Redemption Road (Thorndike Core) (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Memorable characters, a plot with enough twists to satisfy any reader, and beautiful writing make Redemption Road a story you will long remember.

A cop faces a board of inquiry after shooting two men. Elizabeth should be figuring out how to explain the 18 bullets in the dead men.  Instead she is driving around aimlessly, staying up all night, and doing nothing to save her career.  She is a good cop, she loves her job, but 18 bullets and two dead men are a hard sell to the powers that be even with rescuing the young woman they abducted to repeatedly rape.  

Gabriel bears the name of an archangel, perhaps it was well chosen.  He plans to do what his father cannot, what he thinks honor and justice demand.  When Gabriel was a small child his mother was murdered, the man jailed for the crime.  Gabriel now 13 has possession of a gun; he will face his mother’s killer and avenge her death. 

Adrian was a star detective, dead sexy and brilliant to boot. When a cop goes bad, the whole force feels the betrayal.  The years behind bars have changed him, hardened the man and given him scars that bear witness to the time he spent inside.  

Women are being murdered, their bodies placed in a ritualistic display.  William Shakespeare said “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”   There is evil in this bucolic North Carolina town. 

One woman has the flat out courage, tenacity, and heart to bring it to an end.  Pick up Redemption Road and you will not put it down until you reach the last splendid page!

— Deon Stonehouse

Redemption Road, by John Hart.9780312380366. What a read this book is! It has good character development, a story that will not release the reader until the last word has been read, and it takes on issues that are hard and sensitive.  The main character is a detective for the local police, Elizabeth Black. Elizabeth is at odds with her preacher father, and she has a difficult working relationship with her boss. It is clear, however that she is determined to do the right thing regardless of what it might cost her. When a young girl is kidnapped, in an attempt to rescue her from the hands of two seedy young men, she kills the two perpetrators. Later the prosecutor is bent on demonstrating that she is guilty of the torture and murder of the two young men. In the meantime the force is focused on solving the serial murders of some local young women. Elizabeth is banned from participating. Even though she has crucial information, those who are involved in the investigation will not consider what she has to offer. Part of the reason I love this book is because Elizabeth demonstrates that she is heroic. She demonstrates a capacity for love beyond what one might think in possible, even to the ruin of her own life.

— Nancy Nelson

Memorable characters, a plot with enough twists to satisfy any reader, and beautiful writing make Redemption Road a story you will long remember. A cop faces a board of inquiry after shooting two men. Elizabeth should be figuring out how to explain the 18 bullets in the dead men.  Instead she is driving around aimlessly, staying up all night, and doing nothing to save her career.  She is a good cop, she loves her job, but 18 bullets and two dead men are a hard sell to the powers that be even with rescuing the young woman they abducted to repeatedly rape.  Gabriel bears the name of an archangel, perhaps it was well chosen.  He plans to do what his father cannot, what he thinks honor and justice demand.  When Gabriel was a small child his mother was murdered, the man jailed for the crime.  Gabriel now 13 has possession of a gun; he will face his mother’s killer and avenge her death.  Adrian was a star detective, dead sexy and brilliant to boot. When a cop goes bad, the whole force feels the betrayal.  The years behind bars have changed him, hardened the man and given him scars that bear witness to the time he spent inside.  Women are being murdered, their bodies placed in a ritualistic display.  William Shakespeare said “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”   There is evil in this bucolic North Carolina town.  One woman has the flat out courage, tenacity, and heart to bring it to an end.  Pick up Redemption Road and you will not put it down until you reach the last splendid page!

— Deon Stonehouse

May 2016 Indie Next List


“Hart weaves several plotlines together in this masterful crime novel: the former cop serving hard time for a crime he didn't commit; the son who awaits the release of his mother's killer; the girl whose brutal attackers were tortured and assassinated; and Liz, the cop at the heart of all of these stories, who is, herself, wanted by the police. Like the best crime dramas, there are characters to love, characters to hate, outcomes to root for, and a resolution that readers will not foresee. This book should put John Hart on every reader's radar.”
— Jill Miner (W), Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410489425
ISBN-10: 1410489426
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: May 4th, 2016
Pages: 664
Language: English
Series: Thorndike Core