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The King of Lies: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2011
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From the masterful New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and Down River, comes this tour de force of murder and the dark ripples it sends through a man, his family and community.
Jackson Workman Pickens―known to most as Work―mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they've endured.
And then Ezra's body is discovered.
Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect. But so does Jean. Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town. Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, Work fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gave his heart so many years before.
Praise for King of Lies:
"The King of Lies moves and reads like a book on fire." ---Pat Conroy
"Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding." --New York Times
"[An] ambitious debut thriller…a gripping performance." --People Magazine
"Compares favorably to the best of Scott Turow" --Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A striking new talent." --Entertainment Weekly
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About the Author
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; First edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312677375
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312677374
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 1.55 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2022
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None of the characters are likeable. In fact, some are downright repulsive. The protagonist, Work, is a case in point. He is miserable and wants to reject both his marriage and rich lifestyle but doesn’t have the guts to do so. He has no contact with his sister for 18 months or more. She suffers from mental instability and wants nothing to do with Work. He professes to love her nonetheless, and is willing to do hard time for her as guilty for his father’s murder. He is an unrepentant liar to everyone, a terrible lawyer and cheats on his wife with Vanessa, the “love of his life”. Still, he ignores her for months on end and emotionally bashes her around. That’s the good guy. I need a likeable character, not perfect, but at least with a tendency to be positive.
The plot feels contrived, and although the pace is good, is gets smothered in the many quirks and red herrings it picks up along the way. It gets so complex it takes 2 chapters of ‘tell, don’t show’ to explain it all. I could visualize the checklist of plot points to explain, clicking each off as the book comes to an agonizingly slow close. I finished the book but never became engrossed in it. After a while even I may try the author again but I will be very careful in my book selection.
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I then looked back and read The Last Child (again excellent, with perhaps something of a nod towards Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn), before this one which I think was his first and which again is an excellent read.
His stock in trade seems to be portraying desperately bleak dysfunctional family situations wrapped up in violent thrillers with gradual dawning of hope of a better future as the stories unfold: very well paced and atmospheric, sometimes with quite a slow burn for the first half of the book (or more) as the scene is set in some detail before becoming an unputdownable express train of a page turner with plenty of interesting plot twists.
Very highly recommended, but not for the faint hearted!
AFter King of Lies, I immediately bought Last Child (equally brilliant) and Down River (half way through and loving it) and recommended them to my book group pals. I just hope Hollywood has bought the rights. Hart deserves to be read by book lovers everywhere