A Welcome Grave
By Michael Koryta
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312947514, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 3, 2008
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Private investigator Lincoln Perry finds himself in the crosshairs of police investigations in two states when an old rival, Alex Jefferson, is brutally murdered. Accepting involvement in the case after a request from his former fiancée, Perry agrees to locate the dead man’s estranged son and inform him of his large inheritance. It seems like a simple role, at least until Perry lands in jail while the son is zipped into a body bag.
Soon Perry realizes that Jefferson’s millions are the target of a thirst for revenge that hasn’t been satisfied by blood. As a pair of deadly assailants push deep into Perry’s life, they bring with them intense pressure from police who are determined to see Perry in jail—if he survives long enough to make it there…
Michael Koryta’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just 21. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a private investigator and newspaper reporter. His work has been published in ten languages, and A Welcome Grave was nominated for a Quill Award.
“Stylish...well observed.”—The New York Times
“Addictively readable.”—Chicago Tribune
“A nuanced, mature novel that proves both the depth of Koryta's talent and the vitality of the PI genre.”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman
“SENTENCE FOR POLISTHED SENTENCE, NO ONE IN THE GENRE WRITES BETTER.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Edgar-finalist Koryta stakes a claim as one of today’s pre-eminent crafters of contemporary hard-boiled mysteries...Despite Koryta’s youth ...his haunting writing and logical, sophisticated plotting rival that of established stalwarts like Loren Estleman.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you haven’t already discovered Michael Koryta…now’s the time. A Welcome Grave is his best book.” —Toronto Globe and Mail
“The Rust Belt never looked so scary...a nightmare chess game.” —The Rocky Mountain News
“The story is graced by Koryta's humor and style...” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“A Welcome Grave...is proof that after only three novels it is possible to become a 'must read' in crime fiction...one of the best P.I. against the world books I've read in a long, long time. Koryta's dialogue remains vivid and his characters sharp as a diamond drill bit.” —Crimespree magazine
“In his third efficiently plotted mystery, Koryta lands most of his punches...” —Entertainment Weekly
“Koryta’s story-telling is enhanced by a fluid prose style...” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“An exciting novel with carefully rendered characters, even secondary ones, who will remain with the reader long after turning the last page.” —Bookreporter.com
“This is the book that will put Koryta on everyone’s ‘must read’ list...The action is relentless.”—The Kingston Observer
“The best entry yet in the Lincoln Perry private-eye series” —Library Journal (starred review)
“It’s time to stop referring to Michael Koryta as a boy wonder and just focus on the sheer wonder of his storytelling...A Welcome Grave is a nuanced, mature novel that proves both the depth of Koryta’s talent and the vitality of the PI genre.”—New York Times bestselling author 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. A Welcome Grave proves the promise. Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple. With stories like this, his Lincoln Perry is going to be around for a long, long time.”—Michael Connelly