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Envy the Night - Michael Koryta
Envy the Night
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“Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple.” ---Michael Connelly“Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta, one of crime fiction’s brightest young talents. Envy the Night represents his finest work to date."---George PelecanosIn this first stand-alone novel from the... show more
“Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple.” ---Michael Connelly“Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta, one of crime fiction’s brightest young talents. Envy the Night represents his finest work to date."---George PelecanosIn this first stand-alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award-finalist, Michael Koryta fulfills his early promise with a dark and mature novel of a young man trying to escape his past.It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison.The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he’d loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong. After all, the victims hadn't been innocents. And Devin Matteson, the man who’d lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is probably the darkest of the lot. Those are troubling thoughts, and Frank tries to stay away from them. But when an old family friend calls to say that Matteson is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it’s a homecoming Frank knows he can’t allow.His arrival in town reveals a situation far from the expected, though.While Matteson is nowhere to be found, his old cabin is indeed occupied---by a strange, beautiful woman and a nervous man with a gun. When a pair of assassins from Miami arrive on their heels, Frank knows Matteson can’t be far behind. And while the wise move would be to call in the police and get out of town fast, that just doesn't feel right. After all, contract killer or not, Frank’s father was at heart a teacher. And his son excelled at the lessons.Family secrets, mob hitmen, and a father’s shadowy legacy combine to make this Koryta’s most compelling thriller yet.“Addictively readable.”---Chicago Tribune“Sentence for polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better.”---Kirkus Reviews“Stylish prose...well observed.”---The New York Times“Haunting writing...sophisticated plotting.”---Publishers Weekly“It’s time to stop referring to Michael Koryta as a boy wonder and just focus on the sheer wonder of his storytelling. Koryta knows how to put his characters---and his readers---into an ever-tightening vise of twists, turns, and conspiracies, but it’s his empathy that makes his work stand out.”---Laura Lippman“For a while now Michael Koryta has been called one of the rising young talents in crime fiction. I say enough of that….Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple.” ---Michael Connelly
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312361587 (0312361580)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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geraldmweinberg
geraldmweinberg rated it
1.0 Envy the Night
Noir, with no light to relieve the empty plot. I quit after 120 pages, believing the good reviews must have meant something. But those reviewers must have different taste than mine.Maybe if I had liked one of his self-pitying characters, even a little, I would have kept reading to find out what happ...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
Def. not my favorite Koryta book. This one seems to be more in the writing style of James Patterson or Harlan Coben. I love Koryta's newer works that have almost a gothic thriller to them combined with mystery...this one is straight mystery. Still really good writing though.
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