Last Words (Mark Novak Series #1)

Last Words (Mark Novak Series #1)

by Michael Koryta

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ISBN-13: 9780316337960
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: Mark Novak Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,099
File size: 1 MB

About 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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Last Words 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the free preview and was hooked by page 8. This is the 1st Michael Koryta book I have read but am buying " Cuypress House" to hold me over until this book is released. I just might have found me a new favorite auther.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This is not an easy book to review. One has to read about a couple of hundred pages before the real plot emerges, and then it is no less confusing. Nevertheless, it is an interesting story and well worth the effort to read. At least when you get to the finish line. Marcus Novak is an investigator for a Tampa-based non-profit that attempts to clear convicted murderers, and this second in the series is a tale about how he is sent to Garrison, Indiana by his superior after his wife was murdered. and he is in trouble with the board for not performing up to snuff. The assignment ordinarily is not one the organization would consider. It was prompted by a letter from one Ridley Barnes, who is ostracized by the townspeople because he is thought to have killed a young girl, 15-year-old Sarah Martin, in a cave ten years before, and requests an investigation into whether or not he is guilty. Novak undertakes the task with the attitude that he doesn’t care and will spend a day or two and then go back to the Sunshine State. Instead he gets himself into all kinds of fixes, increasingly forcing the board to consider his dismissal and eventually coming around to caring about Sarah’s death. The plot centers on a large cave and the events surrounding it, along with the people involved in owning and exploring it. The story is a complicated one, typical of the author’s novels. While the writing is clear, plowing through the more than 400 pages is tedious, as Novak faces one challenge after another in an effort to save his career. That said, it is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Koryta has a ver rare talent. With every word he writes, he creates an insatiable urge within his readers for more. Can not wait for his next creation "Echoes". J M Lydon
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
You practically have to keep a score card when following one of author Michael Koryta’s thrillers. Koryta has a way of moving back and forward between possible killers so fast you’re never quite sure who to suspect. His latest release, LAST WORDS, is a prime example of his masterful talents. Narrator Robert Petkoff does an excellent job giving voice to the various characters. His pitch and mannerisms give depth to the characters. Petkoff captures the emotions of the story beautifully with his cadence and vocals. Florida-based death-row defense lawyer Markus Novak’s life derailed when his wife was murdered while the two of them were working on a case. Still searching for her killer two years later, Novak has put his life and career on the line one too many ties. His boss sends him to Indiana to review a cold case just to get him out of town. The 10-year-old cold case involves a teenage girl who disappeared inside a cave system beneath a rural farm. Days later the girl’s lifeless body was brought out of the cave by Ridley Barnes. All these years later Barnes, who called to have the case reopened, continues to claim he has no memory of what happened inside the cave. Living under a cloud of suspicion, Barnes wants answers even if it costs him his life. Novak soon finds the town turning against him when he claims to have spoken to the dead girl’s mother, who he learns is also dead. Novak is later kidnapped and left in the cave to die, but Barnes rescues him. The town doesn’t believe his kidnap story and Novak begins to fear for his own life, but can’t leave until he knows the truth about the girl’s death. Just when you’re sure you know who the killer is, Koryta throws you a curve and a new suspected killer is introduced with even more motive. Koryta switches back and forth from the suspects always leaving you wondering who the real killer is. The twists will have you second guessing yourself as you try to solve the mystery along with the protagonist. The characters are complex and well-developed. Through detailed descriptions listeners/readers will feel they are in the cave as the search for the truth unfolds. Moving at a steady pace, this thriller is laced with suspense and adrenaline-fueled moments. The heart-pounding action will keep you on the edge of your seat. LAST WORDS is a blend of past and present mysteries that carries listeners/readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions as they try to discover which devious mind belongs to the killer. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book was okay. Just to long to get there.