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Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009.
Judges’ comments: 'Accomplished and ambitious piece of southern gothic. It is beautifully rendered, with a cast of memorable characters - full of pathos, atmosphere and mystery. A cracking and original story.'
With the success of Down River expectation for John Hart's new novel is high so take the opportunity to read the first chapter of The Last Child and you will not be disappointed. We are pleased to say he has hit the jackpot yet again with a suspenseful, gripping thriller and deserves all the recognition he gets.
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon has to face things no boy his age should face. In the year since his twin sister’s abduction his world has fallen apart: his father has disappeared and his fragile mother is spiralling into ever deeper despair.
Johnny keeps strong. Armed with a map, a bike and a flashlight, he stalks the bad men of Raven County. The police might have given up on Alyssa; he never will. Someone, somewhere, knows something they’re not telling.
Only one person looks out for Johnny. Detective Clyde Hunt shares his obsession with the case. But when Johnny witnesses a hit-and-run and insists the victim was killed because he’d found Alyssa, even Hunt thinks he’s lost it.
And then another young girl goes missing...
Closing date: 11/10/2018
Publication date: 14/05/2009
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
|Publication date:||14th May 2009|
|Publisher:||John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
John Hart was born in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two young children. He has degrees in French, accounting and law, and worked as a banker, stockbrocker and attorney before beginning his writing career. His first novel, The King of Lies, was an international bestseller.More About John Hart