Books by Michael Koryta

In 2003, Michael Koryta became the youngest winner of the annual St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America ‘Best First Private Eye Novel' contest, which has launched the careers of such well-known mystery writers as Steve Hamilton, Les Roberts and

HOW IT HAPPENED by Michael Koryta
Released: May 15, 2018

"Crime fiction doesn't get any more enjoyable."
Boston FBI agent Rob Barrett gets himself sent to Port Hope, Maine, the town where his grandfather lived and where he spent his childhood summers, to help crack the case of a young couple's murder, which appears to have been committed by a childhood antagonist of Barrett's. Read full book review >
RISE THE DARK by Michael Koryta
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage."
Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida—a strange town known for its psychics. Read full book review >
LAST WORDS by Michael Koryta
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"In its use of cave settings, Koryta's latest thriller is ingenious and gripping, but those scenes can't make up for patches of plodding storytelling."
A decade ago, a 17-year-old girl was found dead, beaten and handcuffed, after disappearing inside an Indiana tourist cave. Private investigator Mark Novak's career, and well-being, may depend on his ability to solve this cold case. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta
Released: June 3, 2014

"Summer reading doesn't get better than this."
Hiding a teenage murder witness among a bunch of delinquent kids in a survival-training program in Montana seemed like a good idea. But when two coldblooded killers track him there from Indiana, everyone's life is at grave risk. Read full book review >
THE PROPHET by Michael Koryta
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A compulsively readable novel about brothers on opposite sides of life."
Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood in this powerful tale of distant brothers whose torment over the murder of their sister when they were teens is compounded by the murder of another targeted teenage girl—a killing one of the brothers is determined to avenge even if that means committing murder himself. Read full book review >
THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta
Released: June 8, 2011

"Koryta (The Cypress House, 2011, etc.), whose affection for the big cats and those who care for them is contagious, has produced a supernatural thriller that will raise goosebumps the size of golf balls."
The choice is simple: Kill or be killed. Read full book review >
THE CYPRESS HOUSE by Michael Koryta
Released: Jan. 24, 2011

"A commanding performance in the field of supernatural noir."
In Depression-era Florida, a war veteran with the eerie ability to see impending death comes up against a criminal judge who exerts deadly force. Read full book review >
SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta
Released: June 9, 2010

"A departure from Kortya's Lincoln Perry p.i. series (The Silent Hour, 2009, etc.) that's every bit as well-written."
A gothic horror story set in—wait for it—rural Indiana. Read full book review >
THE SILENT HOUR by Michael Koryta
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta (A Welcome Grave, 2007, etc.) belongs on every genre reader's bookshelf."
Private eye Lincoln Perry walks the meanest streets of the 21st century. Read full book review >
A WELCOME GRAVE by Michael Koryta
Released: July 1, 2007

"The plot has its share of boilerplate elements. But sentence for polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better."
A hard-boiled shamus knows better than to answer the distress call of his ex...or does he? Read full book review >
SORROW’S ANTHEM by Michael Koryta
Released: Feb. 16, 2006

"Nicely told, with the requisite genre beatings and gunplay reserved for the end and the equally requisite angst, this time over past misdeeds, front and center."
You can't go home again. Or can you? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2004

"A gracefully written, straight-ahead detective story with a welcome 11th-hour surprise."
The winner of St. Martin's 2003 Prize for Best First P.I. Novel presents a Cleveland shamus who falls afoul of Russian mobsters—and for his beautiful client Read full book review >