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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Heralded by the Washington Post as a "a magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies", John Hart's The Last Child is his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

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.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing . . .

Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

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Unexpected ending. Good read
June 13th, 2015
Interesting and captivating. End with a bit of a twist. Thought the detective work was light and uncomprehending. As a reader I thought of more things the detective could have done.
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December 25th, 2014
Great Mystery! It's the kind of book you just can't stop reading! Probably one of my favourite books!
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January 24th, 2014
Not normally the type of book I read but it was excellent! The whole time reading this I felt I could actually picture the characters. Twists and turns I did not expect and couldn't help but feel for the boy. This would make an excellent film. I look forward to reading another from "John Hart",
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November 9th, 2013
Just started reading this author after reading Iron House and loved this book as well. Twists and turns, emotional roller coaster and an ending I didn't see coming! Highly recommend this great read.
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May 18th, 2013
This was a very good book. I found it entertaining and one that kept my interest all the way through. Well written, descriptive with multiple characters and a plot that twisted it's way through the entire book. If you like mysteries, give this one a try.
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