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Tonight I Said Goodbye | [Michael Koryta]

Tonight I Said Goodbye

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    C. Oneal California 07-13-14
    C. Oneal California 07-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "The narrator was so bad I almost returned the book"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12
    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "ponderous"

    couldn't finish it. didn't care about these characters. I may give it another try in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 01-17-13
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.

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    "So So"
    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


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

    He definitely shows promise


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The only thing Scott Brick should narrate is eulogies. Enough said


    Do you think Tonight I Said Goodbye needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure, the characters are interesting and fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a different narrator

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Amherstview, ON, Canada 01-08-13
    Jan Amherstview, ON, Canada 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Scott Brick?

    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"


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

    Boring voice, sounded tired and old.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-30-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A Good Start"

    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.

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    Judi Bedford 03-10-14
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    "Tried, but gave up after a couple hours."
    What disappointed you about Tonight I Said Goodbye?

    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.


    What could Michael Koryta have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like a first attempt an a book by a new writer. I won't be getting any more from this series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-25-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-25-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Great First Effort"

    A crime fiction series based in Cleveland? Here it is...the first book in a series based on two former Cleveland cops, relatively new in the PI business. One young, one old. It was a fast well written story. I liked the setting and the characters. The age-related gaffe: the way Kortya depicts the mother-daughter relationship--at 21 he knows girls--the relationship between mother and daughter is intense but pretty shallow. All in all, a professional first novel effort. I'll go on to read others in the series.

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    Luis D. 01-04-15
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    Loved it. I'm a Connelly's fan and by far this book is as good as any from Connelly's. Can't wait to listen the rest of the series.

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    very exciting but I had to wait until the middle of the book. It was worth the wait.

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    Kelley Wilmington, NC, United States 09-23-14
    Kelley Wilmington, NC, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "At Last! A New Series in My Favorite Genre"
    If you could sum up Tonight I Said Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling. Twisted. Exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tonight I Said Goodbye?

    There were several and most of them revolved around the plot twists and character surprises.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now on my second book in the Lincoln Perry Series and am still loving this writer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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