Iron House by John Hart
Thorndike Press, 2011. 653 pages.
Found on the Large Print shelves at HART
Plot Summary (from Fantastic Fiction) : Two brothers must confront their past, one a mafia hitman, the other a budding senator, which has set them on very different paths,
There was nothing but time at the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, time for two orphans to learn that life is neither painless nor won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is both feared and fiercely protective. When an older boy is brutally killed, Michael makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect his brother: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.
For two decades, Michael thrives on the streets of New York, eventually clawing his way to a world of wealth, fear and respect. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets a woman who knows nothing of his past or sins. He wants a fresh start with Elena, the chance to build a family of his own.
But a life in organized crime is not so easily abandoned. With a price on his head and everyone he loves at risk, Michael spirits Elena back to North Carolina, to the brother he’d lost and a thicket of intrigue more dense than he could possibly imagine. In a tour de force narrative of violence, hope and redemption, the brothers must return to the Iron House of their childhood, to the place that almost broke them, the place it all began.
Review : The story is built around children living a Lord of the Flies existence, schizophrenia, familial relationships, dirty politics, and revenge. Hart has the skill to create multifaceted characters and weave them into multiple plotlines, creating a spellbinding story that is impossible to put down or to forget. It is a thriller with a plot that will keep you guessing until the last moment.
Reviewed by : Carolyn