The Silent Hour (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Michael Koryta

Minotaur Books, 9780312389574, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2010



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 Ridge
Home to Dreams
October 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.

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.

Praise For The Silent Hour


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

Envy the Night

Winner of the los angeles times book prize


“Gallows humor leavens this heart-pounding thriller...Take yourself to an island, pull up an Adirondack chair, and scare yourself silly with this one.” —Boston Globe

“Revenge drives this superb stand-alone...Koryta's dialogue is as sharp as the knives his characters wield, and his plot twists at the most unexpected moments. This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Koryta's skill as a writer—and as a crafter of complicated plots —will fascinate.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A great new stand-alone novel. Envy the Night is a story full of family history, with a likable protagonist and a strong sense of place...Koryta's characters are irresistible.” —Charlotte Observer

“Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta...Envy the Night represents his best work to date.” —New York Times bestselling author George Pelecanos

“This diabolical novel, laid out in simple but eloquent prose and pitch-perfect dialogue, heralds a changing of the guard. I have seen the future of 'The Best Mystery Writer in America' and its name is Michael Koryta.”   —New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson


A Shamus Award Nominee

“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 polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Addictively readable.”—Chicago Tribune

“Stylish...well observed.”The New York Times

“Edgar-finalist Koryta stakes a claim as one of today’s preeminent 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 proof that after only three novels it is possible to become a ‘must read’ in crime 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.” —
“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