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The Last Child

John Hart, read by Scott Sowers

Macmillan Audio

Fresh off the success of his Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestseller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could’ve imagined— and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth.

Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa’s case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he’s lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can’t put the case behind him—he won’t—and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa...

The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as
heartrending as it is redemptive.

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CHAPTER ONEJohnny learned early. If somebody asked him why he was so different, why he held himself so still and why his eyes seemed to swallow light, that's what he'd tell them. He learned early that there was no safe place, not the backyard or the playground, not the front porch or the quiet road that grazed the edge of town. No safe place, and no one to protect you.Childhood was illusion.He'd been up for an hour, waiting for the night sounds to fade, for the sun to slide close enough to call it morning. It was Monday, still dark, but Johnny rarely slept. He woke to patrol
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from John Hart's novel The Last Child, winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

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"The scenes and characters are so powerful on their own that [Scott Sowers's] understated presentation is highly effective. He still manages to give the characters depth and distinction with subtle modifcations of pace, tone, and degree of soft Carolina drawl. This is a difficult story to listen to - but an impossible story to put down." -- AudioFile

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THE LAST CHILD by John Hart | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE LAST CHILD . In his third novel, Edgar-winner Hart (<i>Down River<i>, 2007, etc.) confronts murder, depravity, betrayal and the like, while still finding room for tenderness.
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  • John Hart, read by Scott Sowers

  • JOHN HART is the author of the New York Times bestseller The King of Lies and his second book, Down River, won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He continues to make his home in North Carolina with his family.
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  • Scott Sowers
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The Last Child

John Hart, read by Scott Sowers

Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner, Anthony Awards - Nominee
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