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Joe Hart Books In Order

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Publication Order of Liam Dempsey Books

The River Is Dark (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night is Deep (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Dominion Trilogy Books

The Last Girl (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Trade (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First City (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Clare Murdock Books

We Sang In The Dark (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nora McTavish Books

Where They Lie (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Come Back (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Outpost (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Edge of Life (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Line Unseen (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
And The Sea Called Her Name (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leave the Living (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exorcism of Sara May (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Midnight Paths (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Came Through (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Joe Hart is an American author born and raised in northern Minnesota. Hart primarily writes horror and thriller novels.


Maybe it’s because he was born and raised there; it seems like no matter how old he gets, Joe Hart can never shake Northern Minnesota. It is a place where he has continued to reside, and it doesn’t look like anything could coax him away.

The 91 acres of farmland that was Joe Hart’s Home was very lonely, as one might expect. Hart had a lot of time to himself, time he used to ponder the world and to indulge in his hobbies.

It is hardly surprising that he took to reading. For Joe Hart, horror is everything when it comes to his literary interests. The author began writing when he was just nine years old. Even then, he had an affinity for horror.

However, it wasn’t until he was eleven years of age that the genre really took root. Hart picked up a copy of The Shining and he was instantly hooked. Hart remembers sensing a strange wrongness about the novel that simply appealed to him. He wanted to explore it further and to possibly even reproduce it.

Sufficing to say, Hart made a point to immerse his mind in everything from Stephen King that he could find. Eventually, he began seriously writing horror. However, after a few tries, Hart thought it best to test his limits.

Rather than staying in his backyard, he thought it necessary to try his hand at writing Thriller novels. The task proved far harder than he expected. Every notable scene he wrote kept taking a turn towards the horror genre.

As hard as he tried to push his boundaries, the task of actually leaving the horror genre behind proved far more difficult. Today, readers will laud Hart for writing incredible thrillers; not many of them realize just how much of an effort it takes for Hart to add the complexity of a thriller to the natural horror bent that his stories always take.

Minnesota has always been a crucial aspect of Joe Hart’s work; while it isn’t the sort of location people think about when envisioning a thriller, according to Hart, Minnesota is far more diverse than most people realize.

Its landscape has proven to be an inspiration for Joe Hart in a number of instances.

Besides writing horror and thriller novels, Hart has also written short horror stories, the first of which saw the light of day when he was 29. Before this, Hart was experimenting with poetry.

In fact, Hart’s first poems were published at 17, this proving the diverse nature of his creative mind.

Joe Hart has always encouraged aspiring writers to love what they do; he admits that writing is actual work and, at times, it can be really hard. However, he also thinks that every good writer knows how to find the joy and elation in his or her work. As such, he has discouraged those aspiring authors for whom writing is a nightmare from pursuing the field any further.

Besides writing, Joe Hart loves watching movies. Along with spending time with his family, Hart also enjoys being outside.

+The River is Dark

There is only one thing left for Liam Dempsey to do, and that is to finally go through death’s door. To the Ex-homicide detective, his career was the only thing worth living for, the only thing he knew he could do really well.

However, even that is gone. And only suicide, or the idea of suicide and the time he spends contemplating it gives him any real solace. Things change for Liam when his brother and sister-in-law are brutally murdered.

The deed happens in their bucolic town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Liam is thrust headlong into the investigation, not only working to identify his brother’s killer but to uncover the truth behind a string of killings the likes of which he has never seen.

Joe Hart’s novel moves at a rapid pace, and you realize this from the rather grim opening scene. Liam Dempsey is an intriguing character. He is obviously damaged, but that makes him no different from every other detective character you see these days.

However, once you read further, it becomes clear that Liam has more reasons than most to be so close to the edge of suicide, his history coming to the fro even as investigates a string of murders.

Everything points to the river. Joe Hart really shines during the action; his descriptions are gory and gruesome and they just suck you into each scene. The fast moving novel is really enjoyable.

And even though the characters do not receive nearly as much attention they deserve, there is so much to love about this novel.

+The Last Girl

A pandemic overtakes the world, bringing the birth rate of female infants down from 50% to 1%. Even with the efforts of the world’s medical organizations, a solution remains elusive.

Twenty-five years later, there is an entire generation that has grown up with fewer than a thousand women. Zoey is one of a few young women living in a scientific research compound undergoing experimentation.

For twenty years she has been isolated from her family and told that the world’s population was wiped out. After years of isolation, Zoey finally escapes captivity, running out into a changed and brutal world.

Most readers agree that this book is very easy to read; that is the one thing going for Joe Hart here. You won’t have a problem breezing through this book. However, it has its detractors. For most audiences, the book doesn’t seem to separate itself from other books about horrible dystopian futures.

The protagonist, Zoey, is also no different from any other heroine in any other book about a dystopian future. That doesn’t make the book bad; rather, Joe Hart fails to distinguish it from its competitors.

That being said, Zoey is a pretty fun heroine to follow, even though the ordeals she encounters will have readers rolling their eyes. The quick pacing doesn’t give you too much time to think about some of the things Joe Hart says and the explanations he gives for the state of his world.

On the whole, almost every reader will call this book passable.

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