Envy the Night

Michael Koryta

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In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer—and committed suicide to avoid prosecution—Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life. But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it’s a homecoming Frank can’t allow.

Frank finds Matteson’s old cabin occupied by a strange, beautiful woman and a nervous man with a gun. But when a pair of assassins arrives on their heels, he knows Matteson can’t be far behind. The wise move would be to get out of town—but that doesn’t feel right. After all, contract killer or not, Frank’s father was at heart a teacher. And his son was an excellent student….

 

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Chapter One

Frank 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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Praise for Envy the Night

“Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple.”—Michael Connelly

“With Envy the Night, Koryta earns a seat at the high table of neo-noir crime writers.”—The New York Times

“A heart-pounding thriller.” —Boston Globe

“Koryta’s best work to date.” —George Pelecanos


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Michael Koryta

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.

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Envy the Night
Michael Koryta

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
August 2009
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312357412
ISBN10: 0312357419
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 368 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250062550
ISBN10: 1250062551
$21.99

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429928472
ISBN10: 1429928476
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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