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)
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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I'm always looking for a new author offering a new and interesting series. I like detective stories and crime solving novels with interesting characters and an appropriate amount of complexity and plot twists.
I read all of the (very mixed) reviews for this book and became curious how so many reviewers could differ so broadly? Could Scott Brick really have done that bad a job? Was this really a new and interesting author with intriguing main characters? Was the story line truly confusing and hard to follow? Here are my thoughts regarding those questions.
The author does seem very promising. I liked the main character and his partner. (They are Cleveland ex-cops who are now private detectives.) The story line had the necessary complexities but wasn't overwhelmingly confusing. It's a fairly large cast and it's not easy to know who are the bad guys vs the good guys. But if you pay attention it will all become clear in the end. The ending, while not a total surprise, wasn't easy to see coming. My only quibble with the author is that the story managed to wrap all the loose ends up quite quickly and a little too easily. All in all, a good story and promising beginning to a series.
Now, on to Scott Brick. I have long been a fan of this talented narrator. But this is the 2nd book I've listened to where I thought he periodically sounded like a Victorian maiden having an attack of the vapors. Some of the character interactions came off as implausible (at the least) and downright melodramatic (at the worst). I couldn't tell how much Brick's narration contributed to that reaction on my part or whether it was the writing. And having finished the book and reflected on it, I still don't know.
If the next books in this series had a different narrator, I would download them immediately. Given that Brick is the narrator for all of them released so far, I'm emphatically on the fence.
Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta was not a bad first effort for the author. I really enjoyed the story. Koryta is good at descriptive writing without over-describing so that just enough is left to the listener's imagination, and the character development was adequate for a novel of this type. This book could be classed as a mystery, a detective novel, or a thriller depending on how you want to look at it.
I won't go into too much detail about the plot, but essentially, it begins as a missing persons case and moves into a mystery that culminates in a mob thriller ending. It moved at a good pace, so I wasn't bored with it at any point, and I was surprised by some of the developments.
Scott Brick is a good narrator for this type of audiobook. He has the voice of the hard-boiled detective down pat, and he has a good cadence. I listened to him at a speed of 1x, which says a lot for his vocal quality. For novels, if I don't like the narrator, or if the story becomes boring in parts, I will use the speed button to get through the book faster. I didn't do that here because Brick has a relaxed, calming voice that I enjoyed listening to. He's not the best at differentiating the character voices, but he was adequate.
The reasons for the two-star deduction are the language and the sex scene. The language is mild, but it was scattered throughout the book and it became an unwelcome distraction from the novel. The sex scene was short and it's easy to skip through because, as usual, it had nothing to do with the story.
Overall, the storyline is great, the narration is good, and if you want to survive the language and the sex scene (or skip through it as I did), you will enjoy this book if you like mysteries, thrillers, or detective novels.
Ok so these guys aren't for me (at ALL) but I'm posting to say thank you to whoever suggested listening to Scott Brick at 1.25 speed! Genius!
I haven't read the print version of this audio book.
I like the relationship of the two partners. They have good chemistry. I also like the Russian gangsters - I love Russian gangsters!
I didn't like his narration when I first heard him read a novel by Clive Cussler. But he has really won me over. Now I think his voice is perfect for this type of novel-confident, crisp, with no flourishes. This works great for "tough guy" novels. He is also great at Russian accents-not overdone-that serves him well here.
No. It wasn't that kind of novel.
This book was "pretty good". It held no surprises and I always knew more than the protagonists did, and that always annoys me. The characters were well written though. I especially like the two partner detectives at the center of the story. I like their dynamic. I also like that the reporter is not the stereotypical soulless scandal monger, but a friend and ally. I think given time - and not so predictable next time please - Koryta could be on my list of must read crime novels. I will read another.
The story is gripping and just unpredictable. you feel like you are in there with them.
This is such a well written book that every character fits perfectly withing the story. A good mixture of suspense and humor and everyone fits precisely within the plot.
Everything. He is a real professional
Not much sadness but plenty of wiese-guy sense of humor
Just a great work af art
The book had a good story line but was confusing in areas and hard to follow in others..
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This is the first book of Michael Kortya that I have read. I enjoyed the mystery and did finish listening in two days.
A mother and child run because of "fear." But just who actually caused the fear that made the mother run? Her husband Weston lies dead on the living room floor and she has to gather their daughter and disappear.
Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard are hired by the father, to find the killer of his son, Weston, and to find his missing daughter-in-law and six year-old granddaughter. He can only hope that they will be found alive.
Lincoln Perry will have to make a decision due to what was written, "Tonight I Said Goodbye."
Scott Brick does great as the narrator. The moods, emotions and voices are definitely distinguishable. The story keeps you guessing and was filled with action and suspense. You won't make a mistake if you purchase this book.
This is a PI team not to be passed up. Lincoln and Joe are a great blend of humor and humanity. Joe the calm well spoken of the two, and Lincoln dives in to trouble without a second thought of putting his life on the line. It starts out as a murder/suicide, perhaps a kidnapping involved with clues unfolding and danger getting deeper throughout, with suspenseful action and surprises til the ending. The characters of Lincoln, Joe and Amy grow on you, making you glad this is only the first of the series.
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