Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Library Journal Interviews Mystery Novelist John Hart

The Last Child by John Hart

The Library Journal published an interview yesterday with lawyer-turned-novelist whose third thriller, The Last Child, is scheduled for publication in May.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is -- confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

When asked about the challenges of writing a book from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy, Hart replied, "Writing any kind of thriller with a child as its protagonist presents a huge challenge. Specifically, it was tough building sufficient danger and action around one so young while still making the novel work as a thriller."

Hart's most recent book,
Down River, won the 2008 for Best Novel.

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