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The Silent Hour: A Lincoln Perry Mystery | [Michael Koryta]

The Silent Hour: A Lincoln Perry Mystery

Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited but also kept off the market, with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town, the home remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.
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Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited but also kept off the market, with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town, the home remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.

While the couple's abrupt exit was unique, it was also not regarded as criminal until the bones of Alexandra's husband were found more than a decade later. Private investigator Lincoln Perry has mixed feelings when an ex-con hires him to find Alexandra. It is a task that will challenge both Perry's abilities as a detective and his commitment to that calling.

©2009 Michael Koryta; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature Cleveland, Ohio, PI Lincoln Perry." (Publishers Weekly)
"Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense." (Booklist)

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    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 06-17-10
    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Scott Brick cost this one a star."

    This is my second Koryta novel. Both are good. I see why Michael Connelly recommends him. That said, I liked the one from my eReader a lot better because Scott Brick is getting a bad case of DickHillitis. I can't/won't listen to Dick Hill anymore and am close to cutting off Scott Brick. Every word they deliver is with the utmost gravity. This is the very definition of over-acting. Michael, PLEASE get a new narrator. Scott was good. He needs to dial it back. Send him to study under George Guidall for a while maybe.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-13-11
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2007

    Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights

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    "I'm Out of This!"

    That seemed to be a constant statement of Lincoln Perry in this novel. Not too far into the book I wanted to be out of it too! Perry is hired by an ex-con to find the con's previous employer. This client told Perry a story about his close, meaningful, platonic friendship with the wife, and how much she had helped him. Then, one day, she and her husband just disappeared off of the face of the earth. He wanted to know, once and for all, what happened to her.

    Perry doesn't want to take the case, but reluctantly agrees to make a few quick inquiries because this convicted murderer seems to have been rehabilitated, and seems sincere. One thing leads to another, and every time Perry thinks he has washed his hands of this case, something else comes along and he reluctantly agrees to stay involved in solving the mystery of the disappearance of this couple. The annoying part of this story is that Perry complains about his involvement all the way through the book. I'm not talking about once or twice. I'm talking about what seemed to be about every 30 minutes in the story! It drove me nuts! If Koryta wanted Perry to be effective in his role as a detective, let the man be a detective, and stop complaining about it! I think Koryta made a huge error in his development of the story and Perry's lack of interest in this case. It brought me to the point that I lost interest in the mystery, and just wanted it to be over with, right along with Perry.

    Aside from that, I chose this book because it was Koryta's most recent book, and I erroneously presumed that after four books, this fledgling novelist would have been able to grow and develop his writing skills. I was extremely disappointed in the writing in this book, and I found Koryta to be one of the worst authors I have discovered on Audible. I really only finished the book because I hate to waste credits, and I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.

    Save your credit on this one, and use it for a really good book!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 06-29-11
    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Started out well but mid way I lost interest"

    And really didn't care about the ending but continued to the end. Very disappointing. Scott Brick emoted way too much for me. I have listened to him before and he was great, but in this book he sounded like the GEICO pitchman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WACO, TX, United States 05-18-11
    Mary WACO, TX, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story - Awful narrator"

    Story line was good. Narrator was so unbelievably bad it was a chore to start listening each time I turned it on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-10-11
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-10-11 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "Strange Mystery"

    This story was a little strange--but it kept my interest. Many writers use too much filler, descriptions, unnecessary stuff--but Koryta was pretty much to the point. This was an involved mystery with a "backstory" that was eventually revealed. While interesting, it was basically unbelievable. However, I am planning to read more of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patch Emporia, Ks, United States 08-04-12
    Patch Emporia, Ks, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "No more Scott Brick!!"
    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Scott Brick?

    Would try another Michael Koryta if it had another reader


    What was most disappointing about Michael Koryta’s story?

    The reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    The drawn out drama of Scott Brick's reading interrupted the flow of the story.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FrequentOnLineShopper Greenwood, SC, United States 06-08-14
    FrequentOnLineShopper Greenwood, SC, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Angry"
    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes. Based on another book I read by Koryta, I would give it a try. Brick is still one of my favorite readers.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Koryta’s story?

    The beginning, the middle and the end.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    The tone was angry. But, I feel Koryta had to approve the way Brick presented the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, irritation at Perry's inability to move past someone's history and focus on the present. I got tired of hearing him complain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 05-07-13
    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Can Scott Brick be any more dramatic?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a Scott Brick fan, but for whatever reason -- the over dramatic style of his ready was awful! I have been enjoyed the Michael Koryta Lincoln Perry mystery; but I had to stop the audio book mid-way due to the narration....


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I agree with the other reviewers when they said that Scott Brick distracted from the story... maybe someday I'll return to the book... right now, I'm Scott Bricked out!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Amandergist Afghanistan 12-29-12
    Clyde Amandergist Afghanistan 12-29-12 Member Since 2003

    Clyde

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    Any additional comments?

    Michael Koryta is a gifted writer, probably in the top three writing in this genre today. The story was entertaining and usually engrossing, with only a few flat spots. As I often find, certain narrators are well matched for the book and Scott Brick does a masterful job setting the mood and defining the characters through his interpretation and delivery.

    This is my second Koryta book and neither has disappointed. This was a credit well spent.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat United States 12-18-12
    Pat United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Need to hear more of this series!"

    Hope the aurhor does more in this series. I enjoyed it very much and love to hear Scott read the adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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