Michael Koryta became the youngest winner of the annual PI Writers of America Best First PI Novel contest. Michael was just 20 when he wrote the winning novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye which went on to earn an Edgar nomination for best first novel. Michael's second and third Lincoln Perry novels were Sorrow's Anthem and A Welcome Grave. Michael Koryta is still in his twenties and lives in Bloomington, Indiana. An award-winning newspaper reporter, Michael also works part-time as a PI for one of Indiana's only certified legal investigators.
Edgar-finalist Koryta spins a dark tale of broken dreams and second chances in his stunning fourth mystery to feature Cleveland, Ohio, PI Lincoln Perry (after 2008's A Welcome Grave). When Perry starts receiving letters from convicted murder Parker Harrison, he ignores them until the man shows up in his office. Twelve years earlier, the then recently paroled Harrison worked for Alexandra and Joshua Cantrell, a couple who ran a rehabilitation program for violent offenders. Then they disappeared, and Harrison wants Perry's help in tracking down Alexandra. Suspicious why Harrison waited so long, Perry discovers that Joshua's bones were recently unearthed in Pennsylvania. Ken Merriman, a Pittsburgh PI, soon arrives in Cleveland, asking Perry for help finding out who killed Joshua. That Alexandria's brother heads one of Cleveland's most notorious mob families complicates matters. Perry has to reconsider everything he thought he knew about right, wrong and everything in between. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.