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Posted June 20, 2010
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A Welcome Tour de Force!
Lincoln Perry's back! And, once again, I have nothing but praise. A Welcome Grave is somewhat darker than its predecessors, but I again read the book cover-to-cover, unable to look away until I reached the end. With how easy Koryta makes it to empathize with the good guys, hate the bad guys, and worry through the shades of gray, it's no wonder it's so easy to be completely swept up into this not-so-fictional world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By this book, the reader knows that Lincoln lost his job on the police force when he found out his fiancée was having an affair with prominent lawyer, Alex Jefferson, got drunk, drove to see him, and punched Jefferson in the face. So when the first lines of the book are, "Sometime after midnight, on a moonless October night turned harsh by a fine, windswept rain, one of the men I liked least in the world was murdered... The detectives went looking for suspects -- people whose histories with Jefferson were adversarial and hostile. At the top of that list, they found me..." you know right away Lincoln's in trouble. Being investigated for murder by the very department for which he used to work, Lincoln complicates matters more by being unable to refuse an assignment by the widow Jefferson, his ex-fiancée. She sends him to find her late husband's estranged son and let him know of his inheritance. Instead of the simple assignment he expected, Lincoln ends up in a jail in Indiana, and Jefferson's son ends up in the morgue. With the case against him growing increasingly strong, Lincoln must race against time to find the real killer and clear his own name.
With an unrelenting pace and depth far surpassing expectation, it's no wonder this new addiction is so compelling. More please!
Posted November 16, 2009
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A writer in search of an editor
Koryta is a good writer. That is all that saves this book, and his other books, from my waste can. But he can't plot worth a tinker's dam. The books are big and blowsy, filled with pages of empty blather while he builds, tears down and rebuilds his bloated storyline. And leaves holes in these inflated plot lines that the space shuttle could comfortably fit through. Bad guys pile on his Lincoln Perry character for no more good reason than they want to. Sadistic killers take time to construct elaborate frames for Perry because, well because. The cops are beligerant, bungling and inept ... until it is time to bring home the bacon, as it were. Then the cops become noble, intelligent and, of course, grudgingly admiring of Lincoln Perry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Too much. Koryta writes well enough that I don't simply throw the book into the fire at some of the ridiculous twists and turns of the plot. But I sure wouldn't waste the price of a hardcover for this guy. Wait for the paperback editions, save money for better authors.
Posted September 1, 2008
A Welcome Thriller!
I couldn't put this book down about a private eye (Lincoln Perry) who is framed for a few murders and must clear his name as the police are tightening the noose. Perry has only his partner Joe and his new girlfriend Amy behind him and everyone else against him. Add to that, the mysterious Thor is thrown into the mix and when all can't get any bleaker, Lincoln must team with Thor to maybe turn the tables on the 'real' bad guys. A great thriller!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2008
Awesome, Full of suspense
It only gets better with each book he writes. I love the main character Lincoln. You know a good author, as Michael is, when you can visualize the characters and adventures as real as you are reading the story. He has a natural talent for writing. I am looking forward to Michael's next book in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
terrific third urban noir
In Cleveland, in a fit of jealousy enhanced by the man¿s superior airs Lincoln Perry assaulted influential affluent attorney Alex Jefferson. His actions led to his dismissal from the Cleveland Police Department and he still lost the woman as his beloved former wife Karen married Alex. Lincoln moves on becoming a private investigator ruing his foolishness. However, Lincoln soon has a new reason to rue his temper fit when someone brutally murders Alex. The police immediately think of Lincoln whose motive remains jealousy as the homicide looks like it was performed by a raging culprit. However, unable to say no to Karen, he agrees to search for Jefferson¿s estranged son Matt although that makes him look guiltier to the cops investigating the murder. He finds the lad in Indiana only to have Matt commit suicide in front of him. Now the police suspect Lincoln for murdering the father and the son all because they assume he still holds the torch for Karen and ergo will do anything for this 'femme fatale' especially with millions involved. --- Lincoln is terrific in his third urban noir case (see TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE and SORROWS ANTHEM) is personal as he is the prime and only suspect in the murder of Alex and the questionable (by the cops that is) suicide of Matt. The story line is fast-paced as the police assume Karen is a femme fatale black widow who uses Lincoln as her tool to get Jefferson¿s millions. Fans of hard boiled detectives will want to read the escapades of Lincoln Perry has he struggles to expedite himself from quite a mess. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2012
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