This is the remarkable debut mystery from the winner of the 2003 St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Prize for Best First Private Eye Novel.
Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports. There are rumors of gambling debts and extortion, and a group of Russians with ties to organized crime who don’t appreciate being investigated—a point they make clear with baseball bats.
With some assistance from newspaper reporter Amy Ambrose, Perry and Pritchard believe they are making swift progress. But then they are warned off the investigation by a millionaire real estate tycoon and the FBI. Just when they feel they are closing in on a possible source of answers, another murder forces them to change direction in the case.
©2004 Michael Koryta (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A terrific, first-class debut full of suspense, tension, tricks, and charm. If you like Spenser and Hawk, or Elvis and Joe, or Myron and Win, you’re going to love this.” (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author)
“An incredibly fresh private-investigator novel...Koryta...emerges fully formed in his first effort.” (Chicago Tribune)
“This riveting detective novel should delight fans looking for new talent.” (Publishers Weekly)
Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
Yes to the author and NO to the narrator! A little bit of an amateur but the author has promise. The narration on the other hand is terrible. The book would have been much better with a different narrator.
He definitely shows promise
The only thing Scott Brick should narrate is eulogies. Enough said
Sure, the characters are interesting and fun.
Get a different narrator
The narrator sounded tired and old. It was somewhat depressing. The story was good however but I felt the "twist" at the end came out of nowhere and left me thinking "what did I miss"
Boring voice, sounded tired and old.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This who done it was paced very well which helped me to get to know the main characters personalities as the mystery unfolded. What started out as one investigation ended up turning into many different ones that kept our investigators twisting and turning.
There was a little bit of everything: the mob, police corruption, murder, a damsel in distress and a child that pulls on the heart strings. Perry and Pritchard, the main detectives make a good pairing and the narration was done just right for these two fairly rugged men.
After listening to some really good books, this one seemed inane. These two ex-cop private eyes talk about how great they are but seemed like a couple of clowns to me. They start the case by playing basketball from their desks with wads of paper into the wastebasket. They think they're funny but they're not. For smart-ass or funny, the dialog doesn't compare to an author like Janet Evanovich or Harlan Coben. The story doesn't compare to Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, or Jo Nesbo.
Smarter more savvy characters. Develop the story faster. I listened for a couple hours and still had no problem abandoning the book and never finishing it, which is rare for me. I started one by Greg Isles and was engaged in the first few minutes.
Seems like a first attempt an a book by a new writer. I won't be getting any more from this series.
Compelling. Twisted. Exciting.
There were several and most of them revolved around the plot twists and character surprises.
I am now on my second book in the Lincoln Perry Series and am still loving this writer!
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
Have not read the print version.
No, not really. It was a pleasant read, but even the unexpected plot twist just was a bit "Oh, unexpected plot twist. Cool."
Talked a bit quicker. I had to put the speed up because it seemed like he was talking so slow.
No. It was a pleasant read, but not a story that particularly got me involved/invested.
The character development was excellent. I was engaged from the start. Many twists and turns in the story, but not enough to make me scream with frustration. The ending was a big surprise that I never even considered.
He brought the characters to life. Excellent ability to change his voice for different characters and was very consistent. Very well done.
I totally enjoy the laid back style and character interpretation that Scott Brick delivers. I don't understand the negative comments. Scott totally becomes the characters and this one had me hooked from the beginning
There were a couple of good ones, but no spoilers, so I'll keep them to myself.
Koryta is my new favorite author. I love this genre and he delivers.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
I'm always looking for a new author offering a new and interesting series. I like detective stories and crime solving novels with interesting characters and an appropriate amount of complexity and plot twists.
I read all of the (very mixed) reviews for this book and became curious how so many reviewers could differ so broadly? Could Scott Brick really have done that bad a job? Was this really a new and interesting author with intriguing main characters? Was the story line truly confusing and hard to follow? Here are my thoughts regarding those questions.
The author does seem very promising. I liked the main character and his partner. (They are Cleveland ex-cops who are now private detectives.) The story line had the necessary complexities but wasn't overwhelmingly confusing. It's a fairly large cast and it's not easy to know who are the bad guys vs the good guys. But if you pay attention it will all become clear in the end. The ending, while not a total surprise, wasn't easy to see coming. My only quibble with the author is that the story managed to wrap all the loose ends up quite quickly and a little too easily. All in all, a good story and promising beginning to a series.
Now, on to Scott Brick. I have long been a fan of this talented narrator. But this is the 2nd book I've listened to where I thought he periodically sounded like a Victorian maiden having an attack of the vapors. Some of the character interactions came off as implausible (at the least) and downright melodramatic (at the worst). I couldn't tell how much Brick's narration contributed to that reaction on my part or whether it was the writing. And having finished the book and reflected on it, I still don't know.
If the next books in this series had a different narrator, I would download them immediately. Given that Brick is the narrator for all of them released so far, I'm emphatically on the fence.
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