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)
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I really liked this book and the author held my interest throughout. It wasn't too difficult to figure out where the story was going, although I thought the major revelation near the book's conclusion was unnecessary and probably detracted from the story more than it brought things together. As usual, Scott Brick did a great job with the narration. It probably doesn't hurt to have someone of his calibre narrate your first major work. I'll listen to another offering by Koryta.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Good story, well written but I wasn't on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens. Reader was fine - able to tell one character from another, but wasn't really special. This is the first of Koryta's Lincoln Perry books that I have read, and it's not quite as riveting as I found The Cypress House and The Ridge (my very favorite). I'll give LP another look - perhaps in subsequent books the character development is better than this one.
Totally addicted to Audible.
My first book by this author and it was a good one. Ok - there were problems with the story and I figured out the bad guy. But it was entertaining and no one could have read it better than Scott Brick.
I got this book because it was a first in series and on sale. I loved it. I could not stop listening to it. I had earphones on and had it going while I was working, as I went to sleep, etc. You get the idea. I will add the others to listen to. I am a great fan of Scott Brick and really enjoy his presentations. I usually search for new books with him as narrator. Thanks to Michael for allowing Scott to do the job.
Scott Brick can be brilliant, but sometimes he becomes the William Shatner of audio--over-emoting all over the place. I'm afraid this is one is a Shatner. The story is compelling, and maybe the repartee between the two PIs is enjoyable, but Brick does not make it so. In addition, everyone in the story speaks in Brick's idosyncratic cadence, which gets old. The story gets a four, but the reading gets a two.
This is a really good listen. I've never listened Michael Koryta before but I certainly will finish this series. His style is reminiscent of Gregg Hurwitz. A little predictable at times but enough curves to keep the listener guessing.
This is very clearly written and concise. Well developed timeline, no jumping around. Good plot with just enough to keep you guessing about the outcome.
Are you kidding? Scott Brick doesn't know how to narrate a book wrong!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If anything it was too short. I didn't want it to end. I am glad I finally have Koryta a try and will look for more books that he's written.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
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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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.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
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...
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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