A Welcome Grave

Lincoln Perry (Volume 3)

Michael Koryta

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Sometime after midnight, on a moonless October night turned harsh by a fine, windswept rain, one of the men I liked least in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city....The detectives went looking for suspects--- people whose histories with Jefferson were adversarial and hostile. At the top of that list, they found me.

So begins A Welcome Grave, the third novel by award-winning mystery writer Michael Koryta, featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry. Once a rising star on the Cleveland police force, Perry ended his career when he left one of the city’s prominent attorneys, Alex Jefferson, bleeding in the parking lot of his country club---retribution for his affair with Perry’s fiancée.
            Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder, and his widow has called upon Perry for a favor he knows he shouldn’t accept but can’t turn down: to find Jefferson’s estranged son, partial beneficiary of the dead man’s fortune. The case is simple enough, a routine “locate,” and he’ll be paid plenty of money for the work. The encounter should be simple, too: a brief exchange of information and maybe an empty condolence before Perry gets back into his truck and returns home. Instead, he’s loaded into a police car and taken to a rural jail while Jefferson’s son is zipped into a body bag.
            Perry soon learns that Jefferson’s millions are the target of a thirst for revenge that hasn’t been satisfied by blood. As a pair of deadly assailants push deep into the investigator’s life, they bring with them police from two states who are determined to see Perry in jail.
            Building on the skill that prompted the Toronto Sun to call him “one of America’s best young mystery writers,” Michael Koryta makes A Welcome Grave an intense exploration of the lengths to which a desperate man is forced to go in order to clear his name and solve a crime. This is a thrilling new book that justifies the critical acclaim and solidifies his role as an emerging talent among today’s top writers.

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Chapter One Sometime after midnight, on a moonless October night turned harsh by a fine, windswept rain, one of the men I liked least in the world was murdered in a field near Bedford, just south of the city. Originally, they assumed the body had only been dumped there. That Alex Jefferson had been killed somewhere else, dead maybe before the mutilation began. They were wrong. It was past noon the next day when the body was discovered. A dozen vehicles were soon assembled in the field—police cars, evidence vans, an ambulance that could serve no purpose but was dispatched anyhow.

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Praise for A Welcome Grave

“Stylish...well observed.”—The New York Times

“Addictively readable.”—Chicago Tribune

“A nuanced, mature novel that proves both the depth of Koryta's talent and the vitality of the PI genre.”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman


“Edgar-finalist Koryta stakes a claim as one of today’s pre-eminent crafters of contemporary hard-boiled mysteries...Despite Koryta’s youth ...his haunting writing and logical, sophisticated plotting rival that of established stalwarts like Loren Estleman.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If you haven’t already discovered Michael Koryta…now’s the time. A Welcome Grave is his best book.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

“The Rust Belt never looked so scary...a nightmare chess game.” —The Rocky Mountain News

“The story is graced by Koryta's humor and style...”  —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

A Welcome Grave...is proof that after only three novels it is possible to become a 'must read' in crime fiction...one of the best P.I. against the world books I've read in a long, long time. Koryta's dialogue remains vivid and his characters sharp as a diamond drill bit.” —Crimespree magazine

“In his third efficiently plotted mystery, Koryta lands most of his punches...” —Entertainment Weekly

“Koryta’s story-telling is enhanced by a fluid prose style...” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“An exciting novel with carefully rendered characters, even secondary ones, who will remain with the reader long after turning the last page.” —Bookreporter.com
“This is the book that will put Koryta on everyone’s ‘must read’ list...The action is relentless.—The Kingston Observer

“The best entry yet in the Lincoln Perry private-eye series” —Library Journal (starred review)

“It’s time to stop referring to Michael Koryta as a boy wonder and just focus on the sheer wonder of his storytelling...A Welcome Grave is a nuanced, mature novel that proves both the depth of Koryta’s talent and the vitality of the PI genre.”—New York Times bestselling author 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. A Welcome Grave proves the promise. Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple. With stories like this, his Lincoln Perry is going to be around for a long, long time.”Michael Connelly

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About the Author

Michael Koryta

MICHAEL KORYTA’s first novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. 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 novels have been translated into several languages.

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A Welcome Grave
Michael Koryta

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429936330
ISBN10: 1429936339
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages

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Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312947514
ISBN10: 0312947518
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 368 pages

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