tour de force." — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vince Flynn

"Vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed."— #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Patricia Cornwell

"A magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies." –Washington Post on The Last Child

"Gripping. A must-read." —Chicago Sun-Times on Down River

"The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire." — Pat Conroy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848541795
Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 06/28/2011

About the Author

John Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The King of Lies, Down River and The Last Child. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year. His books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and can be found in over fifty countries. A former criminal defense attorney, John has also worked as a banker, stockbroker, and apprentice helicopter mechanic. A husband and father of two, he spends his time in North Carolina and Virginia.

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Iron House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 179 reviews.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Michael and Julian are brothers who suffered the pain and cruelty of an inept orphanage. Michael runs away from the orphanage after killing one of his brother's tormentors and they become estranged for over twenty years. Julian is adopted and is soon living with the wealthy family of a senator. Michael while living on the streets is picked up by a mob boss and is trained to be a ruthless killer. When the mob boss dies, so will Michael's connection to him and his family wants Michael dead. And they will stop at nothing to kill him. Meanwhile, Julian had suffered one of many breakdowns and cannot deal with his own demons. The senator wants to keep it a secret, but Michael wants to find out the truth. There are a variety of plot lines, that are woven together to make for superb story. With so much going on, this book is intense and emotional. It is a story of a brother's love from one another and how the past has a hold on one's present.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
After suffering all manner of indignities as orphans Michael and his younger brother Julian must now suffer the loss of each other when a murder is committed and a culprit must be spared. Now more than twenty years have passed and Michael once again finds it necessary to shield Julian only this time the stakes are much higher for both brothers and as time progresses and the body count is mounting, damning secrets are revealed, secrets that go back to the beginning, back to "Iron House". This very well written thriller will leave a definite taste of noir on your tongue as our author gives us his main protagonist who's just as much if not more villain than hero. His plot could be straight out any mob tale du jour complete with no necked body guards and no nonsense killers and beside one small plot dot that didn't fit for me the story line was flawless. He uses a full range of dialogue that matches his mix of characters, from street thugs of New York to the indigent hill people of North Carolina to the rolling estate of a politician and his wife. Each of Mr. Hart's characters is imperative to the story, and each play their part so well that his readers will feel the torture of Elena, the grief of Michael and the tenuous line on sanity of Julian and Abigail. This is a love story, a tragedy, a drama and a thriller all wrapped up in one and each of these themes are performed to perfection. There are scenes that are disturbing as this is not a read for the feint of heart, but they're masked well enough to not put off any but the most squeamish of readers. Be prepared for an adventure, an edge of your seat, nail biting, breath stealing roller coaster ride that will leave you winded to say the least, but glad you read it non the less. If you haven't read John Hart start now, if you have you'll continue to rave as Iron House will be your next Must Read.
MsObie More than 1 year ago
I Loved it! WOW! This was my first John Hart book, and I will definitely look for his previous works. I got this book through Goodreads first reads giveaway. I must admit I wasn't expecting to find myself cheering for a someone like Michael, conisdering his line of business, but that's exactly what happened. The main characters were so well written--cracked but not broken, flawed but loyal.
shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
Iron House John Hart ISBN: 978-0-312-38034-2 Release: July 12, 2011 432 pages Fiction $25.99/29.99 Can. Michael is a man with a dangerous past. He is a man who wants a brighter future, but with the past fast on his trail that future is crumbling before it can begin. Michael is good at one thing, and that's the thing he is trying to escape, killing. He will have to do a lot of it to reach that future, but that's also the thing that will destroy it. Choices and sacrifices will be made for the sake of something he holds dear, family. This one took me awhile to get into. It started out reading like a Hollywood plot I have watched many times (which is why I won't say much about the plot so not to give it away). About midway through it got my attention more. For one thing the pace of action picked up, but also more of a back story started showing through. When I finished the book I was left feeling really good about it overall. My first personal complaint is that I thought it started out slow. From the description I was expecting it to be action packed from the beginning. Another one is that I felt a character that should have been developed more (Michael's brother, since a lot of plot revolves around him) was left in the shadows. I really wanted to get to know him better. Plus, the outcomes were pretty predictable. Mr. Hart did surprise me with one thing and for that I give him a lot of credit. Otherwise I really enjoyed the book once the pace picked up and the plot thickened. There were some intriguing side stories to enhance the original plot and a dysfunctional family story that is realistic and relatable for some readers. When I closed the book for the final time I could imagine what life would like for the characters.
Sara_BethTN More than 1 year ago
One is defined neither by his past nor the sum of his actions, but by what he chooses to do at present. This book is an edge-of-your-seat type thriller, but with the kind of message usually seen only in the "classics".
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Iron House is a beautifully written mystery/suspense novel that delves into the psychological effects of a childhood of violence and abuse. Michael is an orphan who, after running away from a violent scene at an orphanage, grows up to be an enforcer for a powerful mobster. When he falls in love with a beautiful waitress and retires from organized crime, he is suddenly thrown into a violent mystery leading him to explore things he had left behind. Despite my need to suspend disbelief a few times (and to frown upon a few clichés), I feel that Hart kept up the action (and mystery) throughout the book, making for an engaging read. This is an excellent book for people who enjoy mystery/thrillers (assuming they don’t mind violence).
heavyheel More than 1 year ago
a dark wonderful book. Hart never fails to draw you into his world. Buy and read, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the last of the John Hart books that I read after getting back into reading reading again after quite a break, and I was not disapointed. I like the way he writes and I really like what he did with this story.. very enjoyable. I think this may be the best that he has done, but I look forward to what he comes out with next.
Carrie Russell More than 1 year ago
Captures you throught the book.
IrishlassFL More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of John Harts writing...but, in this book, there was just too much violence and gore...I had a really hard time finishing the story...
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. John Hart is a master story teller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderfully written book was by far one of the best I have read in years! The characters come alive and you follow their journeys with each gripping moment. Absolutely loved it!!
DMBJS More than 1 year ago
John Hart has become one of my favorite writers. I have read all of his books and they never disappoint. Iron House is by far the best. John Hart has twists throughout this story and brings it all together so perfectly in the end. The bond between the two brothers is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.
Brudon More than 1 year ago
I am over half way through this book and I can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and suspenseful. It pulls you in from the beginning and you won't be able to put it down. Highly recommend.
maxMS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, interesting, and a real page turner. Author wove a very clever plot. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to start this book, then when I started it I couldn't put it down. The subject matter is difficult and there are some rather grusome things that happen so if you are looking for a light read this isn't for you. I read John Hart King of Lies last summer so when I found he had another book I had to give it a chance. His writing style is simple and easy to understandnot what you would expect with the subject matter. This is not for laying on the beach but I will read more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Enjoyed every minute of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and all the other by him also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instantly captivating, Hart paints a complicated picture spanning decades.I will be reading more from this talented author.
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Runs along side him and helps him keep his balence. Mura
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Tacota! No!" She bursts out of the bushes and helps him to camp.
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Read this book! It grabs you from the first page and doesn't let up.