The Silent Hour

Lincoln Perry (Volume 4)

Michael Koryta

Minotaur Books

Whisper Ridge is a multimillion-dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed a unique program for paroled murderers. The program never got off the ground, however, despite the passion of Alexandra Cantrell, daughter of a notorious Mafia don, and her husband, Joshua. Twelve years later, the uninhabited house is in ruins. It remains a strange monument to dangerous secrets…until Joshua’s bones are found buried deep in the forest.

“The inventive plot of The Silent Hour surprises right up to the end.”
St. Petersburg Times

Private investigator Lincoln Perry isn’t thrilled about having to unearth this enduring mystery—one that continues to capture the media’s attention. His new client is no picnic either: Parker Harrison served fifteen years for murder but claims Alexandra Cantrell’s intervention saved his life. Following a trail that leads straight to the heart of Cleveland’s organized crime scene, Perry finds himself immersed in a case that challenges his abilities as a detective and his commitment to that calling. Now he’s glancing over his shoulder at every turn—and pushing the bounds of safety even as he backs away…


Praise for The Silent Hour


The Silent Hour

“Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature PI Lincoln Perry.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The inventive plot surprises right up to the end, and in Perry, Koryta has created a classic tough detective—a man with enough dark passages in his own past to recognize them in others, a bulldog who just can’t let go until the ending of the story is told, no matter how close to hell it takes him.”—St. Petersburg Times

“Feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler. Koryta belongs on every genre reader’s bookshelf.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Koryta writes with maturity and grace, delivering clipped, crisp prose and crackling suspense.”—Booklist

“Koryta is definitely one of the best of the new generation of U.S. mystery writers.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“The plot is intricately woven and moves forward slowly with intuitive leaps of faith. As a protagonist, Perry is completely human, with knowledge, ability and insecurities. The twists in the story are so unexpected that the reader can only scratch his or her head in awe and wonderment.”—Crimespree magazine

Envy the Night

Winner of the los angeles times book prize


“Gallows humor leavens this heart-pounding thriller...Take yourself to an island, pull up an Adirondack chair, and scare yourself silly with this one.” —Boston Globe

“Revenge drives this superb stand-alone...Koryta's dialogue is as sharp as the knives his characters wield, and his plot twists at the most unexpected moments. This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Koryta's skill as a writer—and as a crafter of complicated plots —will fascinate.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A great new stand-alone novel. Envy the Night is a story full of family history, with a likable protagonist and a strong sense of place...Koryta's characters are irresistible.” —Charlotte Observer

“Superb writing and storytelling from Michael Koryta...Envy the Night represents his best work to date.” —New York Times bestselling author George Pelecanos

“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.”   —New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson


A Shamus Award Nominee

“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

“Sentence for polished sentence, no one in the genre writes better.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Addictively readable.”—Chicago Tribune

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

“Edgar-finalist Koryta stakes a claim as one of today’s preeminent 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

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Michael Koryta

  • MICHAEL KORYTA’s first novel, the award-winning, Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was just twenty-one, and was followed by Sorrow’s Anthem; A Welcome Grave; and the stand-alone thriller Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

  • Michael Koryta Photo: Tom Stio
    Michael Koryta


Available Formats and Book Details

The Silent Hour

Lincoln Perry

Michael Koryta



Minotaur Books