Friday, April 30, 2010

LAST is first: John Hart becomes a multiple Edgar winner!

The news is starting to circulate from the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards ceremony - the 64th Gala Banquet, that was held over the past few hours at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

And the big news is that North Carolina lawyer-turned-author John Hart has scooped his second Edgar Award for Best Novel, for his outstanding third novel THE LAST CHILD. It's his second Edgar for Best Novel, after scooping the same award in 2008 for his second novel DOWN RIVER.

Three novels, two Edgar Awards for Best Novel. Crazy. Oh, and THE LAST CHILD also won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (for the year’s best thriller) at last October's 2009 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards. Methinks the awards-hoarding Mr Hart has rapidly moved from rising star to well-established superstar amongst the crime and thriller writing world.

The extended publishers' blurb for THE LAST CHILD says:

"Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is... confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing...

Undeterred by Hunt’s threats or his mother’s pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit."

You can read the prologue and first three chapters of THE LAST CHILD here.

Hat tip to Peter Rozovsky of the always-excellent Detectives Beyond Borders for the heads-up.

More commentary and reaction to come.

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