Iron House by John Hart


11 Critic Reviews

...its powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans—and should earn him many new ones.
-Publishers Weekly


An old man is dying.

When the old man is dead they will come for him.

And they will come for her, to make him hurt.

John Hart has written three New York Times bestsellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. His books have been called "masterful" (Jeffery Deaver) and "gripping" (People) with "Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding" (The New York Times). Now he delivers his fourth novel—a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no reader will soon forget.


At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn't won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.


For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York's world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he's fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy. . . .


The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he's laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he's been running from his whole life: Iron House.


About John Hart

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John Hart is the New York Times bestselling author of Down River and The King of Lies. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award and England's Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year. He was born and raised in North Carolina. For a time he practiced criminal defense law, but left to focus on his writing.
Published July 12, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jul 31 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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Below average
on Jul 12 2011

...Hart, after three first-rate outings, is not at his best in what amounts to a soap opera for the macho set.

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Publishers Weekly

on May 16 2011

...its powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans—and should earn him many new ones.

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Book Reporter

on Jul 12 2011

...a joy to behold, a complex story that moves with an implicit purpose and is still dropping bombshells on the final pages.

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Booklist Online

on May 01 2011

An unforgettable novel from a master of popular fiction.

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The Bookbag

on Sep 08 2012

I found this book to be an entertaining read with a terrific central character at its heart.

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Huffington Post

on Jul 26 2011

There are few writers on the scene today who even come close to matching Hart's talent. It seems to just get bigger and bigger

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Look At OKC

on Aug 21 2011

The book combines suspense, a love story and plenty of twists and surprises. The characters are vivid, and readers can feel the tension build. Hart continues to write literate thrillers.

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'Iron House' has an entertaining plot, unusual characters and is well written.

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Chamber Four

Below average
on Jul 28 2011

...he milks his material for more entertainment value than many mystery writers could have.

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Sun Sentinel

on Jul 31 2011

Hart has proven to be an inspired storyteller. With "Iron House," he surpasses his own fine work to deliver a terrifying yet emotional story.

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Code 451

on Jan 06 2013

Written with the emotion we have come to expect from Hart, this novel combines a classic love story, a wonderfully designed plot, and action galore. Throw in a twist...and you have a wonderful work of fiction.

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