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)
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This book had my attention right away. A good story, good narration and kept me interested throughout.
It was a good plot
Kept you guessing who the killer was
His voice grabs your attention
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.
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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