Adam Chase hasn’t been back home to Rowan County, North Carolina in over five years. After being tried for a murder and found not guilty, he left his hometown and moved to New York City to start over. Just when he thought he had left his past behind, Adam receives a mysterious phone call from his closest friend asking him to come back home and help him with a situation he refuses to expound upon. Adam finally makes the journey home after spending weeks trying to decide if he could ever face the demons he left behind. Within hours of returning, Adam is beaten up and is forced to confront family and friends he hasn’t spoken to since he moved away. To make things worse, crimes begin happening on his family farm and many citizens of the county immediately turn to Adam as the prime suspect.
Down River is the story of a sleepy southern town that is definitely not lacking in excitement. This “who done it?” novel is sure to keep you guessing. John Hart, a lawyer from Rowan County where most of his novels take place, is an excellent storyteller and does a fantastic job keeping his readers in suspense as his stories unfold. If you are in the mood for an easy mystery read, Down River will not disappoint!