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Last Child, the (2009) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: The Last Child
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense

Notes:

  • Awarded the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Edition #1: The Last Child

The Last Child (2009)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "John Hart's The Last Child is a rare accomplishment—a compelling, fast-paced thriller written with a masterful, literary touch. You'll feel this story as much in your heart as in your gut." Jeffery Deaver
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Manifested in:

The Last Child (March 2010)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9780312642365
Pages: 419

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The Last Child (May 2009)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9780312359324
Pages: 373

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