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)
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.
This was my first Koryta. Very good mystery and interesting characters. I listened to this every chance I could. I have given 5 stars to lesser books. Definitely spending a credit for the next in series. Scott Brick was excellent in his performance. I read some reviews of others that don't like him but that's a personal preference and they are a minority. Brick is one of the best narrators at Audible.
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.
And Buffalo George
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.
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.
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