Tonight I Said Goodbye

Tonight I Said Goodbye

by Michael Koryta
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Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta

A remarkable debut mystery from the award-winning author of the 2003 St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Prize for Best First Private Eye Novel.

Michael Koryta's Tonight I Said Goodbye marks the emergence of a stunning new voice in crime fiction. With its edge-of-your-seat pacing, finely drawn characters, and rock-solid prose, Tonight I Said Goodbye would seem to be the work of a grizzled pro; the fact that the author is just twenty-one years old makes it all the more amazing.

Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston's father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports. There are rumors of gambling debts and extortion, and a group of Russians with ties to organized crime who don't appreciate being investigated--a point they make clear with baseball bats.

With some assistance from newspaper reporter Amy Ambrose, Perry and Pritchard believe they are making swift progress. But then they are warned off the investigation by a millionaire real estate tycoon and the FBI. Just when they feel they are closing in on a possible source of answers, another murder forces them to change direction in the case.

Perry travels to a resort town in South Carolina and there he finds more than one game being played, and all of them are deadly. The stakes quickly become very personal for Perry, and it's clear that there will be no walking away from this case.

In a debut that has already garnered praise from some of today's top writers, Michael Koryta immediately establishes himself as a standard bearer for the next generation of crime writers.

Tonight I Said Goodbye is a 2005 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429906210
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Lincoln Perry Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 75,405
File size: 671 KB

About the Author

MICHAEL KORYTA's first novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began working as a newspaper reporter and for a private investigator while still in high school. Tonight I Said Goodbye won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Contest for first novel and the Great Lakes Book Award for best mystery, and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best first novel. His other novels include Envy the Night (winner of the 2008 mystery/thriller Los Angeles Times Book Prize), The Silent Hour, and Those Who Wish Me Dead.

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Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lincoln Perry Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Jessica_JM More than 1 year ago
I am not always a fan of mystery or private investigator stories, and I tend more toward fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural but I found out Michael Koryta was speaking at my departmental graduation ceremony so I decided to check out his books. First of all, I was thinking local, 21-year-old author... okay... I guess I could find some time to at least skim over something. I WAS SO WRONG! Less than a chapter into Tonight I Said Goodbye, I had to stop to buy the book (which is rare for us poor college students!) and couldn't put it down until I finished, despite finals and papers with rapidly approaching due dates. The next day I went and got the next book in the series. Not only did I want to read more by the same author, but I could not bring myself to say goodbye - tonight or any other time - to Lincoln Perry (the main character). Rare is the author who can develop a character SO WELL that I feel like we're old friends and I had to find out what would happen to him next! So Tonight I Said Goodbye starts out with the plot and character development in the first paragraph and just gets better from there. I never do this but I find I cannot convey why I wasn't able to stop reading any way but to show you the first paragraph: "The last time John Weston saw his son alive, it was a frigid afternoon in the first week of March, and John's granddaughter was building a snowman as the two men stood in the driveway and talked. Before he left, John gave his son a fatherly pat on the shoulder and promised to see him again soon. He saw him soon - stretched out in a morgue less than forty-eight hours later, dead of a small-caliber gunshot wound to the head. John was saved the horror of viewing his granddaughter in a similar state, but the reason for that was a hollow consolation: Five-year-old Betsy Weston and her mother were missing." Within the next few pages, Lincoln Perry - former cop and new private investigator - gets hired to find out what happened. What seems like it will follow a predictable PI novel pattern soon takes off completely away from the typical template of the genre into more twists and turns than I could have imagined! Koryta does an amazing job with developing characters so that you feel like you not only know ABOUT them, but you KNOW them. The plot, while totally intense, fast-paced, and unpredictable, is also somehow completely believable. And before you believe that I am just praising a local author... of Tonight I Said Goodbye, Lee Child said: "A terrific, first-class debut full of suspense, tension, tricks, and charm," the Library Journal claims, "The twenty-one-year-old author excels at building characters and story..." and Steve Hamilton (author of Ice Run) says, "Michael Koryta hits the ground running with this masterful debut. He's already so good, it's scary." I don't have enough room to keep on this tack but there's plenty more! While I have my own favorite genres, I am ALWAYS willing to read something that is incredibly well-written no matter what it is about. This is one of those books. I don't care if you don't like PI novels or mystery or thrillers: it's completely and totally worth it to drop whatever you're in the middle of and read this! As much as I'd love to extol the book and the author for a few pages more, I have to get back to the next book...
SonnieK More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page. I found this book accidentally while reading reviews of another reader [who also gave it 5 stars] and I am so glad I did. This was a very, very good book and I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep. I'm always looking for a "series" book and can't wait to begin the second one in the series tonight. Just before writing this review, I was very surprised to read the author was only 21 years old when he wrote this book; WOW! Mr. Koryta has a great talent for such a young man. I hope he continues to write for years and years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Koryta's first mystery is, hands-down, the best debut mystery of the year. Koryta brings a veteran's touch to his first book despite being a remarkably young writer. The novel starts with a dead private investigator whose family is missing, and from there Lincoln Perry and his partner Joe Pritchard move from the cold beaches of Lake Erie to the warm beach of South Carolina, unraveling a mystery that is extremely well plotted, full of twists that do not seem at all contrived. Koryta's greatest strength is his dialogue, and the action scenes will make you turn the pages of this wonderful book quickly. Put this one at the top of your Christmas list.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! This was one of the best mysteries I've ever read. Will certainly be reading this author's future books. If you're prepared to lose sleep.....this one's for you. There's no way to explain how Mr. Koryta keeps the suspense going, and I really never suspected how it ended. Fantastic read!!!!!
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very good book by this author. all his books are really good. You won't waste ur money if u buy. In fact i have read all of his books and not one has disappointed me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so into this book;it became very hard for me to focus on anything during the day because of this book. Keeps you guessing and intrigued. Since reading this book, I ordered 2 more by this author.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
The phrase "tonight I said goodbye" is found in a little girl's diary, but the little girl and her mother are missing when her father is found murdered in their home.  Police rule it a suicide, and suspect the man has murdered his wife and daughter and hid their bodies somewhere before he shot himself.  The little girls grandfather is adamant that his son was murdered, so he hires PIs Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard to prove this, and to find his daughter in law and granddaughter---dead or alive.   The dead man was a PI himself, and Perry and Pritchard discover that he was working for a very powerful man, with connections to the Russian mob.  The more they discover, the desperate and deadlier the results become.  When they stumble upon the wife and daughter hiding out in another state, things become dangerous for everyone. With this first book in the Perry and Pritchard series, we learn a lot about the background of these characters while they pursue and are pursued.  The mystery is fast passed, with the addition of a child and mother that adds an additional element of suspense.  Looking forward to reading more from this young talented author.  Thankfully, there are a number waiting out there to be read already. 
1unicorn2many More than 1 year ago
At times it was a little slow moving but towards the end I couldn't put it down until I got to the end - 4 1/2 hours later! I'm a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like books with the same main and supporting characters, you'll like this one. Unfortunately there are only four in the series. I have read all of them and would readily purchase another if it were ever to be written.
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Good debut. It had quite a twist towards the end that was not evident earlier! Plan to read more by this author.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Flawless series-starter! Suspenseful plot, skilled writing and rounded-out characters make for a great read. I hope this author keeps writing, because I love his style! Also recommended: Lee Child, Sue Grafton and Ruth Rendell.
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I went back to this after reading two of Koryta's more recent books and this is a solid crime novel - I bought it to read on my commute and at the gym and it was perfect for that. I liked "So Cold the River" and "The Cypress House" better, but they are a different sort of novel, and definitely show his development as an author.
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