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Down River

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Five years ago, Adam Chase was acquitted of the murder of a local teenager — only to be shunned by everyone in his rural North Carolina town. So he split for an anonymous life in New York City. But when a friend’s urgent phone call lures him back home, Adam quickly finds himself at the center of another bloody mess. In Down River, John Hart’s second whodunnit after 2006’s The King of Lies, Hart paints a vivid picture of the kind of farm country where men communicate in punches and everyone has a dirty little secret. If only his style were a few degrees less ham-fisted. B