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Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta (2004)



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Very boring. Cliches abound, ie, no cliche is left unturned: Damsel in distress - check, pair of dynamic detectives - check, Tycoon as the bad guy - check. Prose very dull. It was my first Michael Koryta book. I hope it won't be the last... ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
The debut novel by Michael Koryta doesn't read like a debut novel. It's full of action, intriguing dialogue, and mystery. You don't want to put this down, you want to keep reading. As I did. I sat it down after finishing a chapter, picked it up, and didn't put it down until I finished it. This debut has seasoned author written all over it. ( )
  mike1990 | Nov 17, 2016 |
I didn't like it as much as I had expected to - given its reviews and its genre. There was too much weak dialogue and the main character going here and there and then there and here...just to have yet another dialogue.

I really didn't like how the "romantic" component was done - it wasn't really a romantic component, but Perry still "sized" up a woman, and acted out on an attraction to her when it was completely unrealistic that she would be interested (only logical reason she would show interest in him would be because she was a bad guy), or that he would be interested in her since he, supposedly, is emotionally attached to another female character. Or he's following his genitalia... in either case it didn't fit his character, or the story line. ( )
  crazybatcow | Aug 7, 2015 |
A crime fiction series based in Cleveland? Here it is...the first book in a series based on two former Cleveland cops, relatively new in the PI business. One young, one old. It was a fast well written story. I liked the setting and the characters. The age-related gaffe: the way Kortya depicts the mother-daughter relationship--at 21 he knows girls--the relationship between mother and daughter is intense but pretty shallow. All in all, a professional first novel effort. I'll go on to read others in the series. ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 25, 2015 |
It seems that this is Koryta's first novel,written when he was 20. Enjoyable as it was,this is clearly an apprentice work and not up to the high standard of his other books.
It introduces his series character,the Private Eye,Lincoln Perry in a case which includes the Russian Mafia and corrupt individuals of all sorts.
It will be interesting to see how this character develops as the series progresses. ( )
  devenish | Oct 9, 2014 |
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To Bob Hammel. For his teaching, guidance, encouragement, and friendship I am deeply indebted.
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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.
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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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Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an up-scale cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston's father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his grand daughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports. There are rumours of gambling debts and extortion, and a group of Russians with ties to organised crime who don't appreciate being investigated - a point they make clear with baseball bats. With some assistance from newspaper reporter Amy Ambrose, Perry and Pritchard believe they are making swift progress. But then they are warned off the investigation by a millionaire real estate tycoon and the FBI. Just when they feel they are closing in on a possible source of answers, another murder forces them to change direction in the case.… (more)

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