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)
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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