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Envy the Night

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by Michael Koryta
 

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In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer--and committed suicide to avoid prosecution--Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life. But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin

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Envy the Night 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In his fourth novel, Koryta strikes a perfect balance with skillful writing, clever dialogue and characters who draw you into the story. Each character is superbly crafted with depth and humanity. Set in the woods of Wisconsin, the peaceful natural surroundings of the story provide a perfect contrast to the gritty violence that ensues, and adds an extra chill by placing violence one only expects in the big city into small town America. The plot twists and turns taking the reader along with it. Infused with humor, Envy the Night is intriguing from start to finish, making it impossible to put down, a must read!!! Brilliant!!!! Koryta continues to impress!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When his other clandestine life as a mob hit man is exposed, U.S. Marshal Frank Temple II, a, commits suicide. His family is shocked first by the revelation by the patriarch¿s death and his son who worshipped him cannot deal with his hero crumbling like this.------------ Seven years later, his twenty-four years old son, Frank III remains angry and still drifting as he has since his dad killed himself. When a friend from his dad¿s military days in Nam Ezra Ballard informs him the rat who squealed on his father is Devin Matteson, the son finally finds a reason to focus on life he wants vengeance. He has the opportunity when Devin is coming from Florida to Wisconsin. The III waits at his late dad¿s cabin in Willow Flowage, but soon realizes he has a bigger issue to deal with he and auto repair shop owner Nora Stafford are in deep trouble as some nasty killers stalk the area.---------------- This tense thriller hooks readers from the moment Frank III leaves jail with a severe headache while thinking what to do about the info Ballard provided him.. Character fueled mostly by the son, ENVY THE NIGHT is a fast-paced taut tale that never misses a beat even when the exciting story line makes a turn from III the stalker to III the stalked. Michael Koryta is at his best with this action-packed Wisconsin thriller. This is an unputdownable thriller.----------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Koryta has done it again. Each time I pick up a new work penned by this master, I'm amazed that it's possible to outdo the last one. Koryta has veered from his usual style in Envy the Night. Not only has he created a new set of characters, but he's also changed his point of view, writing in third person limited this time instead of first. Koryta has a gift with characterization and that gift seems to heighten with every novel. A lot of times it is easier on a reader for the character to be flat. Then you aren't faced with the confliction of feelings that are elicited. It's easy to completely hate or completely love a character. But Koryta doesn't let you off that easy. He evokes an array of emotion in his reader. Koryta did a bang-up job with the characters in this novel, and plot just drove the book home. This book was full of twists and turns. Having a great plot to immerse yourself in is a treat in and of itself. But Koryta always adds that something extra special in his mastery of the English language. There are devices and phrases and descriptions threaded throughout the entire novel that made me stop and reread. I wanted to hear them over in my head because they are so effective. This is definitely a book to be reread. Magnificent!
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edofarrell More than 1 year ago
I read the last half of this book turning the page -- turning them fast -- while I scanned for something that resembled content. There was precious little. This is a juvenile book written at the level of a teenager. Re-read some John D. MacDonald and clear your palate -- don't waste money on this author.