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Book Club Kits: The King of Lies

Alamance County Public Libraries offer Book Club Kits for check out to area book clubs. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and a reading guide.

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Book Summary

Jackson Workman Pickens—known to most as Work—mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they’ve endured.

And then Ezra’s body is discovered.

Set to inherit his father’s fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect. But so does Jean. Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town. Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, Work fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gave his heart so many years before.

Discussion Questions

  • Hart uses flashbacks a lot to give background on the story and the characters.  Do you think he does a good job of this?

  • Did you find any interesting passages in the story to read aloud?  Does this reveal anything about any of the characters or illuminate certain aspects of the story?

  • How effective do you think hart was in his use of plot twists and red herrings?  Who do you think was the red herring(s) of the story?  Why?

  • The setting of the story took place in modern day Rowan County, Salisbury, NC.   Do you think Hart did a good job with setting the scene?

  • Do you think he developed the characters to make them believable?  Were there any parts of the plot that seemed unbelievable?

  • Do you think Hart put enough effort in both plot and character development?  Were the characters’ motivations believable, or did their actions feel more like a means to further the plot?

  • Did you think the romantic part of the plot enhanced or detracted from the story?

  • How does point of view shape the book?

  • What themes repeat throughout the book?

  • What stood out about Hart’s writing style?