Michael Koryta
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Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 11 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Edgar® Award, Shamus Award, Barry Award, Quill Award, International Thriller Writers Award, and the Golden Dagger. They've been selected as "best books of the year" by publications as diverse as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, Reader's Digest, iBooks, and Kirkus Reviews.

His recent thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead was named the summer's best thriller by both Amazon and Entertainment Weekly, and was selected as one of the year's best books by more than 10 publications. The audio version was named one of the best audio books of the year, as well, the second time that Robert Petkoff's narration of Michael's work has earned such an honor. The novel is currently being adapted as a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox.

Michael's previous work ranges from a trio of supernatural novels--So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and The Ridge, which were all named New York Times notable books of the year and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly--to stand-alone crime novels such as The Prophet (A New York Times bestseller) and Envy the Night (selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book), to a series of award-winning novels featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry--Tonight I Said Goodbye, Sorrow's Anthem, A Welcome Grave, and The Silent Hour.

Various film and television adaptations of the books are underway, with The Prophet, So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and Those Who Wish Me Dead all optioned as feature films, and the Lincoln Perry series and The Ridge being developed for television. Michael has written for the screen in both feature film and television. Oscar and Emmy winners are attached to every project.

Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator and as a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. He began working for a private investigator as an intern while in high school, turned it into his day job in the early stages of his writing career, and still maintains an interest in the firm. As a journalist, he won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Michael's first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the "writing requirement" classes required for his diploma.

Michael was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated from Bloomington North High School in 2001, and later graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. In 2008 he was honored as a "distinguished young alumni" by Indiana University, and in 2010 he was named "distinguished alumni' by the criminal justice department.

Michael's passions outside of writing and reading involve a variety of outdoor pursuits - hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are all likely to occupy his free time when he's not working on a new book. Some of his favorite spots in the world are the Beartooth Mountains, the setting of Those Who Wish Me Dead and a place to which he returns at least twice a year; the flowages of the Northwoods in Wisconsin, where he began fishing with his father as a child and still returns each fall; St. Petersburg, FL, where he lived part-time for 8 years, and southern Maine. Although he loves to travel, he stills claims his native Bloomington, Indiana as home and has a great love of the area, its diversity and culture, and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. He lives in Bloomington with his wife, Christine, a cranky cat named Marlowe, an emotionally disturbed cat named John Pryor (long story on that name), and an exceedingly athletic dog of unknown heritage named Lola. He remains on the never-ending quest for the world's best microbrew (Upland in Bloomington is a perennial contender) and the world's best coffee (currently a tie between Kahwa in St. Petersburg and the Runcible Spoon in Bloomington).

Research has always been a driving passion of Michael's approach, leading him from big-cat rescues with the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org) to wilderness survival schools and caving trips and hypnotism. He can be followed via www.michaelkoryta.com, twitter @mjkoryta, and Facebook.

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Best Sellers

    • So Cold the River

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 711
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 473

    The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad

    • By Scott Simons on 08-16-10

    Regular price: $22.80

    • How It Happened

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 345

    Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

    • By shelley on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

    • By: Christopher Golden - editor, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Smith, and others
    • Narrated by: Charles Constant, Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Best-selling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Merry Christmas

    • By JayEvan Montgomery on 12-08-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Cypress House

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 386
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 387

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book read by a great narrator!

    • By Michele on 01-28-11

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,286
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,089
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,082

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worthwhile effort

    • By Janice on 07-14-11

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,067

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 2 Creepy, Killer Brothers Make for Great Suspense

    • By Charles Atkinson on 06-13-14

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Ridge

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 473
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 404
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 408

    In an isolated stretch of Eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • For when you're itching for a spooky story...

    • By Brandilyn on 06-21-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Silent Hour

    • A Lincoln Perry Mystery
    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 238

    Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fine Book

    • By Z on 12-29-12

    Regular price: $20.76

    • A Welcome Grave

    • The Lincoln Perry Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    The third novel by award-winning mystery writer Michael Koryta featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • As always, Michael Koryta delivers.

    • By Alexsandra on 01-01-11

    Regular price: $20.76

    • The Prophet

    • By: Michael Koryta
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 241

    Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't worry Mel - Everyone did click no

    • By John on 06-13-15

    Regular price: $22.80

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