If Atticus Finch of "To Kill a Mockingbird" had an earlier life, the reader of John Hart's novel "The King of Lies" could picture Atticus as the young Jackson "Work" Perkins.
There are many similarities between the two works. The setting of Hart's novel is North Carolina instead of Harper Lee's Alabama. Both stories take place in small towns and the main character is an idealistic attorney, standing tall, against overwhelming odds.
In "The King of Lies" it's Works younger sister who he feels that he must protect, instead of Atticus' daughter.
Hart tells a story that becomes more compelling as the plot unfolds and the author has a wonderful way of keeping the reader in suspense until the end of his story.
Work's father has disappeared and it's only until fifteen months later that his body is found...who is the murderer? Work tries to sort things out but when the eyes of the law turn to him and he is arrested, the genius of Hart's story comes to pass.
Can't wait for the movie!