Tonight I Said Goodbye

Lincoln Perry (Volume 1)

Michael Koryta

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Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his upscale Cleveland suburban home. His wife and six-year-old daughter are now missing. The police think the former Marine murdered them. Hoping to exonerate his son, Weston’s father hires PIs Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard. 
Perry and Pritchard soon discover there is much more lying beneath the surface, including rumors of gambling debts, extortion, and a Russian mob that likes to wield baseball bats. But just when Perry and Pritchard believe they are making swift progress, a millionaire real estate tycoon and the FBI advise them to back off of the investigation. 
Then without warning, another murder suddenly forces them to change direction in the case as they uncover a trail of deadly twists—but the most shocking secret of all has yet to be unraveled...
Tonight I Said Goodbye is a 2005 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

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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

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Praise for Tonight I Said Goodbye

"Quick pacing, sharp dialogue and very human characters--the good guys and the bad--make Michael Koryta's debut a fine and satisfying read."
--SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of Winter and Night

"Michael Koryta hits the ground running with this masterful debut. He's already so good, it's scary!"
-- Steve Hamilton, author of Ice Run

"An exciting debut that crackles with gunfire and terse, dead-on dialogue. This is noir, fresh and fine."
--William Kent Krueger, author of Blood Hollow

"...the 21-year-old author excels at building characters and story, making this one of the best mystery debuts this year."
--Library Journal

"This riveting detective novel should delight fans looking for new talent."
--Publishers Weekly

"A gracefully written, straight-ahead detective story with a welcome 11th-hour surprise."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Koryta is only 21, but he writes with the style of a seasoned vet...This is a writer to watch."
--Globe & Mail

"Michael Koryta makes an impressive debut."
--Midwest Book Review

"An incredibly fresh private-investigator novel...Koryta...emerges fully formed in his first effort."
--Chicago Tribune

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About the Author

Michael Koryta

MICHAEL KORYTA lives in Bloomington, Indiana. While in high school he began to work both for a private investigator and for the local newspaper, and he still has those jobs. That work experience benefited his fiction writing greatly. He completed his degree at Indiana University in May of 2005.

Michael Koryta

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Tonight I Said Goodbye
Michael Koryta


Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Great Lakes Book Award - Winner

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
November 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312932091
ISBN10: 031293209X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429906210
ISBN10: 1429906219
304 pages

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