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

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    "Good story, great characters, narration so - so..."

    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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    Think about this IL, United States 03-26-14
    Think about this IL, United States 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.

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    Wendy Ashburnham, MA, United States 03-13-14
    Wendy Ashburnham, MA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Couldn't stop listening to this."

    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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    Janels Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 03-11-14
    Janels Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Move over Coben and DeMille--this guy is great!"

    The missing wife and child, a la Harlan Coben, the humorously wisecracking detective, a la Nelson DeMille, narrated by Scott Brick--this author has it all!

    I had never heard of Michael Koryta, but I am definitely a new fan. I longed for the return of Coben's Myron Bollitar, with his witty repartee and DeMille's fabulously articulate wisecracking protagonists, but my wait is over. This book is well-written, well crafted, humorous, has a great plot, and depth of characters. It even has a "surprise" twist at the end. What more could you want?

    It takes a lot for me to put an author in the same class as Nelson DeMille, but this guy's got it. You end up really knowing the characters, and it never gets slow. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who wants mystery taken to the next level.

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    Annette Leck Joliet, IL 03-04-14
    Annette Leck Joliet, IL 03-04-14 Member Since 2006

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    Where does Tonight I Said Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Scott Brick delivers the scarabs tic humor of the character perfectly. Good story. Not too predictable


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    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 07-12-13
    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 07-12-13

    Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a

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    Would you listen to Tonight I Said Goodbye again? Why?

    Yes, but not until I do his other books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No edge of seat but interesting all the way.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott's the best.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Another book ruined by the movie


    Any additional comments?

    I'd about given up on getting a good listen. Koryta doesn't write "thrillers." Lots of people apparently need thrills. Not me. I enjoy intelligently written, plausible stories.

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    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 03-17-13
    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    This book had my attention right away. A good story, good narration and kept me interested throughout.

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    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 03-04-13
    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Tonight I Said Goodbye the most enjoyable?

    It was a good plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept you guessing who the killer was


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice grabs your attention


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    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 02-03-13
    Garry Crossville, TN, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    Excellent story, excellent narration. They don't come much better. This was my first Michael Koryta book but defiantly will not be the last. Highly recommend.

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    melrailey Georgia, United States 01-13-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Good Crime Fiction"

    I saw Michael Koryta at the Decatur Book Festival earlier this year, he made a good impression and I decided to give one of his novels a try. Best place to start is always this beginning. This is his first book and also the first book int he Lincoln Perry series. I liked it. He did a talk with Michael Connelly so I was expecting the book to be a bit like the Harry Bosch novels and it was to a point. I think these were a bit grittier and more "Dragnet" style than Harry Bosch is. I thought the mystery was really good and it had a couple of twists in it that I didn't expect it.

    Scott Brick did a decent job narrating the book. He's not my favorite narrator but he's not bad.

    If you're fan of procedural crime novels with a bit of a dark side, I recommend this series. I will definitely be reading more Koryta in the future.

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