Down River

John Hart; read by Scott Sowers

Macmillan Audio

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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 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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Down River
OneThe river is my earliest memory. The front porch of my father's house looks down on it from a low knoll, and I have pictures, faded yellow, of my first days on that porch. I slept in my mother's arms as she rocked there, played in the dust while my father fished, and I know the feel of that river even now: the slow churn of red clay, the back eddies under cut banks, the secrets it whispered to the hard, pink granite of Rowan County. Everything that shaped me happened near that river. I lost my mother in sight of it, fell in love on its banks. I could smell it on the day my father



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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Down River by John Hart. A powerful, heart-pounding suspense thriller from the unparalleled New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Child and The King of Lies, Down River will haunt your thoughts long after the last page is turned.



Praise for Down River

"Southern writer John Hart's work has a lyrical quality that Scott Sowers narrates with a growling weariness...The combination of Hart and Sowers provides the perfect marriage of prose and voice.  Together they enable the book to transcend genre fiction and become something exceptional."
- AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
“Scott Sowers delivers a solid performance reading Hart’s powerful second novel…Hart writes with an intimate sense of melancholy and loss that Sowers resonates perfectly.  Using a low-key, Southern accent to good advantage, Sowers draws the listener into the story from the very beginning with his simple, earnest delivery, and holds them tight.” - Publishers Weekly
“An ambitious debut thriller...well spun...a gripping performance.”          —People on The King of Lies
“There hasn’t been a thriller as showily literate since Scott Turow came along.” —The New York Times

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  • John Hart; read by Scott Sowers

  • 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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Down River

John Hart; read by Scott Sowers

Audible.com Best of the Year, AudioFile Best Voices, Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner


Macmillan Audio