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The Prophet


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A heart-stoppingly brilliant thriller from the internationally bestselling author Michael Koryta.

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Michael Koryta's novels have won the LA Times Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award and been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, Quill and Barry awards. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, he published his first novel at the age of twenty-one. His work has been translated into twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.Visit Michael Koryta's website at and his Facebook page at for regular updates, and follow Michael on Twitter @mjkoryta


Brothers Adam and Kent Austin have been estranged for years over the events that led to their sister's murder while they were in high school. Each, in his own way and for his own reasons, has chosen to associate with criminals in his adult life. Adam is a bail bondsman; Kent is the local high school football coach who serves as part-time spiritual counselor in a nearby prison. The murder of a teenage girl that mirrors their sister's killing and that seems to implicate them reunites the Austin siblings. As local police and the FBI work to solve the case, the brothers' feelings of family loyalty and need result in a tenuous love-hate relationship that leads to mistrust, misjudgment, and disaster. Verdict Koryta's (The Ridge) latest thriller powerfully portrays the angst of the dysfunctional family stretched to the breaking point by blame and guilt. The tension and suspense is relieved only by scenes depicting Kent's football team in fierce combat at the state finals. Gut-wrenching at every level. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/12.]-Thomas L. Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

THE PROPHET is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare. It's about the sins of the past haunting the hopes of the present and the need to find redemption from the jury of your own conscience. It's also . . . irrefutable proof that [Koryta] has enough game to one day be considered a master of the genre. - Dennis LehaneFriday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale . . . This book succeeds on any number of levels. It's a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance. - Kirkus Starred ReviewKoryta triumphantly returns to crime fiction with this multilayered exploration of guilt and redemption . . . [he] has a gift for melding a suspenseful, twisty plot with a probing, unflinching look at his protagonists' weaknesses - Publishers WeeklyEdgar-nominated mystery wunderkind Koryta (he turns 30 this year) has earned kudos from veteran thriller writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz. He proves plenty worthy of praise in this vivid portrayal of a small Midwestern town and the evils that befall it . . . With its crisp writing and steady suspense, this is a must-read for his fans both old and new.' - Booklist Starred ReviewI've been an admirer of the hardworking Michael Koryta for many years. I loved SO COLD THE RIVER'S creepy gothic tone; I was enthralled by the eerie world of THE CYPRESS HOUSE. Koryta is a fantastic writer, and a remarkable storyteller. But his latest book, THE PROPHET, finds him at an entirely new level; I suspect it may be the novel that brings him the sort of widespread acclaim he's deserved all along. A gridiron metaphor would seem appropriate, given the crucial role football plays in The Prophet. It's as if Koryta has been wowing us with a brilliant running game for eight novels. We'd be more than happy to see him keep driving the ball up the middle, but here, suddenly, he's gone to the air: THE PROPHET is like a long, heart-stopping pass down the sidelines in the final seconds of a decisive game. It's made me want to leap to my feet and cheer him on. - Scott Smith, author of The RuinsMichael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. - Mail on SundayKoryta is one of the best of the best - Michael Connelly[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller. - News of the World

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