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)
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.
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.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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.
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