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Fresh off the critical acclaim of his Los Angeles Times Book Prize-nominated Envy the Night, Michael Koryta returns with a blistering new installment in the Lincoln Perry series: The Silent Hour.

Whisper RidgeHome to DreamsOctober 2, 1992--April 12, 1996

So reads the strange epitaph carved beside the door of the home called Whisper Ridge, a multi-million-dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed the beginnings of a unique program for paroled murderers. The program never got off the ground, however, despite how passionate a woman named Alexandra Cantrell, daughter of a notorious Mafia don, and her husband, Joshua, had been about it. Still uninhabited twelve years later, the house remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets, falling into ruin as the forest grows up around it.

While the couple's abrupt exit was unusual, it was also not regarded as suspicious--until the bones of Alexandra's husband are found buried in the woods.

Private investigator Lincoln Perry isn't thrilled about the situation, or his client: Parker Harrison served fifteen years for murder but claims Alexandra's intervention saved his life. Now he wants to find her--and he's not the only one.

What seems at first like the simplest of jobs proves to be an undertaking that will challenge both Perry's abilities as a detective and his commitment to that calling. With a new partner to train and a case that leads straight to the heart of the Cleveland organized crime scene, Perry finds himself glancing over his shoulder at every turn, pushing the bounds of safety even as he backs away.

Once again Michael Koryta has crafted an intricate, lightning-paced thriller, ratcheting up the tension as he explores just how dangerous the offer of a second chance can be. The latest installment in the Lincoln Perry series, which the Chicago Tribune calls "addictively readable," marks another step forward in his incredible career.

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About the Author

MICHAEL KORYTA's first novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began working as a newspaper reporter and for a private investigator while still in high school. Tonight I Said Goodbye won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Contest for first novel and the Great Lakes Book Award for best mystery, and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best first novel. His other novels include Envy the Night (winner of the 2008 mystery/thriller Los Angeles Times Book Prize), The Silent Hour, and Those Who Wish Me Dead. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Reviews

Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature Cleveland, Ohio, PI Lincoln Perry (after 2008's A Welcome Grave). When Perry starts receiving letters from convicted murder Parker Harrison, he ignores them until the man shows up in his office. Twelve years earlier, the then recently paroled Harrison worked for Alexandra and Joshua Cantrell, a couple who ran a rehabilitation program for violent offenders. Then they disappeared, and Harrison wants Perry's help in tracking down Alexandra. Suspicious why Harrison waited so long, Perry discovers that Joshua's bones were recently unearthed in Pennsylvania. Ken Merriman, a Pittsburgh PI, soon arrives in Cleveland, asking Perry for help finding out who killed Joshua. That Alexandria's brother heads one of Cleveland's most notorious mob families complicates matters. Perry has to reconsider everything he thought he knew about right, wrong and everything in between. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR MICHAEL KORYTA The Silent Hour "Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective--a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can't let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him." --St. Petersburg Times"Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense." --Booklist"Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers." --The Globe and Mail (Canada)"The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment." --Crimespree magazine Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry. Publishers Weekly (starred review) The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective--a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can't let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him. St. Petersburg Times Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense. Booklist Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers. The Globe and Mail (Canada) The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment. Crimespree magazine" Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective--a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can't let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him. "St. Petersburg Times" Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense. "Booklist" Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers. "The Globe and Mail (Canada)" The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment. "Crimespree magazine"" CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR MICHAEL KORYTAThe Silent Hour"Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective--a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can't let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him."--St. Petersburg Times"Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense."--Booklist"Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers."--The Globe and Mail (Canada)"The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment."--Crimespree magazine

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