Rise the Dark

Rise the Dark

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by Michael Koryta
     
 

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Mark Novak's greatest mystery may be his own...

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place

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Mark Novak's greatest mystery may be his own...

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.

In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.

Michael Koryta is...


"Masterful." - Michael Connelly"

Riveting." - Harlan Coben"

A master." - Stephen King"

An absolute sizzler." - Lisa Unger"

A writer for the new century" - Tom Franklin"

One of today's finest." - William Kent Krueger"

A terrifying winner." - Dennis Lehane"

Electrifying." - Joseph Finder"

Deliciously dark." - Scott Smith"

Breathtaking." - Nelson DeMille"

A must-read." - Dean Koontz"

Outstanding." - Lee Child"

Gripping." - Stuart O'Nan

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/06/2016
Two main narrative strands propel bestseller Koryta’s pulse-pounding sequel to 2015’s Last Words. When the electricity fails one snowy night, Jay Baldwin, a power-company foreman, leaves his Red Lodge, Mont., home to investigate. He later phones his wife, Sabrina, to report that someone has cut trees so that they have fallen onto power lines. Back at the house, Sabrina is confronted by an armed intruder, Garland Webb, who takes her hostage for an unknown reason. Webb, who was just released from prison for sexual assault, is the quarry of PI Markus Novak, who suspects Webb of murdering the detective’s wife, Lauren, in Cassadaga, Fla. Before Webb left prison, he arranged for a fellow prisoner to call Markus and taunt him—which only strengthens the widower’s resolve to bring Webb to justice and to figure out a cryptic phrase, “Rise the dark,” which Lauren wrote in a notebook right before her death. The villains may be cartoonish, but the dramatic conclusion does justice to the suspenseful setups. Author tour. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"A superb thriller literally humming and buzzing with power and tension, given depth and resonance by Koryta's fascination with pitting lone human emotion against a vast and forbidding landscape."—Lee Child"

This book arrived with high praise from several stars of the genre—"A master," says Stephen King; "Outstanding," adds Lee Child—and they're right. Rise the Dark is both first-rate entertainment and an unusually interesting thriller in terms of its characters, its plot and the ideas it explores, which include the electrical grid, Tesla's history, spiritualism, and the nation's possible vulnerability to a right-wing takeover."—The Washington Post"

Among his many gifts, Michael Koryta is a virtuoso in his use of outdoor settings... his thrillers present the great outdoors in their most frightening aspects. The book's atmospheric power and strong cast of supporting characters make Rise the Dark compelling from the get-go."—The Chicago Tribune"

Welcome to Michael Koryta's latest nightmare.... Wonderfully eerie scenes... [and] distinct thrills."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times"

Koryta always uses setting to great effect in his bestselling thrillers... In Rise The Dark, Koryta again constructs a hold-your-breath thriller around believable characters and the bonds, familial and romantic and ideological, that bind them. It's a wild ride."—Tampa Bay Times"

Koryta has a gift for terrific suspense that immerses the reader while also delivering prose that almost reads like poetry....[A] road that should definitely be traveled."—The Associated Press"

For fans of darker mystery and suspense, you won't be disappointed."—Marion Star"

A frightening thriller about the holes in our infrastructure and the security protecting it. In this second Markus Novak novel, following 2015's Last Words, Koryta effectively combines a compelling premise, a villain who seems too smart to be stopped, and a revealing look at the hero's dysfunctional family."—Booklist"

As with his spellbinding 2014 effort, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Koryta employs the desolate Montana setting with such mastery and deep sense of mystery that it's a compelling character itself. And with an intriguing cody that reverberates with themes of family, myth, and psychic possibility, this new novel leaves us keenly anticipating the next installment of the Novak saga. Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage."—Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review"

[With] a compelling narrative, relatable characters, and action scenes that play out like a blockbuster film, Koryta has written his best book to date. Highly recommended for fans of the author and readers of Dan Brown and Dennis Lehane."—Library Journal - starred review"

Michael Koryta has done a fine job with Rise The Dark as he presents his most suspenseful novel since the terrific Those Who Wish Me Dead. At times his writing has toed the line between suspense and the supernatural. This is a thriller of the highest caliber that will dare readers to put it down before reaching the exciting climax."


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Michael Koryta is very creative in his creation of characters, but he is even more successful in his establishment of place."—The Huffington Post"

Rise The Dark is a powerfully written and fast moving novel...a perfect end of summer read."—LitReactor"

Outstanding in every way, and a guaranteed thriller-of-the-year...Stephen King would be proud of the set up, Cormac McCarthy would be proud of the writing, and I would be proud of the action. Don't you dare miss it."—Lee Child, bestselling author of Never Go Back"

Those Who Wish Me Dead is an absolutely thrilling read. I read most of it with my breath held, occasionally exhaling to ask myself, 'What will happen next?' I highly recommend it."—Kevin Powers, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Birds"

Absolutely breathtaking, nail-biting, and edge-of-your-seat. Michael Koryta is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer. Those Who Wish Me Dead is one of the best chase-and-escape novels you'll read this year - or any other year. The pace never lets up."—Nelson DeMille, author of The Quest

Library Journal
★ 08/01/2016
When former private investigator Markus Novak, introduced in Last Words, learns that Garland Webb, the man who confessed to murdering his wife, was released from prison, his new purpose in life is to find and kill Webb. He starts in the small Florida town where his wife died; strange events and a violent encounter there lead him to Montana. Meanwhile, Webb, now in the employ of a mysterious man named Eli Pate, has kidnapped the wife of a high-voltage line worker so that her husband, Jay, will be compelled to help complete Pate's scheme of destroying Montana's electrical grid. Markus finds much more than he expects upon arrival in Big Sky country, and danger is more palpable than ever. Following his traditional format of short, fast-paced chapters, a compelling narrative, relatable characters, and action scenes that play out like a blockbuster film, Koryta has written his best book to date. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of the author and readers of Dan Brown and Dennis Lehane. [See Prepub Alert, 2/29/16.]—Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-05-31
Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida—a strange town known for its psychics.The suspected killer, Garland Webb, released from a sexual-assault prison sentence on technicalities, has joined a crackpot cult in Montana bent on bringing down the electrical grid—and blaming it on Islamic terrorists. The group, which has a misguided reverence for alternating-current legend Nikola Tesla, includes Novak's long-estranged mother, Violet, a psychic reader who claims she has Native American blood. Arriving in the mountains, where other members of his loopy, boozing, troublemaking family live, Novak encounters Jay Baldwin, a former lineman whose wife, Sabrina, has been abducted by the messianic villain Eli Pate, the cult's leader. Pate threatens to kill her unless Jay takes apart selected high-voltage lines—a dangerous task made more frightening by Jay's memory of his brother and fellow lineman getting electrocuted on such a climb. After a female Pinkerton agent Novak is working with is captured and chained to the wall next to Sabrina, the PI turns for help to his Uncle Larry, Violet's shotgun-bearing brother. Like most of the characters, Larry is a lot more interesting than the flatly affected Novak. But as with his spellbinding 2014 effort, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Koryta employs the desolate Montana setting with such mastery and deep sense of mystery that it's a compelling character itself. And with an intriguing coda that reverberates with themes of family, myth, and psychic possibility, this new novel leaves us keenly anticipating the next installment of the Novak saga. Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316293839
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
08/16/2016
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
25,078
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, most recently Those Who Wish Me Dead. His previous novels—including The Prophet, The Ridge, and So Cold The River—were New York Times notable books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.

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Rise the Dark 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dirtlane 9 days ago
GREAT
MasonCanyon 13 days ago
This the kind of book that will make you hesitate to take a shower when you’re home alone. Author Michael Koryta has that uncanny ability to weave a story that seeps into your bones and takes over your thoughts even when you walk away from the book. Narrator Robert Petkoff brings the eeriness home with his mannerisms. Petkoff delivers the lines perfectly for the suspense factor. His varying vocals gives each character their own unique sound enhancing this thriller. Koryta brings protagonist Mark Novak back from his previous story, LAST WORDS. Koryta provides just enough background that new listeners/readers aren’t left in the dark about Mark’s earlier troubles while also enticing them to learn more. The characters are well developed with multi-layers. The secondary characters are just as complex adding depth to the story. The setting moves around smoothly. Koryta’s vivid descriptions and eye for details puts the listener/reader alongside the characters. Their emotions and reactions can be felt through the rich dialogue. Koryta blends suspense and mystery with sadistic killers, homegrown terrorism and panic for a well thought out page-turner that is plausible. He blends in just a hint of romance, a dash of family togetherness, and a glint of humor to keep the story from being too dark giving it a good balance. RISE THE DARK is an action-packed tale that will keep you guessing. While Koryta gives an ending to the story, he also hints at more to come for Mark. Adrenaline-fueled, this thriller is the stuff news headlines are made of. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Deb-Krenzer 3 months ago
Not sure where I've been, but apparently I missed book number one in this series. I've read every Michael Koryta book but that one. However, that in no way interfered with my reading enjoyment. The author gave enough clues to help you understand enough to get through this book. But, not enough to where you would not want to go back and read the first one. I will say that the one thing I didn't like is the HUGE cliffhangers that were left at the end. Number three better already be in the works! HA! This book definitely is a journey and for these people to say they are peaceful. That is one huge big laugh. I really liked Marcus a lot and the author did a great job with his character. For that matter, he did a great job with all the characters. The plot twists (and there were many) were well hidden and you didn't always see them coming. "I don't have any rope" is just one that really portrayed the true nature of that character. I definitely enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to number three, but I will be enjoying number one in the meantime. Huge thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.