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Chapter OneFrank Temple III walked out of the county jail at ten in the morning with a headache, a citation for public intox, and a notion that it was time to leave town.It wasn’t the arrest that convinced him. That had been merely a nightcap to an evening of farewells—Frank hanging from the streetlamp outside of Nick’s on Kirkwood Avenue, looking down into the face of a bored cop who’d seen too many drunks and saying, “Officer, I’d like to report a missing pair of pants.”It hadn’t been the hours in the detox cell, either.
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“A heart-pounding thriller.” —Boston Globe
"Michael Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo-noir crime writers by putting a fresh spin on the fathers-and-sons narrative." ---The New York Times“I’ve read the heir apparent. There is grit and determination in this writing; there is heart and character; the threat of violence first simmers, then boils over. The pulse quickens. This diabolical novel, laid out in simple but eloquent prose and pitch-perfect dialogue, heralds a changing of the guard. I have seen the future of ‘The Best Mystery Writer in America’ and its name is Michael Koryta.” ---Ridley Pearson“Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta, one of crime fiction’s brightest young talents. Envy the Night represents his finest work to date." ---George Pelecanos
“Addictively readable.”---Chicago Tribune“Sentence for polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better.”---Kirkus Reviews“Stylish prose...well observed.”---The New York Times“Haunting writing...sophisticated plotting.”---Publishers Weekly“It’s time to stop referring to Michael Koryta as a boy wonder and just focus on the sheer wonder of his storytelling. Koryta knows how to put his characters---and his readers---into an ever-tightening vise of twists, turns, and conspiracies, but it’s his empathy that makes his work stand out.”---Laura Lippman“For a while now Michael Koryta has been called one of the rising young talents in crime fiction. I say enough of that….Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple.” ---Michael Connelly
Michael Koryta’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one, and was followed by Sorrow’s Anthem and A Welcome Grave. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. His work has been translated into more than ten languages.