**** The King of Lies By John Hart A case of patricide?
North Carolina criminal defense attorney Jackson Workman "Work" Pickens is struggling to reconcile his ghosts: his loveless, gold-digger wife; his sister's emotional problems; an unhappy lover; his mother's death; and his wealthy, abusive father's disappearance. When his father's corpse is found 18 months later, Work, heir to $15 million, looks for clues to the murder. As he starts to uncover hidden truths, protect his sister, and track down the killer he feels sure is near, Work becomes the murder's prime suspect. St. Martin's Minotaur. 320 pages. $22.95. ISBN: 031234161X
Charlotte Observer ****
"Whether it's a row of gutted house trailers or the evil smiles at the country club, Hart's eye seems drawn to the darkest corners of human behavior.... Hart is pretty good at muddying a trail himself, and before it's over he has left clues that could point to just about anyone in the book." SALEM MACKNEE
Denver Post ****
"Hart taps into his legal background to speckle the book with insider-type facts about the way lawyers and police do their jobs and the grim reality of prison life, adding to the believability of the story." MIA GEIGER
New York Times ****
"The King of Lies crossbreeds enough Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding to make for a sulfurous mix. Mr. Hart's prose style keeps it bubbling, sometimes spilling over the top." JANET MASLIN
Raleigh News & Observer ***1/2
"More than anything else--more than a terrific whodunit, an...