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)
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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.
Truly enjoyed this. Koryta is a new author to me, will be a fan forever.. Scott Brick is so soothing when he doing his thing. On to the next Koryta book!
No, 2nd time already.
The final confrontation in the cabin.
Great flow and emotion. Better than my imagination could come up with.
Same problem I see in several other books in this genre'. ANY person who knows handguns knows that Glocks don't have safeties. None of them ever. Yet the hero "clicks off the safety" on his Glock. That is why they quit using them in police departments. Too many accidental shootings. (mostly self inflicted wounds to the officer's leg). Its proof the only action the author has seen is in the movies. He might as well have given a phone number starting with 555 prefix like in T.V. shows. Ruins the whole book for me. For God's sake. If you are going to write "shootem up stories", do your research.
I would have given the story less exposition and more active scenes.
Just mundane stuff.
I would have given Scott Brick a little more energy and pace.
I listen to a lot of mysteries and thrillers and legal books and action books and this book was excellent from beginning to end and I highly recommend it! Entertaining from beginning to end. Spend a credit or the cash if you get the deal; this was the last day (4.95) for Scott Brick narrations. Either way it's a really good mystery thriller!
Some reviews say this was amateur but I thought it was amazing for someone who was only 21 when he wrote it. It kept my interest and had a surprise ending. I love Lincoln Perry and am moving on to book 2. Just an FYI I am a big fan of Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch.
this started iffy, but ended on a good note. I want sure about it because of the way it started but I ended up liking it
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