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Envy the Night | [Michael Koryta]

Envy the Night

It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

In this first stand-alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award-finalist, Michael Koryta fulfills his early promise with a dark and mature novel of a young man trying to escape his past.

It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong. After all, the victims hadn't been innocents. And Devin Matteson, the man who'd lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is probably the darkest of the lot.

Those are troubling thoughts, and Frank tries to stay away from them. But when an old family friend calls to say that Matteson is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it's a homecoming Frank knows he can't allow.

His arrival in town reveals a situation far from the expected, though. While Matteson is nowhere to be found, his old cabin is indeed occupied - by a strange, beautiful woman and a nervous man with a gun. When a pair of assassins from Miami arrive on their heels, Frank knows Matteson can't be far behind. And while the wise move would be to call in the police and get out of town fast, that just doesn't feel right. After all, contract killer or not, Frank's father was at heart a teacher. And his son excelled at the lessons.

Family secrets, mob hit-men, and a father's shadowy legacy combine to make this Koryta's most compelling thriller yet.

©2009 Michael Koryta; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Mystery/Thriller, 2008

"Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple." (Michael Connelly)
"This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-27-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "ENTRTAINING BUT LACKING SOMETHING"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    IT WAS NOT WASTED. AND I LIKED THE ENDING. IT WAS NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES THO.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Koryta? Why or why not?

    SURE IF I LIKED WHAT THE STORY WAS ABOUT.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    ESRA. HE DID A GREAT JOB WITH HIS VOICE. HE SOUNDED KIND OF SPOOKY. I LIKED FRANK AND JERRY TOO.


    Do you think Envy the Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NOT FOR ME. BUT I CAN SEE SOME PEOPLE MITE LOVE A FOLLOWUP.


    Any additional comments?

    IF YOU LIKE ACTION IF THIS WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE YOU WOULD LIKE IT VERY MUCH.

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    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 08-09-11
    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 08-09-11

    I'm That Guy

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    I just started listening to Koryta stories over the past few months. This by far is my least favorite. Not his best story, maybe a 3.5 out of 5. The odd and often annoying style of the narrator is what brought my rating down. Dissapointed, but not by any means giving up on Koryta. I think he would be well advised to stick with Robert Petkoff reading his books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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