Investigator and former Marine Wayne Weston is found at home, killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun still lying in his right hand. There is no sign of his wife and six-year-old daughter. The police believe Wayne Weston killed his family before turning the gun on himself. Weston's father is convinced his son was murdered. He turns ...Read MoreInvestigator and former Marine Wayne Weston is found at home, killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun still lying in his right hand. There is no sign of his wife and six-year-old daughter. The police believe Wayne Weston killed his family before turning the gun on himself. Weston's father is convinced his son was murdered. He turns to Lincoln Perry, former cop, now private investigator, for help. All the evidence supports the police's conclusions, but as soon as he starts asking questions, Lincoln hears rumours of gambling, extortion, and links to Cleveland's Russian mob. When the FBI asks him to back off, followed by a second murder, Lincoln is more determined than ever to uncover the truth, even if that means putting himself in danger ...Read Less
I enjoyed this book a lot. I have read all of his books. They kept me interested in the storyline, and wanting more.
Jan 28, 2010
"..from tonight..be kinder than necessary." Barrie
Investigator Wayne Watson has been found dead and his wife and six-year-old daughter missing. The police think it's murder suicide. However, Wayne's father doesn't believe it. He hires Lincoln Perry and his partner, Joe Pritchard, to investigate.
With good dialogue and interesting characters, Michael Koryta takes the reader on the trail as the detectives begin their query. They are surprised to find that Weston didn't seem to be working on any cases. Looking at his finances, they find that he seems to have been working for wealthy real estate developer, Jeremiah Hubbard. However, when they visit Hubbard, Hubbard is evasive and then offers them a bribe to drop the case.
This makes the detectives suspicious and intent to find what is going on. Then the investigation goes in directions that couldn't have been imagined. They find that there is a connection to Russians with underground ties.
The novel is well done and keeps the reader's attention throughout. The author provides a number of surprises to keep the reader guessing.
Apr 12, 2009
twists and turns
Kept me reading and surprising me to the end. Reminded me of Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly. He's someone to watch (and read ,of course)
Publishers Weekly, 2004-08-30 A pair of PIs investigate the murder of one of their own in Koryta's sharp, fast-paced debut. Crusty old John Weston hires partners Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard to investigate both the death of his son, Wayne, in an incident the cops have ruled a suicide, and the disappearance of Wayne's wife and young daughter. Perry and Pritchard soon determine that Wayne was working for Jeremiah Hubbard, "Cleveland's answer to Donald Trump," in a series of surveillance jobs that brought him into contact with Russian mobsters. The case heats up considerably when the detectives locate Randy Hartwick, a Marine who served with Wayne in a special ops unit, only to have him shot right before their eyes. The cat-and-mouse game shifts to South Carolina, as Perry noses around a Myrtle Beach resort where Hartwick had worked security, only to stumble into Wayne's daughter and wife, who are staying at the same hotel. Julie Weston reveals that she has a videotape her husband made of the mobsters committing a murder, and soon they're both in danger when the Russians come looking for the tape. Although he occasionally tries to substitute jaded PI patter for genuine character development, 21-year-old Koryta delivers well-crafted scenes and genuinely surprising plot twists. This riveting detective novel should delight fans looking for new talent. Agent, David Hale Smith. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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