Redemption Road by John Hart

Hart, a best-selling novelist with experience as a defense attorney, won the Edgar Awardredemption-road twice.  He was born in Durham and is a graduate of Davidson, although he has now moved to the Charlottesville, Virginia area.  Redemption Road is his first novel in five years.

Readers remember Hart’s novels for action and also for in-depth characterization and for Southern settings, this one in an unnamed North Carolina town.

As the page-turner begins, fourteen-year-old Gideon Strange prepares to shoot the man who killed his mother.  Cop Elizabeth Black faces accusations of unwarranted use of force for fatally shooting two rapists during the rescue of a teenage girl.  Former cop Adrian Wall will soon leave prison after serving thirteen years for second-degree murder.  As these and other characters interact, the plot becomes more complex, and the book becomes harder and harder to put down!

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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