Author Event: John Hart - Hush

At twenty-three, Johnny lives alone in his place in the wilderness—six thousand acres of storied swamp land and rocky terrain known as Hush Arbor. Thanks to a clause in the deed, Johnny inherited the property from the line of Isaac Freemantle, a slave freed by his ancestor, John Merrimon. When a female descendant of Isaac challenges his ownership, Johnny seeks the help of his old friend, Jack Cross, Attorney at Law. Beyond legal problems, Jack is concerned about Hush Arbor’s grip on Johnny. Jack has only an inkling of how Hush Arbor makes Johnny feel… and know. Yet, its gifts—heightened awareness, amazing healing abilities—have a dark side. Increasingly, Johnny’s sleep is disturbed by vivid, visceral nightmares, with chilling images of Hush Arbor’s notorious hanging tree and an alluring dark-skinned girl clutching a bloody knife.       

Unfolding a plot featuring a greedy billionaire hunter, grisly murders, the legacy of slavery, and formidable supernatural forces, THE HUSH keeps the tension mounting and the startling twists coming. Throughout, the troubled, intriguing, and defiant Johnny Merrimon remains firmly at the novel’s center and a compelling force.  

Author Bio:

John Hart was born in 1965 in Durham, North Carolina, where his father was studying medicine at Duke University. Moving to Salisbury at age seven, John lived a delightful small town life: hunting and fishing in the county, playing with his friends in town – staying out ‘til dark, riding bikes everywhere. From those simple times evolved John’s passion for writing big thrillers set in small communities.

John studied French at Davidson College, then earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. Multiple careers ensued. He was a banker, a stockbroker, a criminal defense attorney.  During those years, John pursued other passions as well. He sailed twice across the Atlantic Ocean, flew helicopters, lived in Alaska, England and France. He wrote two novels that never saw the light of day, and considered himself, for many years, to be the most widely unpublished author around. The quest for a writer’s life, though, never faltered.

In 2002 John quit the practice of law to try his hand at writing one last time. With two failed books he imagined a last, great effort that would lead either to success or to a final, blazing failure. The resulting novel was THE KING OF LIES. Though it took John a year to write it and three more years to see it published, the novel landed on the New York Times Bestseller list and launched John’s career, at last. Four more bestsellers followed, including DOWN RIVER, THE LAST CHILD, IRON HOUSE and REDEMPTION ROAD.  The only author in history to win the Best Novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Southern Book Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in over seventy countries. Two of John’s novels are in development as feature films, and John’s sixth book, THE HUSH, will be released to the world on February 27th, 2018.

In 2011 John purchased a farm in Keswick, Virginia, and moved his family to that fair city, where they still reside. Though North Carolina is no longer home, John maintains close ties to the state, and still sets every novel there. When asked once why he makes that choice, John replied: “When I close my eyes, it’s what I see: the people and the places, the sights and sounds and smells.” John is writing his seventh novel now, and though it takes place in the 1970s it is set, as one might imagine, in North Carolina. 

 

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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