Iron House by John Hart

From the moment I picked this book up, I did not want to put it down and that is very rare for me to say.  Hart’s new novel is a hard driving thriller from beginning to end.

Michael has come a long way since the Iron House School for Boys.  He has found the love of his life in Elena but getting out of the organized crime business may be harder than he first thought.  Michael also has to consider his brother Julian’s future which is being threatened by the bullies of the past.  Always Julian’s protector, Michael has to ensure his safely, as well as Elena’s, while constantly looking over his shoulder for the next person that may want to put a bullet in his head.  He has to find a way to keep those he loves safe and find a way to a future he may be denied because of a past that won’t let him forget.

The fast paced and edge of seat action keeps this story rolling.  It is not your formatted guy turns good and leaves mob story.  Hart breathes a depth and feeling into his characters that will have the reader cheering and cringing at the same time.  Graphic violence and torture scenes make this an adult read that pulls no punches for those that like the ‘in your face’ kind of novel.

I loved this book.  It is the first John Hart book I have read and it will not be the last.