If you'll allow a moment of personal pride, Julio's cousin, John Hart,
Jr., is about to publish his first book, The King of Lies
(it comes out on
Tuesday), and so far the reviews have been incredibly positive and
exciting. Pat Conroy said âThe King of Lies moves and reads like a book on
fireâ¦an amazing new talent.â The others we've seen are just as
Publisher's Weekly says âHart's stunning debut, an exceptionally deep and
complex mystery thriller, compares favorably to the best of Scott Turowâ¦ Few
readers will be able to resist devouring this tour-de-force in one or two
sittingsâor clamoring for more John Hart.â
And the Library Journal says this: âThis powerful debut literary
thrillerâ¦builds momentum like a runaway trainâ¦The writing is beautiful and
the story is gripping, but it is the character study of a damaged Southern
lawyer that puts this debut novel on the must-read list.â
To say you're proud of a guy who has hit one out of the park like his first
time out would be wildly understating things. Seeing your cousin, who
you've known since he was a boy, grow into this sort of a writer is beyond
pride. It's thrilling, it's amazing, it's wondrous.
Anyway, we're obviously going to recommend it. Read it now and get
ready for the movie. Based on the buzz it's getting, we're guessing that's
the next logical step.
Congratulations, big guy! You're the man!!