The Unwilling: A Novel

by Hart, John (Author)

ISBN: 9781250167729

Gibby's older brothers have already been to war. One died there. The other came back misunderstood and hard, a decorated killer now freshly released from a three-year stint in prison.

Jason won't speak of the war or of his time behind bars, but he wants a relationship with the younger brother he hasn't known for years. Determined to make that connection, he coaxes Gibby into a day at the lake: long hours of sunshine and whisky and older women.

But the day turns ugly when the four encounter a prison transfer bus on a stretch of empty road. Beautiful but drunk, one of the women taunts the prisoners, leading to a riot on the bus. The woman finds it funny in the moment, but is savagely murdered soon after.

Given his violent history, suspicion turns first to Jason; but when the second woman is kidnapped, the police suspect Gibby, too. Determined to prove Jason innocent, Gibby must avoid the cops and dive deep into his brother's hidden life. What he discovers there is a truth more bleak than he could have imagined. This is crime fiction at its most raw, an exploration of family and the past, of prison and war and the indelible marks they leave. Penguin: Berkley & NAL Trade Spring 2021

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, February 2021

Product Dimensions: 9.3 L × 6.1 W × 0 H

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