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Digital Audiobook (6/7/2011)
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For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse-keeper's death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.
Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary's founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.
As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light.
The Ridge is a brilliant thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said "Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read" and why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best."
Praise For The Ridge…
"From page one of The Ridge, Michael Koryta has the reader leaning forward, racing down the page, driving deeper and deeper into his creepy, pulpy tale to find out what bad thing is going to happen next. As in So Cold the River, Koryta delivers a midwestern ghost story based on place--another roadside attraction from his haunted heartland. Reader, heed my advice: hold his hand tight. You don't want to get caught out here alone in the woods, in the night, in the dark."—Stewart O'Nan, author of Emily, Alone
"Michael Koryta is an immensely gifted storyteller, and this new novel confirms that he gets better and better with each new book. Once I started The Ridge, I couldn't put it down."—Ron Rash, author of Serena
"This sounds an odd set-up for a whodunnit, but if you know Koryta's splendid style, you know he's in the right place. The Ridge is a classically good mystery that's also regionally fascinating... Koryta's tales stand out because of the quirks he spins in--a haunted piano, a too-conveniently-located rural tavern, a closed paper's newsroom--quirks that add up to that rarest of things: a summer mystery that's both spooky and incredibly funny."—Cole Louison, The New Yorker's "Book Bench"
"Particularly powerful when revealing the telling details of those who are isolated--by profession, by geography, by temperament. It's admirable to attempt a ghost story that can withstand the cynical scepticism of our time while engaging the reader with characters who struggle with all-too-real dilemmas. Here, Koryta has created a vivid world that's hard to shake for days after the book is finished. In The Ridge, he has delivered a nuanced supernatural thriller worthy of the praise he's received and that is surely yet to come."—Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times
"The Ridge by Michael Koryta is a strange and intense novel that has a touch of Stephen King thrown in for good measure...a fascinating study of good vs. evil...At one moment it is a legitimate drama and in a flash it becomes something supernatural. That is where the Stephen King influence shows its face. Koryta takes the drama then adds the supernatural...and when one portion begins to unravel the story beneath is an amazing one. Michael Koryta is a name that is growing in stature with each new novel he releases. The Ridge indicates he will keep getting better and better. This is a chilling story that will have you burning the midnight oil and wishing you had a lighthouse to ward off any dark presence around you."—Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post
"An eerie tale... a dark and compulsively readable story.... Koryta doesn't just craft an absorbingly creepy plot; he also makes effective use of setting and local history (as he did in So Cold the River and The Cypress House). His prose is observant and streamlined, and his characters are believable and complex...Reading The Ridge is a fine way to chill down a hot summer night. But you'll want to leave the lights on."—Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
Little, Brown and Company, 9780316053662, 368pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 2011
About the Author
In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. Koryta's work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.