An old man is dying.
When the old man is dead they will come for him.
And they will come for her, to make him hurt.
He would go to Hell
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.
To keep her safe…
For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy. . . .
Go to Hell, and come back burning….
The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he’s laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House.
"If you crave thrillers that are VIVIDLY BEAUTIFUL, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart.”
- Patricia Cornwell
“Lean, hard and absolutely riveting, Iron House, is a TOUR DE FORCE. With his BEST BOOK YET, John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers.”
- Vince Flynn
“It isn’t as if Hart’s career needed jump-starting. His first three stand-alone thrillers have been greeted by an ever-growing crescendo of praise, including two Edgar Awards. Definitely not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And yet, Iron House lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence...AN UNFORGETTABLE NOVEL FROM A MASTER OF POPULAR FICTION.”
- Bill Ott, Booklist
"This rich, impressive contemporary thriller from two-time Edgar-winner Hart (The Last Child) focuses on two brothers, Michael and Julian, both raised and abused at the Iron House of the title, an orphanage in the mountains of North Carolina.... Hart DEFTLY INTERWEAVES A COMPLEX FAMILY HISTORY story with Stevan's intense, bloody QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.... [The book's] powerful themes and its beautiful prose will delight Hart's fans--and should earn him many new ones."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)