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Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta (2004)

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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 |
I always like characters who have good banter, and Lincoln and Joe were pretty good. Amy, aka Lois Lane, wasn't bad either. The story was interesting with sufficient twists and turn, and everything came together pretty well. My only issue was with Julie, I felt like her whole role in the book was too telegraphed by her weird behavior. However, her daughter, Betsy, stole the show from everyone. I will definitely give the next in the series a try as I felt this author has a lot of promise. ( )
  she_climber | Mar 3, 2014 |
One of those books that makes the point that the Russian mafia are the biggest, baddest bad guys around one more time. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link . ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
Witty dialog between the partners Perry and Prichard, and a fair amount of action. A not too intolerable variation of (nearly) sleeping with the killer. One wonders if the depiction of the Russian mob is accurate. It was enough to give the series a chance. ( )
  Darrol | May 15, 2011 |
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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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