By Michael Koryta
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312340100, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
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In the beginning it was all about money. Then things got personal.
This is the story that Ed Gradduk tells his best friend, and private investigator, Lincoln Perry. Ed is on the run, hiding from the police who intend to arrest him for arson and murder.
When Gradduk is killed in a violent confrontation with police, Perry cannot shake his friend's death and vows to understand the forces that brought him down.
With an intense exploration of both character and crime, Sorrow's Anthem establishes Michael Korya as one of the top young mystery writers in America today.
Twenty-two year old Michael Koryta lives in Bloomington, Indiana. While in high school he began to work both for a private investigator and for the local newspaper, and he still has those jobs.
“One of America’s top young mystery writers.”
—Toronto Sun “Say hello to a new crime talent.”
“Inspired by Hammett and Chandler, the 22-year-old Koryta displays the maturity of a writer with several novels under his belt, and his plot percolates with crisp dialogue that might impress Chandler himself.”—Booklist (Starred Review) “Koryta’s impressive second hardboiled mystery is a worthy successor to his debut, Tonight I Said Goodbye, an Edgar and Shamus finalist....The 22-year-old author, who works for a PI and for an Indiana newspaper, displays credible insider knowledge of those professions as well as a gift for creating both sympathetic characters and a fast-moving, twisty plot.” —Publishers Weekly
“[A] work of rare profundity. The multi-layered and labyrinthine plot is worthy of Raymond Chandler or (more aptly, perhaps) Ross MacDonald. And that’s more than mere hyperbole; Koryta is that good. Sorrow’s Anthem is so good it’ll bring tears to your eyes. And it’s good on just about every level; as a crime novel, as a hardboiled mystery, and as a mainstream exploration of choices, consequences, and of individual responsibility. In the end, and as far “anthems” go, this one never misses a beat.” —Mystery News
“Sometimes a book grabs you and stays in your memory long after the rest of the in-box’s contents have been flushed away by new arrivals. Koryta’s second mystery about Cleveland private eye Lincoln Perry has this kind of hold on me...Dashiell Hammett of Red Harvest would appreciate the tangle of high-level political and police corruption of Sorrow’s Anthem, but anyone who mourns for lost friendships will add a more visceral reaction.”
“Perry is an appealing fellow, and Koryta is a straightforward storyteller, but the real pleasure here is touring the back streets of C-Town....Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel at the age of 21, Koryta is now 22, but Sorrow’s Anthem is no sophomore slump.” —The Washington Post
“Koryta...receives high marks for a well-constructed plot and his particular talent at depicting action-packed scenes.” —The Halifax Chronicle-Herald
“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.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is an exceptional novel ... Buy it. Read it. Give it to your friends. This book just might change the way you think about the private-eye novel forever.”
“[A] great follow-up to Koryta’s first novel, proving that he has a lot to offer his readers in terms of engaging plot lines, intriguing characters, and edge-of-your-seat endings.” —The Indianapolis Star
“[D]eeply felt and moving…could have flowed from the pens of more seasoned writers like Robert Parker…. Definitely make room on your bookshelf for Lincoln Perry’s future adventures.” —Independent Mystery Booksellers Association