Publication Date: 31/03/2022 ISBN: 9781838775919 Category:

The Unwilling

John Hart

Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 31/03/2022 ISBN: 9781838775919 Category:
Paperback / Softback




‘One of today’s finest thriller writers’ – DAILY MAIL

From the award-winning modern master of US crime fiction comes a thriller about revenge, justice, family – and a quest for the truth in the face of evil. With one of the most unforgettable villains of the year, The Unwilling is the perfect read for fans of The Dry by Jane Harper and We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker.


After a tour of Vietnam and a three-year stint in prison, Jason is back in town and wants to rebuild his relationship with Gibby, the younger brother he hasn’t seen for years. Determined to make that connection, he coaxes Gibby into a day at the lake: long hours of sunshine and whisky and older women.

But when the four of them encounter a prison transfer bus on a stretch of empty road, one of the women taunts the prisoners, causing a riot on the bus.

Soon after, Tyra is savagely murdered.

Given his violent history, suspicion turns first to Jason. Determined to prove his older brother’s innocence, Gibby must avoid the police and dive deep into his brother’s hidden life, a journey that takes him into the darkest corners of the community.

What he discovers is a truth more disturbing than he could have imagined: not just the identity of the killer and the reasons for Tyra’s murder, but the forces that shaped his brother in Vietnam, the reason he was framed – and why the most dangerous man alive wants him back in prison.

Set in the American South, The Unwilling combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart’s singular style.


‘A master storyteller’ – HARLAN COBEN

‘A clever mystery’ – SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘Read this novel’ – DAVID BALDACCI, author of ONE GOOD DEED

‘If you crave thrillers that are vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart’ – PATRICIA CORNWELL, author of THE SCARPETTA SERIES

‘Whenever I thought that I had unravelled the plot, another twist left me flummoxed’ – GUARDIAN

‘John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers’ – VINCE FLYNN, author of TOTAL POWER

‘A Chandleresque thriller’ – SUNDAY TIMES

‘Raw, tender, brutal, and exquisite’ – C.J. BOX, author of DARK SKY

‘Crime fiction at its absolute best’ – MARK GREANEY, author of RELENTLESS

‘Explores betrayal and forgiveness in indelible prose’ – OBSERVER

‘Richly complex . . . this is John Hart at his lyrical, atmospheric best’ – TAMI HOAG, author of THE BOY

‘A heart-pounding thriller’ – METRO

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