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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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    Julio 07-09-14
    Julio 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply amazing. you can't put it down."
    What made the experience of listening to Tonight I Said Goodbye the most enjoyable?

    The story is gripping and just unpredictable. you feel like you are in there with them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is a real professional


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not much sadness but plenty of wiese-guy sense of humor


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great work af art

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LJM Tewksbury, MA United States 06-30-14
    LJM Tewksbury, MA United States 06-30-14
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    "Descent story but..."
    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Scott Brick?

    Maybe


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book had a good story line but was confusing in areas and hard to follow in others..


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-14-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-14-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Mystery Remembered"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 03-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this PI team"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 09-10-12
    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great ending though I suspected it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yeah it was a fun read. It was not as good as some but the ending was great.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the resort with the Russians when LP jumped from the balcony.


    Was Tonight I Said Goodbye worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Ronna 09-10-13
    Ronna 09-10-13
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    "Murder or suicide?"

    The phrase "tonight I said goodbye" is found in a little girl's diary, but the little girl and her mother are missing when her father is found murdered in their home. Police rule it a suicide, and suspect the man has murdered his wife and daughter and hid their bodies somewhere before he shot himself. The little girls grandfather is adamant that his son was murdered, so he hires PIs Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard to prove this, and to find his daughter in law and granddaughter---dead or alive.

    The dead man was a PI himself, and Perry and Pritchard discover that he was working for a very powerful man, with connections to the Russian mob. The more they discover, the desperate and deadlier the results become. When they stumble upon the wife and daughter hiding out in another state, things become dangerous for everyone.

    With this first book in the Perry and Pritchard series, we learn a lot about the background of these characters while they pursue and are pursued. The mystery is fast passed, with the addition of a child and mother that adds an additional element of suspense. Looking forward to reading more from this young talented author. Thankfully, there are a number waiting out there to be read already.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "A by-the-numbers crime novel"

    A fun listen. The main characters have a great partnership which is central to the book. There were some funny lines in it that made me laugh out loud. I would listen to more books by Koryta and think that this series has very good potential.

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    Kitty Reno, NV 03-31-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 03-31-14 Member Since 2015

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!

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    "A good beginning to the series"

    I liked this book and the narrator did an excellent job. I think that Scott Brick always delivers good narration. I will buy the next installment in this series.

    I buy these books to be entertained. This did the job...

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    PAR-TEE 03-30-14
    PAR-TEE 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    Enjoy the book. good mystery with a twist. narration is a little off the pace, to dragged out. Bogged down!!! ...but an enjoyable read!!!

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    Kindle Customer Ashburnham, MA, United States 03-13-14
    Kindle Customer Ashburnham, MA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    First, I think Scott Brick is the best narrator of all.
    Second, the story kept me riveted all the way through. And the ending ---- wow!

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