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Iron House

John Hart

St. Martin's Griffin

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

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CHAPTER ONE
 

Michael woke reaching for the gun he no longer kept by the bed. His fingers slid over bare wood, and he sat, instantly awake, his skin slick with sweat and the memory of ice. There was no movement in the apartment, no sounds beyond those of the city. The woman beside him rustled in the warm tangle of their sheets, and her hand found the hard curve of his shoulder. “You okay, sweetheart?”
Weak light filtered through the curtains, the open window, and he kept his body turned so she could not see the boy that lingered in his eyes, the stain of hurt so deep
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REVIEWS

Praise for Iron House

Praise for IRON HOUSE:
 
Winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Award for Best Fiction
 
"If you crave thrillers that are vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart." — Patricia Cornwell
 
"Lean, hard and absolutely riveting, Iron House is a tour de force. With his best book yet, John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers." — Vince Flynn

"It isn’t as if Hart’s career needed jump-starting. His first three stand-alone thrillers have been greeted by an ever-growing crescendo of praise, including two Edgar Awards. Definitely not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And, yet, Iron House lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence…. The present-time plot—disaffected Mob hit man on the run, trying to carve a new life without endangering those he loves—makes a superb thriller on its own (steadily building tension, magnificently choreographed fight scenes, including a High Noon–like finale), but it’s what Hart does with the backstory that gives the novel its beyond-genre depth. Like the great Peter Hoeg in Borderliners (1994), Hart uses the familiar story of mistreatment in an orphanage as a way into the inner lives of his characters, and the blind fear, abject confusion, and yearning for love he finds there are both heartbreaking and curiously hopeful, in an almost postapocalyptic way. An unforgettable novel from a master of popular fiction.” –Booklist, starred review

"This rich, impressive contemporary thriller from two-time Edgar-winner Hart (The Last Child) focuses on two brothers, Michael and Julian, both raised and abused at the Iron House of the title, an orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina.... Hart deftly interweaves a complex family history story with Stevan's intense, bloody quest for vengeance.... [The book's] powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans--and should earn him many new ones." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Overwhelming Praise for the National Bestselling Work of John Hart:

 
THE LAST CHILD
"A magnificent creation...Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies." THE WASHINGTON POST
 
"A rare accomplishment—a compelling, fast-paced thriller written with a masterful, literary touch." — Jeffery Deaver
 
"If you haven't read John Hart...you ought to." — NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
 
"This generation's Pat Conroy." — THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
 
 
DOWN RIVER
"Settles the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
 
"There are few books published that can legitimately be called a 'must-read,' but this is one of them." — CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
 
"A beautifully constructed story of personal redemption, family secrets, and murder—a small-town epic...." — BOOKLIST
 
 
KING OF LIES
"Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding." — THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
"A top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard." — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Grade A)
 
"[An] ambitious debut thriller...a gripping performance." — PEOPLE
Praise for IRON HOUSE:
 
Winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Award for Best Fiction
 
"If you crave thrillers that are vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart." — Patricia Cornwell
 
"Lean, hard and absolutely riveting, Iron House is a tour de force. With his best book yet, John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers." — Vince Flynn

"It isn’t as if Hart’s career needed jump-starting. His first three stand-alone thrillers have been greeted by an ever-growing crescendo of praise, including two Edgar Awards. Definitely not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And, yet, Iron House lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence…. The present-time plot—disaffected Mob hit man on the run, trying to carve a new life without endangering those he loves—makes a superb thriller on its own (steadily building tension, magnificently choreographed fight scenes, including a High Noon–like finale), but it’s what Hart does with the backstory that gives the novel its beyond-genre depth. Like the great Peter Hoeg in Borderliners (1994), Hart uses the familiar story of mistreatment in an orphanage as a way into the inner lives of his characters, and the blind fear, abject confusion, and yearning for love he finds there are both heartbreaking and curiously hopeful, in an almost postapocalyptic way. An unforgettable novel from a master of popular fiction.” –Booklist, starred review

"This rich, impressive contemporary thriller from two-time Edgar-winner Hart (The Last Child) focuses on two brothers, Michael and Julian, both raised and abused at the Iron House of the title, an orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina.... Hart deftly interweaves a complex family history story with Stevan's intense, bloody quest for vengeance.... [The book's] powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans--and should earn him many new ones." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Overwhelming Praise for the National Bestselling Work of John Hart:

 
THE LAST CHILD
"A magnificent creation...Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies." THE WASHINGTON POST
 
"A rare accomplishment—a compelling, fast-paced thriller written with a masterful, literary touch." — Jeffery Deaver
 
"If you haven't read John Hart...you ought to." — NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
 
"This generation's Pat Conroy." — THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
 
 
DOWN RIVER
"Settles the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
 
"There are few books published that can legitimately be called a 'must-read,' but this is one of them." — CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
 
"A beautifully constructed story of personal redemption, family secrets, and murder—a small-town epic...." — BOOKLIST
 
 
KING OF LIES
"Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding." — THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
"A top-notch debut, Hart's prose is like Raymond Chandler's, angular and hard." — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Grade A)
 
"[An] ambitious debut thriller...a gripping performance." — PEOPLE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Hart

  • 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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