The Last Child

By John Hart; Scott Sowers (Read by)
(Macmillan Audio, Compact Disc, 9781427206664)

Publication Date: May 12, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2009 Indie Next List
“John Hart has written a thriller about a young boy searching for his missing twin that will have you on edge and pulling for the hero from the very beginning. The strong characters and twists in the plot had me white-knuckled until I turned the final page.”
-- Marc Galvin, The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '10 Reading Group List
“This is a haunting, beautifully written book about a teenage boy's quest to find his sister, who's been missing for a year. His own quest is mirrored by a police Detective who has let things in his own life slip as he becomes as obsessed with the case as the missing girl's brother. Using a small town as his canvas, Hart beautifully interweaves character and plot to give a completely compelling and original narrative, one that stays with you long after finishing the book.”
-- Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha's Ltd., Ann Arbor, MI


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.

About the Author

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.   

Scott Sowers has narrated numerous audiobooks, including books by Douglas Preston, Robert Ludlum, John Hart, and Nicholas Sparks. He was named the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense by AudioFile magazine.

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Praise For The Last Child

"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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