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)
This is a really good listen. I've never listened Michael Koryta before but I certainly will finish this series. His style is reminiscent of Gregg Hurwitz. A little predictable at times but enough curves to keep the listener guessing.
This is very clearly written and concise. Well developed timeline, no jumping around. Good plot with just enough to keep you guessing about the outcome.
Are you kidding? Scott Brick doesn't know how to narrate a book wrong!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If anything it was too short. I didn't want it to end. I am glad I finally have Koryta a try and will look for more books that he's written.
I can't give a proper rating to the story itself, since I didn't finish it, but I can say that it wasn't interesting enough to make me want to suffer through the narration. I usually avoid books narrated by Scott Brick (which isn't easy since so many of them are) but I love Michael Koryta and had already listened to everything here that wasn't narrated by Mr. Brick. I thought I could get past the narration if the story was good. Unfortunately, with an audiobook the narration is just as important as the story and I just wasn't enjoying this at all. If you are one of the many that like Scott Brick, and you think things like the Russian Mafia are interesting, you will probably enjoy it. I do recommend any of the Koryta books read by Robert Petkoff.
Koryta has a nice easy going writing style. Think Coben.
The story is not plausible. I just listened to a Harry Bosch book before this and they do not compare well. I'll give Koryta another shot. So this isn't a disaster of a book. But I also know I will not remember it 3 months from now.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The breathy of dramatic male narrator and his band of breathy characters made me gag through most of the book until the last few chapters when I actually wanted to see how it ended. The book was even written well enough for me to have bothered. I have no idea what book the reviewers were writing about but I hung in there because of the reviews and was really excited to find a great author with multiple titles. I listen to about 5 books a month so I am always searching for a great author. And then to see the same narrator narrated something else. And yes I listened to the preview but it's hard to generalize to the whole book when you listen out of context. If you get this book remember you've been warned, you'll want to scratch your eyes (or ears out) having to listen to the deep dramatic breathy pauses about putting on his socks and then tying his shoes (not a real example but it's about that mundane).
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, some contemporary 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.
I'd been looking for another great investigation duo when I stumbled upon Perry and Pritchard. It just so happens that they may be my favorite of all. Of course having Scott Brick narrating just put a cherry on top of the literary Sunday.
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This was my first Michael Koryta, and I recommend it. Strong characters with an unusual older retired cop and disgraced (fired) younger cop who are private investigators. The whodunit resolution surprised me as they trail Russian mafia and corrupt powerful corporate land grabber.
Villains are complex and satisfying. Female roles are varied and intriguing. Debut author does well isolating the characters when things pop and keeps the child victim out of the violence in logical, if slightly contrived, ways which I appreciated.
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