Sunday, August 2, 2009

"The Silent Hour"

New from Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books: The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta.

About the book, from the publisher:

Following his critically acclaimed Envy the Night (“A dynamic thriller”—The New York Times), Michael Koryta returns with a blistering new installment of the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill nominated Lincoln Perry series.

Whisper Ridge—Home to Dreams—November 6, 1992– April 27, 1996

So reads the strange epitaph carved beside the door of the home called Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed the beginnings of a unique program for paroled murderers. It was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don, but the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited for twelve years, the home now remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.

Private investigator Lincoln Perry's first involvement with the house and its legacy comes when Parker Harrison—a convicted killer and former tenant of Whisper Ridge—asks him to find Alexandra, who disappeared with her husband after the failure of the program. Disconcerted and embarrassed by his own immediate mistrust of Harrison, Perry decides to take the request at face value until he discovers that the bones of the Alexandra's husband were discovered at the exact same time Harrison began his quest to locate her.

Now the investigation is active again and decade-old threats are circling, confronting Perry with a sordid family mystery that will challenge both his abilities as a detective and his commitment to that calling.

Once again Michael Koryta (“Addictively readable”—Chicago Tribune) has crafted an intricate, fast-paced thriller, ratcheting up the tension as he explores just how dangerous the offer of a second chance can be.
Michael Koryta is the author of three previous Lincoln Perry novels. His debut novel Tonight I Said Goodbye earned an Edgar nomination for best first novel and won the Great Lakes Book Award for Best Mystery.

Koryta's first standalone novel, Envy the Night, was honored with the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the year's best mystery/thriller.

The Page 69 Test: Envy the Night.

Michael Koryta's website and blog.