"Some time after midnight, on a moonless October night, one of the men I least liked in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city. The detectives went looking for suspects - people whose histories with Jefferson were adversarial and hostile. At the top of that list, they found me..." Private investigator Lincoln Perry ...
"Some time after midnight, on a moonless October night, one of the men I least liked in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city. The detectives went looking for suspects - people whose histories with Jefferson were adversarial and hostile. At the top of that list, they found me..." Private investigator Lincoln Perry was once a rising star in the police force. His career as a cop came to a brutal halt after he assaulted prominent attorney Alex Jefferson - retribution for Jefferson's affair with Perry's fiancee. Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Sure Perry is innocent, Jefferson's widow calls upon him for a favour he shouldn't accept but can't turn down: to find Jefferson's estranged son, partial beneficiary of the dead man's fortune.The case is simple enough, a routine 'search and locate', and there's plenty of money for the work. The encounter with the son should be simple too, a brief exchange of information and maybe an empty condolence before Perry heads home in his truck. Instead, Perry finds himself loaded into a police car headed for jail while Jefferson's son is zipped into a body bag...And that's only the beginning of Perry's troubles! A Welcome Grave explores the lengths to which a desperate man is forced to go to clear his name and solve a crime. Fast-paced and beautifully written, it confirms Michael Koryta's status as one of the top new crime writers.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-09 Edgar-finalist Koryta stakes a claim as one of today's pre-eminent crafters of contemporary hard-boiled mysteries with his third Lincoln Perry whodunit (after 2006's Sorrow's Anthem), which finds the cops trying to pin murder charges on the Cleveland PI. Formerly a detective with the Cleveland PD, Perry was forced out of the department when he assaulted a rich lawyer, Alex Jefferson, who had married Perry's still beloved ex, Karen. When Jefferson's brutalized corpse is discovered in a field, suspicion soon focuses on Perry, and the gumshoe only makes more trouble for himself by accepting Karen's commission to find the dead man's estranged son, Matt, who has inherited millions from his father. But no sooner does Perry locate Matt in Indiana than the unwitting heir commits suicide in Perry's presence, another death the authorities find suspicious. Despite Koryta's youth (his 2004 debut, Tonight I Said Goodbye was published when he was 21), his haunting writing and logical, sophisticated plotting rival that of established stalwarts like Loren Estleman. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2011-03-28 Koryta's third Lincoln Perry novel is given a first-rate rendition by Scott Brick. Originally published in 2007, A Welcome Grave, like other titles in the series, chronicles an investigation that involves the private detective personally as well as professionally. Here, he's hired by his ex-fiancee to locate the estranged son of Alex Jefferson, her recently murdered husband, the same husband Perry once battered, leading to his dismissal from the Cleveland police force. Brick adds a shade of guilt to the detective's already downbeat first-person account. And when Perry is framed for murder by a pair of brilliant, homicidal (and sinister-voiced) villains, a tone of frustration and near hopelessness completes the well-performed vocal portrait. Brick is especially successful in voicing the supporting players, capturing the halting uncertainty of Perry's partner, Joe Pritchard, wounded in body and spirit from a previous adventure, and a hint of honor in the heavily accented, unemotional speech of Thor, a cold-blooded Russian mob enforcer who assists Perry in a time of need. A St. Martin's paperback. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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