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. Mom 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.
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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 can't give a proper rating to the story itself, since I didn't finish it, but I can say that it wasn't interesting enough to make me want to suffer through the narration. I usually avoid books narrated by Scott Brick (which isn't easy since so many of them are) but I love Michael Koryta and had already listened to everything here that wasn't narrated by Mr. Brick. I thought I could get past the narration if the story was good. Unfortunately, with an audiobook the narration is just as important as the story and I just wasn't enjoying this at all. If you are one of the many that like Scott Brick, and you think things like the Russian Mafia are interesting, you will probably enjoy it. I do recommend any of the Koryta books read by Robert Petkoff.
The narrator sounded tired and old. It was somewhat depressing. The story was good however but I felt the "twist" at the end came out of nowhere and left me thinking "what did I miss"
Boring voice, sounded tired and old.
Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
Yes to the author and NO to the narrator! A little bit of an amateur but the author has promise. The narration on the other hand is terrible. The book would have been much better with a different narrator.
He definitely shows promise
The only thing Scott Brick should narrate is eulogies. Enough said
Sure, the characters are interesting and fun.
Get a different narrator
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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