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September 5, 2007 / C.T. Henry

REVIEW:Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta

9825794.gifInvestigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and 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 P.I.s Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard. Unfortunately, their investigation turns up two suspects: a millionaire real-estate tycoon and the Russian mob.

With great humor, plot twists, and well-written action sequences, this first novel is a real winner. Koryta claims to be inspired by Dennis Lehane novels, but he has definitely found his own wonderful voice. This was the 2003 Winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Prize for Best First PI Novel. When you finish, you’ll want to immediately read the next one: Sorrow’s Anthem.

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