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
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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