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)
I have listened to Brick Scott before, and I've really disliked him in other narrations, but I didn't mind him so much in this book. He's slow, but it worked okay for this one.
I think this story had a lot of greats plot twists that made it very enjoyable. I did keep track of the characters in some notes on my phone; it helps me in the beginning of the story to make sure I don't mix up characters.
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).
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.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
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, 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.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
First off, I like Scott Brick. Yes, he is deliberate in his speech and perhaps a little slow. But I generally listed at 1.5 or 1.25 speed and I think it works well for Mr. Brick. I like how well he delineates the characters -- especially Lincoln and Joe. And I like his subtlety.
As far as the author -- I think he is really quite good. At times he overwrites in this book, but that may be a symptom of his youth. Having said that he develops the plot, offers many twists, builds tension and offers a satisfying ending. What more could one ask of a mystery? For me the answer is character development. It is good, but not great. Good enough to leave me wanting more, though, and isn't that enough? I have read many novels and never went on to read more in the series or even other novels by the author involving other characters. There are many that do not leave me wanting more, and Michael Koryta does. I am writing this long after I read the book -- and I have now completed the second and third in the series. Mr Koryta did enough in book one to keep me reading. That makes it a pretty good first effort in my opinion.
Mostly dull, very standard detective story. Not recommended to discerning readers. Scott Brick doors his usually slightly-too-emotional job, but the connection to these characters is forced. I knew whodunnit from the beginning and couldn't believe the "seasoned" private eyes never considered it. Will not look for other publications by Michael Koryta.
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